Alex Giza’s practice encompasses high technology and intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, trade secret and business litigation, patent advice/due diligence/licensing, and appellate matters. Mr. Giza earned a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering at the University of Virginia and worked as an electrical engineer for Westinghouse, IAI America, and Eaton, involving electronics, test software and robotics. Mr. Giza graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he assisted Professors Arthur Rosett and Daniel J. Bussel with the sixth edition of the casebook Contract Law and Its Application. He was a teaching fellow for a first-year contracts class and articles and managing editor of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. During law school, Mr. Giza served as an extern for the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for the Honorable William J. Rea, U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Following his graduation, Mr. Giza served as law clerk to Justice Walter L. Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court.
Mr. Giza is registered to practice in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He has represented clients regarding technologies across the spectrum, including: digital video recorders, data compression and video encoding/decoding, network security and encryption, semiconductor design, cellular communications (CDMA, GSM, GPRS, UMTS, LTE), internet software, near field communications (NFC), cellular user interfaces, audio and video conferencing, liquid crystal displays, computer hard drives, digital watermarking, laptop computer modems, random number generators, music channel broadcasting, ATSC television receivers, and MEMS technology.
Mr. Giza’s clients include or have included ClearOne, Inc., T-Mobile USA, Inc., Pizza Hut, Inc., TiVo Inc., Hewlett Packard Co., Chi Mei Optoelectronics, AmberWave Systems Corp., Thomson, Inc., and American Audio Components, Inc.
Mr. Giza was selected for inclusion in Los Angeles Magazine’s Southern California Super Lawyers in 2013-2018 and was named among the “Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers” for 2015 by Super Lawyers magazine. In previous years, he was selected for inclusion in Los Angeles Magazine’s Southern California Rising Stars in intellectual property litigation.
- Core Wireless v. LG (E.D. Tex.): Represented Core Wireless regarding smartphone user interface inventions and obtained a favorable jury verdict that all accused LG devices infringed and that all asserted claims were not invalid, with a damages award based on a royalty rate of 10 cents per unit.
- Dell Inc., et al v. Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (PTAB): Represented patentee ETRI in five Patent Trials and Appeals Board inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, of which three concluded when the PTAB denied the petitions for review and two concluded when the PTAB issued final written decisions ordering that the challenged claims have not been shown to be unpatentable.
- TiVo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications Corp. (E.D. Tex.): Obtained a favorable jury verdict of willful infringement on behalf of patentee TiVo, the developer of the first commercially available DVR, in a patent infringement action, which resulted in a damages judgment of $104 million; a permanent injunction; affirmation in relevant part on appeal; a judgment of contempt; supplemental damages award of $103 million; and contempt damages award of over $200 million.
- Masimo v. Mindray DS USA (C.D. Cal.): Represented Masimo in a patent and anti-trust litigation.
- Cellular Communications Equipment v. T-Mobile USA (E.D. Tex.): Defended T-Mobile in a series of patent cases involving cellular technology.
- On Track Innovations v. T-Mobile USA (S.D.N.Y.): Defended T-Mobile in patent litigation involving near field communications technology, resulting in a favorable settlement.
- Clear with Computers v. Hyundai Motor America, Inc. (E.D. Tex.): Represented patentee Clear with Computers regarding a novel electronic proposal preparation invention and obtained a favorable jury verdict, a damages judgment of $19.5 million, and affirmation on appeal.
- Digital CBT v. TiVo Inc. (C.D. Cal.): Efficiently represented defendant TiVo in a patent litigation, which resulted in a favorable settlement and low costs.
- TQP Development v. Newegg (E.D. Tex.): Represented patentee TQP regarding a novel encrypted data transmission invention and obtained an $2.3 million jury verdict.
- Mellanox Technologies Inc. et al v. Infinite Data LLC (D. Del.): Represented Infinite Data and Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in patent litigations, which resulted in favorable settlements.
- Knowles Electronics, LLC v. American Audio Components, Inc. (N.D. Ill.): Represented defendant AAC Acoustic Technologies Holdings Inc., a leading Chinese manufacturer of miniature audio components, in a trade secret case, which resulted in denial of plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction after two months of expedited discovery, including expert reports and depositions, and an 11-day hearing.
- AmberWave Systems Corp. v. Intel Corp. (D. Del., E.D. Tex.): Represented patentee AmberWave, a company founded by an MIT professor and his students that invented and developed advanced semiconductor materials and manufacturing processes, in a set of patent litigations, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
- LG Philips LCD v. Chi Mei Optoelectronics (D. Del.): Represented Chi Mei Optoelectronics in a series of cases involving three of the top five producers of LCD panels. Positioned CMO’s case to trail a third parties case with LG, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
- Zenith Electronics Corp. v. Thomson, Inc. (E.D. Tex.): Represented Thomson in a patent litigation involving HDTV/ATSC technology, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
- Intergraph Hardware v. Hewlett Packard (E.D. Tex.): Defended HP in a series of cases involving microprocessor technology, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
- Lycos, Inc. v. TiVo Inc. (D. Mass.): Represented defendant TiVo in a patent litigation relating to program suggestion functionality, which resulted in a favorable settlement.
- Pause Technology LLC v. TiVo Inc. (D. Mass., Fed. Cir.): Represented defendant TiVo in a patent litigation, which resulted in summary judgment of noninfringement and affirmation on appeal.
- Represented international restaurant franchisor in pre-litigation dispute involving patents, trademark, trade secrets and other IP issues, resulting in favorable agreement without litigation.
- Represented vegan-friendly, high-fashion women’s accessories company in several trademark and design patent matters.
- Represented 100-plus-year-old outdoor seating company in trademark and design patent matters.
Speaking Engagements & Publications
- Co-chair and moderator, All About Alice And More!, panel with The Honorable Raymond T. Chen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; The Honorable James V. Selna, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; Professor Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School. Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Judges’ Night Gala 2018.
- Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills (July 2017 and 2018).
- Guest lecture, Technology IP Litigation and Licensing, EE293 Intellectual Property For Technology Entrepreneurs and Managers, University of California, Los Angeles (Spring 2016).
- Co-chair and Moderator, USPTO and Industry Leaders Take on Top Pending Patent Issues, panel with John Cabeca, Director, West Coast Region , U.S. Patent & Trademark Office; Melissa Scanlan, Senior Director, IP & Antitrust, T-Mobile USA; John Scott, Vice President, Legal Counsel, Qualcomm. Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Seminar 2017.
- Vice-chair and Moderator, Exploring Inter-Partes Review and Covered Business Method Proceedings: IPR/CBM procedures, pitfalls, and strategies from petition through appeal, panel with the Honorable Matthew Clements, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, Patent Trial and Appeals Board; Dr. Kristi Sawert, USPTO Associate Solicitor; and Rouz Tabbador, Vice President & Chief IP/Licensing Officer of Core Logic. Los Angeles Intellectual Property Association Washington in the West 2016.
- Moderator, Patent claim indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. 112 and the recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments, panel with John Vandenberg of Klarquist Sparkman (lead counsel for Biosig) and Michael Bonella of Condo Roccia Koptiw (lead counsel for Nautilus); Dr. Kristi Sawert, USPTO Associate Solicitor; and Prof. Joe Miller of the University of Georgia School of Law. Federal Circuit Bar Association 2014.
- Moderator, USPTO practice and procedure regarding third party pre-issuance submissions, panel with Jack Harvey, USPTO Technology Center Director; Patrick Jewik of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; and Amanda Lowerre of Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery. Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association MCLE panel for the annual Washington in the West2013
- Amicus brief representing six former U.S. PTO and Patent Commissioners (Hon. Gerald J. Mossinghoff, Hon. Donald J. Quigg, Hon. Harry F. Manbeck, Jr., Hon. Bruce A. Lehman, Hon. Q. Todd Dickinson, and Mr. Nicholas P. Godici) in Microsoft v. i4i, No. 10-290, before the U.S. Supreme Court. The former U.S. PTO and Patent Commissioners advocated for maintaining the clear-and-convincing standard of proof needed to invalidate a U.S. Patent, which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld.
- Amicus brief representing five former U.S. federal court judges (Hon. Stephen G. Larson, Hon. Thomas D. Lambros, Hon. John C. Lifland, Hon. James F. Davis, and Hon. Thomas R. Brett) in TiVo v. Echostar, No. 2009-1374, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit en banc. The five former U.S. federal court judges supported the district court’s ruling of contempt, which the Federal Circuit en banc affirmed.
- Book chapter, Pretrial Issues and Motions in Limine, with Morgan Chu and Christine Byrd, American College of Trial Lawyers, Anatomy of a Patent Case. The book provides a concise summary of the key elements of patent litigation and offers suggestions as to how to deal with some of the procedural problems presented in patent litigation. The Federal Judiciary Center publishes it and distributes it to every U.S. federal judge.
- Panel of Practitioner Contributors, Black’s Law Dictionary (9th ed.)
Professional & Community Involvement
Mr. Giza is active in the legal community and in pro bono matters, including:
- Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association – Board of Directors 2017-19; Co-chair, Spring Seminar 2017; Vice-chair Washington in the West 2016.
- USC IP Institute – Planning Committee 2015-2019.
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association – Life member.
- Pro bono, L.A. Center for Law & Justice, representing victims of domestic violence.