Eric Lancaster

Partner, Silicon Valley



Eric Lancaster's practice focuses on patent litigation matters across the country in district courts, the United States International Trade Commission, Patent Trade and Appeals Board, and state courts. His experience covers a variety of litigations relating to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software, social networking, mobile devices, semiconductor, LCDs, and computer hardware. Eric also has litigation experience with respect to antitrust and trade secret matters.

In addition to litigation matters, Mr. Lancaster provides strategic and commercial advice to leading multinational companies and has significant experience with IP and commercial due diligence investigations in the context of analyzing complex commercial and technical aspects of corporate transactions.

Bars and Courts
California State Bar
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Santa Clara University School of Law
BA & BS (Economics and Chemistry)
University of California, Davis


Confidential Client: Represented a major pharmaceutical company in multiple BPCIA matters.

Viveve, Inc. v. ThermiGen LLC: Represented a medical device company in association with a patent infringement case brought by one of its competitors in the Eastern District of Texas.

Walmart Global ecommerce: Represents Walmart's global eCommerce division in various patent litigation matters throughout the United States.

US Department of Justice v. Anthem: Represented Anthem, Inc., in its defense against the US Department of Justice's lawsuit to block Anthem's $54.2 billion agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation, the largest merger ever in the health insurance industry.

Confidential Client: Represented a leading global technology company in multiple recent acquisitions of technology companies.

Allure Energy Inc. v. Nest Labs, Inc.: Represented Google subsidiary Nest Labs, Inc. in a patent infringement case brought by Allure Energy Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas.

Eopus Innovations LLC v. DreamWorks Animation et al.: Represented DreamWorks, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Deluxe Entertainment, and Hydraulx in patent litigation involving computer graphics software.

Walker Digital v. Google Inc. et al.: Obtained summary judgment of invalidity of all asserted claims of both patents on behalf of Google after all other defendants settled in patent litigation involving social networking systems, as well as award of all requested costs.

American Imaging Services, Inc. v. Autodesk, Inc.: Obtained complete defense jury verdict of non-infringement and invalidity for Autodesk in patent infringement suit involving CAD software in Northern District of Texas.

In the Matter of Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices, Including Monitors, Televisions, and Modules, and Components Thereof: Obtained Final Determination of non-infringement or invalidity of all five asserted patents on behalf of Respondents Chimei InnoLux, InnoLux, and Chi Mei Optoelectronics USA in Section 337 Investigation involving LCD products. The Federal Circuit upheld the Commission's Final Determination providing a complete victory for our clients.

Richtek Technology Corp. v. Powerchip Technology Corp. et al.:

  • Represented Powerchip in litigation matter involving trade secret misappropriation. Obtained order for dismissal with prejudice without any payment to plaintiff.
  • Represented Powerchip in patent litigation matter involving power management integrated circuits.

Panavision Imaging v. OmniVision, et al.:  Represented Panavision Imaging in an action asserting four patents against Defendant's CMOS image sensors.

MOSAID v. Micron, et al.: Represented MOSAID in a multiple patent case involving memory and CMOS imaging chip technology. The case proceeded in both the Eastern District of Texas and the Northern District of California and was settled with all parties taking a license to the patents-in-suit after the Markman hearing but before the Markman decision was issued.

Alberta Telecommunications Research Centre v. Rambus Inc.: Represented Rambus in patent litigation matter involving clock synchronization technology.

Stormedia v. HGST et al.: Represented Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in the Eastern District of Texas in a multi-defendant patent litigation matter involving disc drives which resulted in an early settlement after initial invalidity contentions.

Speaking Engagements

Participated in Session III: Incentivizing Innovation: Are patents the gold standard? An Oxford-style Debate, 2015 W&C Digital Health Conference, Palo Alto

"Intellectual Property in the United States: Overview of Trade Secret, Trademark, Copyright, and Patent Laws", March 27, 2014: Polish Silicon Bridge Seminar, Warsaw, Poland