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Darren E. Donnelly

Darren E. Donnelly

Fenwick & West LLP

Mountain View, CA, USA


Darren Donnelly's practice focuses on patent and other intellectual property litigation and counseling with emphasis in data management, technical computing, telecommunications, and Internet technologies.

In addition to preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. and abroad, Mr. Donnelly has counseled companies on patent portfolio development and management, patent licensing strategies and patent enforcement strategies.

Mr. Donnelly served as trial counsel for Amazon.com in Cordance Corp. v. Amazon.com, winning a defense verdict before a Delaware jury that found two of three patents not infringed and the one remaining patent invalid.

Mr. Donnelly served as trial counsel for Informatica in Informatica Corp. v. Business Objects, winning a $25 million jury award in its patent suit against Business Objects.

Mr. Donnelly represented Cryptography Research, Inc. (“CRI”) in Cryptography Research v. VISA, a watershed case for the secure smart card industry, where CRI asserted eight fundamental patents covering differential power analysis countermeasure against Visa International. VISA settled on terms very favorable to CRI.

Mr. Donnelly represented Netflix in Lycos v. Netflix et al. where, after transferring the case from a “rocket docket” to a more favorable venue, he convinced the court to stage the case to allow accelerated — and ultimately successful — summary judgment of non-infringement with minimal discovery. Mr. Donnelly has subsequently represented Netflix in other several other matters all to favorable resolution.

For over a decade, Mr. Donnelly has represented Amazon.com and its affiliates in several patent infringement cases, including against Barnesandnoble.com, where he helped enforce via preliminary injunction, Amazon.com’s 1-click® patent.

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