Mitchell Zimmerman

Of Counsel, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 650.335.7228



For more than 35 years Mitchell Zimmerman has practiced law at the intersection of technology and intellectual property. His work now focuses on counseling and risk management involving copyrights and other IP in computer software, Internet-based works and traditional forms of authorship.

In 2009, Mitchell received California Lawyer magazine's Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award. He has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2004, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 2007-present. He is AV Peer Review Rated as "Preeminent" by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

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. v. Boole & Babbage (early computer software patent).

Mitchell has taught Copyright Law at Santa Clara University Law School and is a frequent speaker at symposiums and conferences on copyright, trademark and Internet issues, including:

  • “OPEN DATA: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Civil Rights Challenges,” BCLT/BTLJ Symposium, April 2015
  • “The Next Great Copyright Act,” Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, April 2014
  • “Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age,” Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, April 2013
  • “Understanding Basic Copyright Law 2007,” Practising Law Institute, September 2007
  • “Video Hosting & Display Websites: The IP Issues,” San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association, April 2007
  • “Brave New Space-Shifted World,” Copyright Society of New York, February 2007

Mitchell is a prolific writer on intellectual property, technology protection, and alternative dispute resolution including:

In 2009, Mitchell was recognized as a California Lawyer magazine Attorney of the Year for his pro bono work on a death penalty case. Mitchell has engaged in a wide range of pro bono legal activities throughout his career, including serving as a Trustee of the Computer History Museum for nine years.

Mitchell’s pro bono work currently focuses on representation of undocumented young immigrants who are long-term residents of the U.S., and on amicus curiae briefs relating to immigration issues.