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Shawn G. Hansen



Shawn G. Hansen is an intellectual property partner based in our Los Angeles office and also maintains an office in our San Francisco office to work with clients and handle matters in Northern California. Shawn has built a successful track record over two decades of litigating and trying patent and other intellectual property cases in federal courts throughout the United States. He excels at synthesizing cutting edge technologies with legal strategy and is adept with technologies from software and semiconductors to pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics. And he brings to bear exceptional capabilities to communicate complex technology to lay audiences and to keep the forest and the trees in focus at once.

What do you focus on?

I am dedicated to helping research institutions and other clients in the life sciences, technology, and media industries craft and execute IP strategies optimized for their business objectives, from high stakes litigation to tech transfer and licensing.

Presentations

  • “Direct Enforcement of University IP—A Case Study of UC Santa Barbara’s Enforcement of Patent Rights Against Retailers,” AUTM 2019 Eastern Region Meeting, Raleigh, NC, October 3, 2019
  • Panelist, “Direct Enforcement of University IP—A Case Study of UC Santa Barbara’s Enforcement of Patent Rights Against Retailers,” AUTM 2019 Western Region Meeting, Seattle, WA, September 20, 2019
  • Speaker, “Optimizing IP Strategy for Life Sciences Startups,” Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator, Pasadena, CA, October 18, 2017

Representative Experience

  • Represent The Regents of the University of California in a groundbreaking patent enforcement campaign to protect its rights in a revolutionary new generation of light bulb technology known as filament LED that was invented by a Nobel laureate-led team at UC Santa Barbara. The campaign includes litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California and Eastern District of New York, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Represent Alaska Airlines, a major American airline, in a patent infringement case involving Modern Font Applications, LLC. The case is ongoing. Modern Font Applications LLC v. Alaska Airlines, Inc.
  • Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine International v. ImStem Biotechnology et al. (D. Mass.)—Represented Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine International (SCRMI) in action for correction of patent inventorship and for state law claims alleging wrongful acquisition, misuse, disclosure, and conversion of Astellas’s and SCRMI’s patented mesenchymal stem cell inventions.
  • TrickleStar LLC v. Embertec Pty Ltd. (PTAB)—Lead counsel for Australian manufacturer of power management technology in successful petition for inter partes review regarding patent owned by another Australian power management technology company.
  • Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. et al. v. Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. (D. Del.)—Counsel for co-plaintiff Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in concluded ANDA action regarding generic version of Xifaxan® antibiotic for reduction in risk of overt hepatic encephalopathy (HE) recurrence in adults and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) in adults.
  • Johnstech International Corp. v. JF Technology Berhad et al. (N.D. Cal.)—Lead trial counsel for Malaysian manufacturer defendant in patent infringement action regarding semiconductor device testing equipment.
  • In the Matter of Certain Laser Abraded Denim Garments (ITC)—Counsel for Swedish apparel retailer H&M in defense of Section 337 action regarding patents relating to methods for treating textiles with lasers.
  • Skywalker Holdings v. Vuly Trampolines (D. Utah)—Lead counsel for Australian manufacturer defendant in patent infringement action regarding trampoline safety equipment. The case has been settled and dismissed.
  • Priewasser v. Lintec Corporation et al. (D. Ariz.)—Counsel for Germany-based plaintiff against Japanese defendant in action for fraud and correction of inventorship related to semiconductor back grinding tape technology. Conducted numerous depositions in the United States consulate in Osaka, Japan.
  • Digital Air Technologies, LLC v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (C.D. Cal.)—Lead counsel for patentee plaintiff in concluded patent infringement action regarding special effects technology used in production of advertisements.
  • Arrowhead Media Holdings, LLC v. David Keighley Productions 70MM Inc. (C.D. Cal.)—Co-lead counsel for David Keighley Productions 70MM Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of IMAX Corporation) in defense of patent infringement claims under patent purporting to cover processes for recomposing large format motion picture media for transfer to conventional formats. The case has been settled and dismissed.
  • Fuhu, Inc. v. Toys “R” Us, Inc.—Co-lead counsel for Fuhu in action against Toys “R” Us (TRU) for trade secret misappropriation in connection with TRU’s launch of Tabeo, a competitor of Fuhu’s groundbreaking, full-featured Android tablet for children, the nabi™.
  • Visto Corp. v. Microsoft (E.D. Tex.)—Settled patent infringement action against Microsoft in the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall/Texarkana). Visto holds a portfolio of patents directed to wireless messaging and e-mail, calendar and contact synchronization, including U.S. Patent No. 6,085,192, which recently emerged from reexamination. Microsoft announced Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) for Windows Mobile 5.0 and Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. Direct Push technology in MSFP and Exchange Server 2003 SP2 is designed to allow Exchange Server to send messages and other PIM information directly to Windows Mobile 5.0 devices over the air (OTA) through wireless accounts. The case settled for a confidential amount just before trial in March 2008.
  • Visto Corp. v. Research In Motion (E.D. Tex.)—One of several patent infringement actions on the Visto patent portfolio against RIM, which settled for $267.5 million.

UC Takes Next Step with Filament Light Bulb Case: Manufacturers and ITC

Technology Transfer Tactics | October 22, 2020

This article, covering the University of California’s patent enforcement campaign related to filament LED light bulbs, quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy extensively on a successful initial phase of the campaign, and a recent complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission initiating the second phase. The NP team representing UC is led by Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen.

UC Expands Patent Lawsuit Against Retailers and Manufacturers

Supply Chain Brain | October 05, 2020

The following article covers the U.S. International Trade Commission’s second investigation into leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products, based on a complaint filed by Nixon Peabody on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). Supply Chain Brain quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy extensively on the expanded patent enforcement campaign. The NP team representing UC is led by Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen.

Nixon says ITC probes retailers in patent infringement case

Bloomberg Law | September 30, 2020

This article covers the U.S. International Trade Commission’s institution of a second investigation into leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products, based on a complaint NP filed on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen are leading the NP team in UC’s LED patent enforcement campaign.

USITC targets Ikea and GE in bulb investigation

World IP Review | September 30, 2020

The following article covers the U.S. International Trade Commission’s second investigation into leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products, based on a complaint filed by Nixon Peabody on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). Supply Chain Brain quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy extensively on the expanded patent enforcement campaign. The NP team representing UC is led by Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen.

UCSB Expands Patent Enforcement Campaign to Protect Its Filament LED Patents

LEDinside | September 14, 2020

This article covers a recent complaint NP filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC), expanding the LED patent enforcement campaign with new litigation against six leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products. The NP team is led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen.

UC System Asks ITC to Probe Home Depot, Others Over LEDs

Law360 | August 31, 2020

An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen on Monday expanded its groundbreaking patent enforcement campaign on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). The following articles cover the new complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products.

In addition to Seth and Shawn, the NP team includes Washington, DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Staci Riordan, Vincent Yip and Peter Wied, and associate Vince Capati; Chicago Intellectual Property associates Paulina Starostka and Angelo Christopher; San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tracy Ickes; and Los Angeles patent specialist Jason Moore.

'Edison' Bulb Battle Heats Up With University Targeting GE, Ikea

Bloomberg News | August 31, 2020

An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen on Monday expanded its groundbreaking patent enforcement campaign on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). The following articles cover the new complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products. In addition to Seth and Shawn, the NP team includes Washington, DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Staci Riordan, Vincent Yip and Peter Wied, and associate Vince Capati; Chicago Intellectual Property associates Paulina Starostka and Angelo Christopher; San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tracy Ickes; and Los Angeles patent specialist Jason Moore.

Universities should consider ITC for IP protection

Tech Transfer Tactics | February 18, 2020

Intellectual Property partners Evan Langdon of Washington, DC, and Shawn Hansen and Seth Levy of Los Angeles co-wrote this article explaining how the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) can be a “powerfully effective venue” for patent protection. Evan, Shawn, and Seth are leading the NP team representing the University of California in an investigation pending at the ITC concerning LED lightbulb technology. Read the full article on techtransfercentral.com.

What the University of California case means for retailers and IP in the supply chain

TotalRetail | February 13, 2020

This article analyzes the potential for lasting implications to the global supply chain as a result of the University of California’s (UC) patent enforcement campaign against several retailers selling filament LED lightbulbs. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen are the lead attorneys representing UC.

Central Coast tech firms, UCSB use litigation to protect patents

Pacific Coast Business Times | February 07, 2020

The article mentions Nixon Peabody’s ongoing representation of the Regents of the University of California in UC Santa Barbara’s patent enforcement matter, noting that a recent $1.1 billion verdict for the California Institute of Technology in another matter could bode well for UC Santa Barbara. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen are the lead attorneys representing UC.

University of California targets General Electric in campaign against patent infringement

Tech Transfer Central | January 08, 2020

This article quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy discussing Nixon Peabody’s representation of the University of California, which has sued General Electric as part of its ongoing campaign to enforce its patents on LED lightbulb technology. Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen are leading the NP team.

UCSB adds GE to lawsuit defending LED patents

Pacific Coast Business Times | January 02, 2020

Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy is quoted in this story covering the latest developments in UC Santa Barbara’s patent enforcement campaign to protect its LED lightbulb technology, including the addition of General Electric as a defendant. Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen are leading the NP team.

ITC to Probe Amazon, Walmart, Others in LED Patent Case

Law360 | August 29, 2019

This article highlights recent developments in the University of California’s campaign to protect its rights related to filament LED technology developed at UC Santa Barbara. On Wednesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission opened an investigation in response to UC’s complaint, filed in July by the Nixon Peabody team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen.

Ikea, Amazon, and the billion-dollar war over light bulb design

Fast Company | August 02, 2019

This article highlights the University of California’s campaign to protect its rights related to filament LED technology developed at the university. An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen is representing UC in this campaign.

Contact

Shawn G. Hansen

Partner

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6190

San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8290


Fax: 855-780-9262

University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., Senior Articles Editor, Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal

Brigham Young University, B.S., Human Biology

California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Recognized as a leading lawyer for patent litigation in the 2020 edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2019 editorial for Intellectual property—Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters).
  • Governor, Board of Governors at UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
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