Robert Freitas

Robert Freitas

Partner - Freitas Angell & Weinberg LLP

Contact Details

Jurisdiction
  • California
Address
350 Marine Parkway
Suite 200
Redwood Shores
Redwood Shores
California
United States

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  • IP - Patents

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Biography

Bob Freitas is a founding partner of Freitas Angell & Weinberg LLP. Bob was a partner in the Antitrust, Intellectual Property, and Litigation practice groups of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from 1984 to 2011. He is a versatile trial lawyer who focuses his practice on antitrust and competition counseling and litigation, intellectual property litigation, representation of policyholders in insurance coverage claims and litigation, and complex litigation for technology companies.

Bob is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in Patent Law.

He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California.

Bob’s notable representations include the following:

  • In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation. Bob represented HannStar Display Corporation in a multidistrict price fixing proceeding in the Northern District of California. His work included representation of HannStar, which pleaded guilty to price fixing in a related criminal case, in a lengthy jury trial against Best Buy Co. and affiliates. The jury awarded less than 1% of the $770,000,000 in single damages sought by the plaintiffs.

  • Rambus Inc. v. Hynix Semiconductor, Inc., et al. Bob represented Nanya Technology Corporation and Nanya Technology Corporation USA in a patent infringement case in which Rambus asserted memory technology patents against features incorporated in JEDEC-standard DRAM. His work included representation of Nanya and Nanya USA in a Sherman Act Section 2 trial based on Rambus’s assertion of standard essential patents.

  • Dragon Intellectual Property, LLC. Bob represents Dragon Intellectual Property, LLC, in patent infringement litigation involving DVR technology.

  • B.E. Technology, L.L.C. Bob represents B.E. Technology, L.L.C. in patent infringement litigation involving targeted advertising.

  • National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA v. Seagate Technology LLC. Bob obtained a defense for Seagate in an insurance coverage dispute arising out of the patent infringement lawsuit that resulted in the Federal Circuit’s landmark decision in In re Seagate Technology, 497 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2007).

  • In re DRAM Antitrust Litigation. Bob represented Nanya and Nanya USA in a multidistrict price fixing proceeding in the Northern District of California. He won summary judgment for Nanya Technology Corporation in the direct purchaser class actions.

  • European Commission DRAM Investigation. Bob also represented Nanya and Nanya USA in the European Commission DRAM price fixing investigation. The DRAM investigation included the Commission’s first use of the 2008 regulation on settlements in cartel cases.

  • Confidential Representation of Technology Company. Bob won a unanimous award, including a finding of insurance bad faith, in an international arbitration proceeding.

  • ABB Power T&D Company v. Alstom ESCA Corporation. Bob obtained a defense verdict in a four-week trade secret, copyright, and Lanham Act jury trial.

  • United Computer Systems v. AT&T Corporation and Lucent Technologies. Bob defeated a $6,000,000,000 lost profits damages arbitration claim in a software license dispute.

  • California Retail Liquor Dealers Association v. Midcal Aluminum, Inc., 445 U.S. 97 (1980). Bob was second chair for the prevailing respondent in the leading United States Supreme Court case on the antitrust state action doctrine.

Select Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • 23rd Annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute, Big Stakes Trials, October 24, 2013

  • The U.S. Patent Landscape in 2013: An Appraisal and Practice Guide, Joinder and Venue Issues, Santa Clara County Bar Association High Technology and Business Law/Litigation Sections, September 20, 2013

  • Patent Monetization Strategies for Taiwan Companies, Taiwan Technology Industry Legal Officers Association, Taipei, Taiwan, May 24, 2013

  • Nine Patent Licensing No-Nos, No-Nos 4-6, Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada), March 13, 2013

  • Current Trends and Issues in Antitrust Litigation 2010, Effective Trial Presentation of Antitrust Issues, Practicing Law Institute, 2010

  • Co-Author, Understanding The Objective Prong In Seagate, IP Law 360, 2009

  • Patent Litigation 2008, Proving Damages and Issues to Consider in Pursuing and Defending the Damages Case, Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, 2008

  • Intellectual Property Law, Patent Cases in the Supreme Court, Practicing Law Institute, 2006

  • Contributing Editor, Collaborative Ventures, Proof of Conspiracy Under Federal Antitrust Laws, Second Edition, American Bar Association (forthcoming)

  • Contributing Author, Vertical Restraints of Trade, Antitrust Law Developments (Seventh), American Bar Association

  • Contributing Editor, Cartwright Act, California Antitrust Law, Third Edition

  • Contributing Editor, Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law, Cartwright Act, California Antitrust Law, Second Edition

Firm Description

Freitas Angell & Weinberg LLP is a Silicon Valley law firm established in 2011 by former partners of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Our focus is intellectual property litigation, antitrust counseling and litigation, representation of policyholders in insurance recovery claims and litigation, and complex litigation for technology companies. We represent large and small companies and individuals based in the United States and around the world in trial and appellate courts and in arbitration. FAWLAW is recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms as a Tier One firm for Patent Law in the San Francisco region.

In 2013, FAWLAW achieved an unprecedented trial result in the defense of a major civil price fixing case. Our client pleaded guilty to criminal price fixing of TFT-LCD panels, and admitted liability in the civil trial, but the jury awarded less than one percent of the $770,000,000 in single damages sought by the plaintiffs. The trial result was widely covered in the media, and FAWLAW was a finalist for Global Competition Review’s 2014 Litigation of the Year Award.