Andrew Bridges is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading litigators on cutting-edge and high-stakes issues affecting technology, online platform and consumer oriented companies. Clients of all sizes seek him out not only to solve immediate business and litigation needs but also to help anticipate the potential policy implications and risks of new business models and technologies.
A vigorous, skilled and strategic advocate in tough and important fights, Andrew has 30 years of complex litigation experience in Internet, technology, media, copyright, trademark, advertising, trade secret, consumer protection, unfair competition, licensing and other commercial law disputes. He also coordinates foreign litigation matters for innovators and companies around the globe and participates in global forums that shape policy developments affecting startups, technology companies, and online platforms.
- Perfect 10, Inc. v. Giganews, Inc. Defeated all claims in a copyright, trademark, and publicity rights case pertaining to clients’ Usenet service, with landmark Ninth Circuit rulings on direct infringement, contributory infringement, and vicarious liability standards; obtained a $5.6 million attorney’s fees award for defendants.
- 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, with victories in the trial court and court of appeals.
- Perfect 10 v. Google and Amazon.com. Obtained key Ninth Circuit victory on questions of fair use and direct infringement standards applicable to linking for Google on complex copyright claims arising from operation of search engine.
- Perfect 10 v. Visa Int’l Serv. Ass’n. For Mastercard, defeated all claims in complex copyright, trademark, and publicity law secondary liability case, arguing for all defendants at hearings in district court and court of appeals.
- 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.
- Huntsman v. Soderbergh. Successfully defended ClearPlay, Inc., 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).
- Obtained the first recapture of a domain name after seizure by Homeland Security (dajaz1.com)
- Fitbug, Ltd. v. Fitbit, Inc. Obtained summary judgment for defendant on laches grounds in trademark infringement dispute.
Andrew has also drafted important and influential amicus briefs in numerous other Internet, technology, and intellectual property related cases. They include:
- in re Apple iPhone. Represented trade associations and companies supporting Apple against the US Government’s effort to crack into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino murders.
- Arizona v. NTIA. Represented many major Internet stakeholders supporting the US Government against a last-minute emergency motion by 4 states to halt its transfer of IANA stewardship functions to ICANN, filing the only amicus brief in the case 20 hours after being retained.
- A&M Records v. Napster. Drafted influential neutral amicus brief on behalf of Digital Media Association in major P2P copyright litigation.
Andrew regularly receives global, national and regional recognition as a leading litigator. In 2014 the California State Bar honored him with the Vanguard Award for his contributions to IP law and in 2017 the National Law Journal honored him as an “IP Trailblazer.” He is also ranked among the leading lawyers for Intellectual Property—Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets by Chambers USA and Chambers Global, with a Band 2 ranking in California and by World Trademark Review as one of the top 10 trademark litigators in the U.S. and one of the top six in California.
He has been an active contributor to the work of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other international policy organizations. He is proud of having mentored a number of prominent and rising figures in IP Law, including lawyers at some of the best known Internet companies.
Before joining Fenwick & West, Andrew was a partner and Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Winston & Strawn. From 1991 to 2004, he headed the Trademarks and Advertising Practices Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.