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Alan Blankenheimer is senior counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office and has substantial experience litigating patent cases, other intellectual property matters and antitrust disputes for the semiconductor, computer hardware and software industries.  He has represented leading technology companies such as Maxim Integrated Products, Microchip Technology, Azul Systems, and Cypress Semiconductor.  Mr. Blankenheimer is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property and antitrust issues facing technology companies.

  • Zond, Inc. v. SK hynix, Inc., et al.  Represented SK hynix in patent litigation brought by Zond, Inc. involving eight patents relating to plasma generation in semiconductor manufacturing (D. Mass.).
  • Peregrine Semiconductor v. RF Micro Devices, (S.D. Cal.).  Represented Peregrine Semiconductor in a multi-patent litigation involving radio frequency switch devices.
  • Hewlett-Packard Co. adv. Linex Technologies.  Obtained summary judgment rulings on non-infringement and invalidity in patent litigation involving MIMO wireless communication systems (N.D. Cal.).
  • In the Matter of Certain Wireless Communication Devices and Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same.  Represented leading technology companies in patent infringement litigation involving MIMO wireless communication systems (U.S. International Trade Commission).
  • Finisar Corporation v. Source Photonics, Inc. et al.  Represented Source Photonics in patent infringement involving fiber optic components used in telecommunication systems and data communication networks (N.D. Cal.).
  • DTS, Inc. v. Zoran Corp.  Represented DTS in arbitration and related antitrust litigation over obligation to license Blu-Ray technology on RAND terms (N.D. Cal. and ICDR).
  • Microchip Technology Incorporated v. LSI Corporation et al.  Represented Microchip in a declaratory judgment action involving patents on semiconductor design and fabrication technology (D. Ariz.).
  • DTS, Inc. v. SiriusXM Radio.  Representation of DTS in arbitration regarding satellite digital audio radio technology (ICDR).
  • Lattice Semiconductor v. Intellectual Ventures.  Defense of Lattice in suit for infringement of programmable logic patents (D. Del.).
  • Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. v. Intersil Corporation, et al.  Represented Silicon Storage Technology in a declaratory judgment action involving EEPROM devices (N.D. Cal.).
  • Finisar Corp. v. Source Photonics, Inc.  Represented Source Photonics in this patent infringement suit involving fiber optic components used in telecommunication systems and data communication networks (N.D. Cal).
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. adv. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.  Represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in a patent infringement case involving semiconductor fabrication technologies (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. et al. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al.).
  • Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. v. Freescale Semiconductor Inc.  Represented Maxim in case involving 13 patents (N.D. Cal.).
  • ArrayComm LLC v. Atheros Communications Inc.  Enforcement of 3 telecommunications patents (E.D. Tex.).
  • Microchip Technology Inc. adv. LSI/Agere.  Defense of suit for infringement of tungsten metallization patent (ITC, E.D. Tex.).
  • Azul Systems, Inc. adv. Sun Microsystems, Inc.  Represented Azul Systems, Inc. in patent infringement and trade secret suit relating to transactional memory, use and integration of multiple core processors, distributed processing, garbage collection techniques, and array bounds checking (N.D. Cal.).
  • Maxim Integrated Products adv. Analog Devices.  Defense in trade secret case involving analog-to-digital converters; successfully defended against issuance of a preliminary injunction; litigation ultimately settled (North Carolina).
  • Microchip Technology v. Zilog, v. Luminary Micro, Inc.  Enforcement of microcontroller patent (D. Ariz.).
  • Applied Precision, Inc. adv. Integrated Technology Corp.   Represented AP in patent litigation regarding probe card inspection systems (D. Ariz.).
  • Maxim Integrated Products adv. Linear Technology Corp.  Defense of patent infringement litigation relating to voltage regulators (N.D. Cal.).
  • Maxim Integrated Products v. Semtech Corp.  Enforcement of voltage regulator patents (N.D. Cal.).
  • Maxim Integrated Products adv. Microelectronics Modules, Inc.  Defense re voltage regulator patents (E.D. Wis.).
  • Microchip Technology adv. U.S. Philips.  Defense re serial bus interface patent (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Cypress Semiconductor, VLSI Technology adv. LSI adv. Texas Instruments.  Successful defense of patent litigation involving plastic encapsulation patents (N.D. Tex., Fed. Cir.).
  • Cypress Semiconductor Corp. adv. U.S. Philips.  Defense of patent infringement litigation relating to semiconductor bus interface patent (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Maxim Integrated Products adv. Sipex Corporation.  Enforcement of computer interface patents (D. Mass.).
  • Integrated Circuit Systems adv. Motorola.  Defense of action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets concerning high performance frequency timing devices; case settled (Arizona).
  • SyQuest Technology, Inc. adv. Sparc International, Inc.  Successful defense of trademark infringement preliminary injunction (N.D. Cal.).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • 2016 and 2017 Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School and Chapman University Fowler School of Law: Intellectual Property, Information Privacy Law
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property (2014-2017)
  • IAM Patent 1000 - The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2016)
  • San Diego Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property (2012-2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Intellectual Property - Patent Litigation (2012)
  • BTI Client Service All-Stars (2011)
  • Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners (2009-2014)