Mitchell Zimmerman focuses his practice on counseling, risk management, litigation and conflict resolution involving intellectual property, copyrights and trademarks in computer software, Internet-based works and traditional forms of authorship. Mitchell is a Neutral of the American Arbitration Association (Large Case Technology, Science & Intellectual Property Roster). In 2009, he received California Lawyer magazine's Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award.
Mitchell has served as counsel in numerous copyright, trademark and patent cases, including: Research in Motion v. Good Technology (copyright in user interface of handheld communicators); Paramount v. ReplayTV (copyright fair use in digital video recorders); Lotus v. Borland (Lotus 1-2-3 user interface copyrights); Brown Bag Software v. Symantec (copyrights and trade dress in user interfaces); Candle Corp. vs. Boole & Babbage (early computer software patent).
Mitchell has taught Copyright Law at Santa Clara University Law School and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on copyright, trademark and Internet issues, including:
Mitchell is a prolific writer on intellectual property, technology protection, and alternative dispute resolution including:
In 2009, Mitchell was recognized as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his pro bono work on the Duncan death penalty case. In addition to his 2009 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award, Mitchell has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2004, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 2007-2014. He is also AV Peer Review Rated as "Preeminent" by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. Mitchell serves as a Trustee of the Computer History Museum.