Mitchell Zimmerman

Of Counsel, Intellectual Property  

Mountain View 650.335.7228



For more than 32 years Mitchell Zimmerman has practiced law at the intersection of technology and intellectual property. His work now focuses on counseling, risk management and conflict resolution 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:

  • BCLT/BTLJ Symposium, OPEN DATA: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Civil Rights Challenges (April 2015)
  • Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, The Next Great Copyright Act (April 2014)
  • Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age (April 2013)
  • Berkeley Law/Santa Clara Law, Copyright @ 300: Looking Back at the Statute of Anne, Looking Forward to Future Challenges (April 2010)
  • Stanford Law School (Law, Science & Technology Colloquium), Advising Clients in Contexts of Legal Uncertainty (April 2008)
  • PLI: Understanding Basic Copyright Law 2007 (September 2007)
  • San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association, Video Hosting & Display Websites: The IP Issues (April 2007)
  • Copyright Society of New York, Brave New Space-Shifted World (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.