Mr. Bridges’ global practice is dedicated to trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and strategic counseling in high stakes matters for Internet, technology and consumer-focused companies with respect to new business models, media, technologies and communications platforms. Considered a thought leader on cutting-edge legal issues, he has 25 years of complex litigation experience in copyright, trademark, advertising, trade secret, consumer protection, unfair competition, licensing, and other commercial law disputes. In addition, Mr. Bridges is a strategic advisor to entrepreneurs and companies on their branding and trademark portfolios. He also oversees the management of global portfolios and the coordination of foreign litigation matters for innovators and companies around the globe.
Before joining Fenwick & West, Mr. Bridges was a partner and Vice Chair of the firmwide Intellectual Property practice at Winston & Strawn. From 1991 to 2004, he headed the Trademarks and Advertising Practices Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In 2008, he was listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in California, and since then he has been repeatedly ranked among the top 75 or 100 IP litigators in California. He has rankings in Band 1 for Intellectual Property—Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets by Chambers USA and in Band 1 for California (one of only two individuals at that level) and in Band 2 nationally for Trademark Litigation by World Trademark Review, is listed in The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and in “Best of the Best” by Legal Media Group (for trademark law), and has been honored in a variety of other publications relating to e-commerce and intellectual property law. Mr. Bridges was also named an IP Star in Managing Intellectual Property's 2014 and 2015 editions. The Daily Journal named Mr. Bridges as one of the "Top Intellectual Property Attorneys" in 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Bridges served as a law clerk for the Honorable Marvin H. Shoob, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. The World Intellectual Property Organization's Mediation and Arbitration Center has selected him as a domain name arbitrator, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has appointed him an early neutral evaluator.
Mr. Bridges is on the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (Oxford University Press); an advisory board member for the Electronic Frontier Foundation; and an active member in numerous organizations, including the Copyright Society of the USA, International Trademark Association, International Technology Law Association, Media Law Resource Center, Federal Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is fluent in Modern Greek and proficient in French and Italian. He is a trustee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and a former director of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. He speaks frequently at law schools, business conferences, and legal seminars.
At Fenwick & West, Mr. Bridges has handled a number of important cases. Before joining Fenwick & West, Mr. Bridges' experience included:
- Perfect 10, Inc. v. Giganews, Inc. Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of debts on all claims in a copyright and trademark case pertaining to internet service; obtained a $5.6 million attorney’s fees award for defendants.
- Fitbug, Ltd. V. Fitbit, Inc. Obtained summary judgment for defendant on laches grounds in trademark infringement dispute.
- USA v. Richard O’Dwyer. Defended UK university student against criminal prosecution and extradition efforts relative to operation of UK-based “Linking” website; the US government dropped the prosecution and extradition.
- Garcia v. Google. Represented 11 major Internet companies in friend-of-the-court brief supporting reversal of injunction against controversial YouTube video.
- Recording Industry Association of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems. Successfully defended launch of first popular MP3 music player against claims under Audio Home Recording Act.
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios v. Grokster. Served as lead counsel for major defendant StreamCast Networks in major P2P copyright litigation; withdrew for financial reasons after 8 months, having set up strategy that prevailed in district court and court of appeals and having filed initial partial summary judgment motion.
- A&M Records v. Napster. Drafted influential neutral amicus brief on behalf of Digital Media Association in major P2P copyright litigation.
- Perfect 10 v. Visa Int’l Serv. Ass’n. Served as lead counsel for MasterCard in complex copyright, trademark, and publicity law secondary liability case, arguing for all defendants at hearings in district court and court of appeals.
- Perfect 10 v. Google and Amazon.com. Served as lead counsel for Google in defense of complex copyright and trademark claims arising from operation of search engine and advertising programs.
- Huntsman v. Soderbergh. Represented ClearPlay, Inc., defended maker of DVD replay filtering software against cutting-edge copyright (derivative work) claims by major motion picture studios and Lanham Act (mutilation) claims by major Hollywood directors and their guild (victory achieved through passage of Family Movie Act of 1995).
- People v. Network Associates. Defended a consumer fraud action by NY Attorney General against software maker for license terms prohibiting certain testing and reviews without written consent.
- Snap-On Tools v. CNET Networks. Thwarted TRO aimed at stopping launch of Internet portal under the name Snap! Online
- Stanford University v. Stanford Microdevices. Thwarted preliminary injunction against use of “Stanford” name during IPO.
Speaking Engagements 2013-2014
- December 15, 2014: Will Copyright Law Kill Startups & Innovation?, Startup Policy Lab, San Francisco
- December 8, 2014: When Trademarks Overlap with Other IP Rights, International Trademark Association, Munch
- November 13, 2014: Communications Law in the Digital Age 2014, Practising Law Institute, New York
- November 5, 2014: Law and Regulation of Intermediary Business 2014: Consumer-Facing Technology Providers, Online Platforms, and Online Media, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco
- October 1, 2014: Copyright and Technology 2014 London, Music Ally, London
- September 17-19, 2014: 2014 Media Law Conference, Media Law Resource Center, Reston
- August 20, 2014: Don't Get Caught in the Middle! Legal and Policy Developments with Intermediary Businesses, ACC America SFBA San Francisco
- July 23, 2014: ABC v. Aereo: What the Supreme Court Decided - And What It Did Not, Fenwick & West LLP, Mountain View
- June 16, 2014: 11th Annual Best Practices Conference, Stanford Law School, Stanford
- May 5, 2014: Public Roundtable on the Right of Making Available, U.S. Copyright Office, Washington, DC
- April 3-4, 2014: The Next Great Copyright Act, University of California, Berkeley
- February 10, 2014: Social Media 2014: Addressing Corporate Risks, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco