Four Jones Day partners listed among California's 2020 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers by the Daily Journal

Four Jones Day partners have been named to the Daily Journal's 2020 list of 'Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California.' The Daily Journal's compiled its 2020 list of 'Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California' from hundreds of nominations submitted by lawyers statewide, with the honorees selected by editors based on the impact of their work in intellectual property.

"We are proud to once again to be recognized for our work representing leading technology and life sciences companies on their critical intellectual property matters," said Karen P. Hewitt, Regional Partner-in-Charge of California at Jones Day. "These recognitions are a testament to the talent of our lawyers and the significance of the matters they handle, as well as our collective dedication to protecting and advancing our clients’ business interests, and of Jones Day’s commitment to intellectual property practice in California." 

The Jones Day partners recognized are:

  • Michael C. Hendershot
  • Anthony M. Insogna
  • Andrea Jeffries
  • Randy Kay

Michael C. Hendershot, Silicon Valley, is a trial lawyer who has focused on patent and trade secret litigation for two decades.  He has helped deliver results for industry leaders across the country, including jury wins in the Eastern District of Texas and Delaware and defending eBay from trial through its landmark Supreme Court victory in eBay v. MercExchange. Recently, he led the successful defense of Sony Mobile, LG Electronics, and others against three voice-recognition and AI patents asserted against a range of products, from phones to televisions.  Mike successfully argued a motion that the patents were invalid under section 101 for Sony and LG (and numerous other companies who joined the motion), ultimately invalidating over 170 claims on the pleadings.  He delivered similar results for Sony Mobile and LG in the Southern District of California, invalidating all claims of a mobile-browsing patent, and for Samsung in the Northern District of California, winning a claim construction that was upheld by the Federal Circuit and required the plaintiff to stipulate to non-infringement for all claims of a voice-recognition patent.   

Anthony M. Insogna, chair of Jones Day's global Intellectual Property Practice and partner in the San Diego Office, has more than 29 years of patent law experience assisting emerging companies with protecting their breakthrough technologies to enforcing and defending patents for international pharmaceutical and biotech companies worldwide. Widely recognized as a life sciences industry leader, he has successfully protected biotech and pharmaceutical products alike. Currently Mr. Insogna and his team are coordinating worldwide efforts for securing and defending patents for CRISPR technology on behalf of ToolGen, a leader in this breakthrough genome-editing tool.  The CRISPR cutting-edge gene editing technology has radically impacted the scientific community, and has the potential to revolutionize how genetics and molecular biology are conducted and how medical and agriculture advances are developed and applied. This is the sixth consecutive year that Mr. Insogna has been named to this list.

Andrea Jeffries, Los Angeles, has nearly 25 years of experience. Ms. Jeffries leads significant intellectual property matters involving patents, trade secrets, and other forms of IP across a range of technologies. Most recently, she led a Jones Day team in obtaining, along with co-counsel, a $752 million verdict on behalf of patentee Sloan Kettering Institute and Juno Therapeutics (a subsidiary of Celgene Corporation, now a Bristol-Myers Squibb company) in a patent infringement trial in the Central District of California involving CAR-T therapy. She also served as co-lead counsel in a significant patent infringement matter involving test and measurement devices known as oscilloscopes.  This action was one of numerous legal actions between Tektronix, Inc. and a fierce competitor, including IPRs and a patent infringement action in the ITC.  In July 2019, the team obtained a favorable Markman ruling, including a ruling that a key patent claim term was invalid as indefinite for lacking corresponding structure in the patent specification. 

Randy Kay, San Diego, has nearly 30 years of experience in the courtroom handling trade secret, patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and business disputes. He represents plaintiff and defendant clients including technology, telecom, semiconductor, biotech, and medical device companies. Mr. Kay leads Micron’s international trade secret litigation where the semiconductor manufacturer asserts trade secret and RICO claims against two Asian would-be competitors.  Global news publications reported this lawsuit as emblematic of the U.S. trade war with China as it exemplifies Chinese companies’ theft of U.S. intellectual property.  Mr. Kay obtained a precedent-setting court ruling by establishing U.S. jurisdiction over foreign actors whose misappropriation of Micron’s DRAM technology took place primarily on foreign soil.

"The prominent cases that our California lawyers are handling demonstrate our capacity to advance and protect our clients’ intellectual property rights across technologies," said Mr. Insogna. "Andrea's, Mike's, and Randy's unique talents, knowledge and experience reflect the depth, breadth, and strength of our California IP litigation practice throughout the state and across numerous industries."

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.