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    Richard H. Zaitlen

    Richard H. Zaitlen
    Senior Partner

    T: +1.213.488.7568 F: +1.213.629.1033
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    Richard Zaitlen is a senior partner in the law firm's Intellectual Property practice and is located in the Los Angeles office. His experience in technical fields involving intellectual property matters encompasses a broad spectrum of technology, including consumer electronics, chemical and biochemical processes, compositions and related arts, as well as medical device technology. In terms of litigation, Mr. Zaitlen has been lead counsel in over twenty high-stakes jury trials involving patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as judge trials, arbitrations and mediations. He has also been lead counsel in many preliminary injunction proceedings involving intellectual property rights. Mr. Zaitlen has also represented numerous U.S. and foreign companies in obtaining and licensing rights in virtually every technology, including advanced computer software and hardware, electronic devices and consumer goods. Mr. Zaitlen has taken an active role in numerous mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, where the technology, trademarks, or copyrights are the driving force behind the relationship.

    Mr. Zaitlen was employed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for five years. While at the Patent Office, he was detailed to the Office of Legislation and International Affairs, where he helped draft various patent, trademark and copyright legislation.

    Mr. Zaitlen has also published numerous articles in the field of patents, trademarks and other intellectual property rights.

    Mr. Zaitlen is a past chair of the Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has been a member of the District of Columbia Bar since 1973, is a member of the California Bar since 1974, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    Mr. Zaitlen has been an adjunct professor of trademark law and unfair competition at Pepperdine University Law School and at Southwestern University Law School.

    Mr. Zaitlen now resides at Pillsbury's offices in Los Angeles.

    Retained as patent, trademark or copyright expert for the following cases:

    • Turn-Key-Tech v. Koito Manufacturing Company of Japan (Auto parts)
    • Ampex v. Mitsubishi (Large screen P-I-P TVs)
    • Ampex v. Kodak (ITC Proceeding) (electronic cameras)
    • Surfco Hawaii v. Fin Control Systems Pty Ltd. (surf boards)
    • Reuben Jaja v. Clean Oil Technology AB (oil purification)
    • Certain Digital Image Storage and Retrieval Devices (ITC Proceeding) (electronic storage systems)
    • Popeil Pasta Products, Inc. v. Helsgott & Karas (consumer product)
    • Qual-A-Tec v. Ladas & Parry et al. (consumer product)
    • Stratagene Co. v. Lyon & Lyon (biotechnology)
    • Arnold M. Hess v. Steele, Gould & Fried (consumer product)
    • Cosmetic Concepts v. Sebastian International, Inc. (shampoo and skin cream)
    • E*TRADE Securities, Inc. v. Ceres Securities (electronic stock trading)
    • Impact Absorbent Technologies v. Xorb Corporation (water purification)
    • Martin Reffien v. Microsoft Corporation (software)

    Lead arbitrator in a three-member panel. Arbitration involving all aspects of a patent litigation matter. Matter involved related to dental implants. Decision and award affirmed in U.S. District Court, Central District, California, 2004.
    Honors & Awards
    • PLC Which Lawyer?, Life Sciences: Patent Litigation—National (2012)
    • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Rated
    • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2013-2014)
    • Super Lawyers, Southern California (2014)


    Member of Los Angeles County Bar Association (past chair, Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition section)

    Speaking Engagements and Lectures

    "Anime-zing Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property". The Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California, 2011.

    "Developing Optimal Links in the Value Chain - Part 2: Leveraging Relationships". Medical Device Summit in San Diego, California, 2011.

    "Protecting, Enforcing and Managing IP Rights". State Bar Meeting in San Jose, California, 2006.

    "Dancing Around a Markman Hearing". Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, California. 2001 – 2005

    "Protecting, Maintaining and Enforcing Trademark and Other Intellectual Property Rights". Half Moon Production, Costa Mesa, California. 2000 – 2005

    "Design Patents and Trademarks". Law Seminars International, Los Angeles, California. 2005 –

    Various lectures given in Japan on patent litigation, damages and opinions between 1998 – 2004.

    Zaitlen, Richard, "Dancing Around a Markman Hearing". Practicing Law Institute, October/2001 – 2005.

    Zaitlen, Richard and German, Joel, "Of Mice and Men (and Patenting the Same)". Modern Drug Discovery, June (part 1) and July (part 2) 2000.

    Zaitlen, Richard and Victor, David, "The New Internet Domain Name Guidelines: Still Winner-Take-All". The Computer Lawyer, December, 1996.

    Zaitlen, Richard and Victor, David, "Protecting Your Trademark on the Internet". Loeb.Com Intellectual Property News, June, 1996.

    Zaitlen, Richard and Chartove, Alex, "Patent Protection Expands to Financial Products". American Banker, March, 1996.

    Zaitlen, Richard and Yang, Wendy, "Software Patents: Vendors Rush to Protect Innovations". MicroTimes, March, 1996.

    Zaitlen, Richard and Chartove, Alex, "Some Important Trends in U.S. Patent Law – 1997 and Beyond". February, 1998.

    Zaitlen, Richard and Chartove, Alex, "Unfair? The Use of Foreign Laws to Limit Discovery Demands Directed to Foreign Companies Involved in U.S. Litigation". April, 2000.

    Zaitlen, Richard and Chartove, Alex, "When Do You Hold 'Em and When Do You Fold 'Em – A Few Tips on Patent Claim Interpretation When Playing the High Stakes Game of Patent Litigation". January, 2000.

    State of California
    District of Columbia
    Registered to practice before: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1973
    with honors
    B.S.Ch.E., Purdue University, 1969

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