Biography

Andrea Weiss Jeffries is a trial lawyer who has handled formidable intellectual property disputes involving patents, trade secrets, and other forms of IP for over 20 years. She has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical processing, consumer goods, and semiconductor industries in a wide range of cases.  She has particularly extensive experience representing clients in high-stakes matters involving patents relating to pharmaceutical formulations, medical devices, and wireless communications.

Andrea litigates in California state courts and Federal courts across the country. Her many representations include a pharmaceutical company accused of infringing three patents relating to various aspects of an immunoassay analyzer in the District of Delaware, obtaining a favorable settlement just prior to trial; an American multinational conglomerate in a patent ownership dispute relating to technology used in wind turbine generators, and after a six-day bench trial, obtaining a favorable decision regarding the patent at issue; and a global semiconductor chip maker in the Central District of California in a significant competitor dispute involving the infringement of five patents in four technology areas and negotiating a favorable settlement.

Over the last few years, trade secret counseling and litigation have become a more significant portion of Andrea’s practice.  Recently, Andrea led the representation of a chemical processing company in a trade secret matter in the District of Montana involving an employee who departed with over a decade of exposure to the Company’s trade secrets.  After obtaining a TRO, Andrea was able to negotiate a favorable settlement for her client.  Current trade secret matters involve collaborations between business entities that have not proceeded as planned, and allegations of misuse of trade secret information shared under the terms of the collaborations. 

Andrea is a member of the Patent Damages & Remedies Working Group Committee (chair emeritus) and the Patent Litigation Best Practices Working Group Committee (vice chair emeritus) of the Sedona Conference. She is a Vice Chair of the Amicus Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Southern California Intellectual Property Institute's Planning Committee, and a member of the California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.   Andrea has written and spoken extensively on IP-related subjects, including on Artificial Intelligence.

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