Alexander C.D. Giza

Alexander C.D. Giza

Partner
Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
213.788.4544
Email:

Alex Giza is a co-founder and partner of Hueston Hennigan LLP. His 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. He is registered to practice in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Prior to Hueston Hennigan LLP, Mr. Giza's experience includes 8 years as a patent litigation specialist at Irell & Manella LLP. Mr. Giza 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 T-Mobile USA, Inc., Pizza Hut, Inc., ClearOne, Inc., TiVo Inc., Hewlett Packard Co., Chi Mei Optoelectronics, Amberwave Systems Corp., Thomson, Inc., and American Audio Components, Inc.

In 2016, Mr. Giza gave a guest lecture at University of California, Los Angeles, for EE293 Intellectual Property For Technology Entrepreneurs and Managers regarding Technology IP Litigation and Licensing.

Also in 2016, Mr. Giza co-chaired the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Association Washington in the West 2016 conference and moderated the panel entitled Exploring Inter-Partes Review and Covered Business Method Proceedings: IPR/CBM procedures, pitfalls, and strategies from petition through appeal. The panel included 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.

Mr. Giza was selected for inclusion in Los Angeles Magazine's Southern California Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 and was named "Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers" for 2015 by SuperLawyers magazine. In previous years, he was selected for inclusion in Los Angeles Magazine's Southern California Rising Stars in intellectual property litigation.

In 2014, Mr. Giza chaired a Federal Circuit Bar Association MCLE panel on the issue of patent claim indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. 112 and the recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments, No. 13-269. The panel included lead trial counsel from both parties, John Vandenberg of Klarquist Sparkman and Michael Bonella of Condo Roccia Koptiw; Dr. Kristi Sawert, USPTO Associate Solicitor; and Prof. Joe Miller of the University of Georgia School of Law.

In 2013, Mr. Giza chaired a Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association MCLE panel for the annual Washington in the West conference on the issue of USPTO practice and procedure regarding third party pre-issuance submissions. On the panel with him were Jack Harvey, USPTO Technology Center Director; Patrick Jewik of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; and Amanda Lowerre of Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery.

In 2011, Mr. Giza represented 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) as amici curiae 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.

In 2010, Mr. Giza represented 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) as amici curiae 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.

In 2009, Mr. Giza collaborated with Morgan Chu, Christine Byrd, and the American College of Trial Lawyers on the book Anatomy of a Patent Case, which 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 book is published by the Federal Judiciary Center and has been distributed to every U.S. federal judge.

Mr. Giza is also on the Panel of Practitioner Contributors for Black's Law Dictionary (9th ed.).

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Trial Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D.
  • The University of Virginia
    • B.S.