Amy E. Hayden, Ph.D.

Associate, Litigation  

San Francisco 415.875.2454


Amy Hayden focuses her practice on patent, trade secret and contract matters across a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, hardware and software. She has experience drafting various motions in both federal and state court, working with experts to draft reports and declarations, managing discovery, handling claim construction issues and taking and defending depositions. As an on-site member of several trial teams, she has prepared both fact witnesses and technical experts for testimony, prepared graphics for trial to explain the technology at issue and drafted various trial motions. Amy has also represented both petitioners and patent owners in inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She additionally has an active Federal Circuit practice, with experience in briefing appeals from both district courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Through her pro bono practice, Amy also has first-hand trial and appellate argument experience. She led a trial team that represented a California state prisoner in an Eighth Amendment excessive force case. After a week-long trial in federal court in San Jose, the jury awarded both compensatory and punitive damages to the prisoner. Amy provided the opening statement, conducted the direct examination of the plaintiff and the cross-examination of both the defense medical expert and two defendants. Amy has also argued before the Ninth Circuit, representing a pro bono client seeking compensation from the government for injuries her father suffered as an early nuclear energy worker.

While in law school, Amy was an article editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable A. Howard Matz for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Amy has research experience in organic, medicinal, and polymer chemistry.