Marisa Armanino Williams

Marisa Armanino Williams

Associate

Marisa Armanino Williams litigates patents covering a broad range of technology in the software and life sciences fields. Ms. Williams has substantial experience in all stages of patent litigation, including trial and pretrial work, arguing and drafting dispositive motions, deposing inventors and other witnesses, developing claim constructions and invalidity and non-infringement theories, and managing complex discovery issues.

Most recently, on behalf of Google Inc., Ms. Williams was part of a trial team that won a verdict of non-infringement of all five patents asserted against Google by ContentGuard Holdings, Inc., and handled the direct examination of a key technical witness.

On behalf of Complete Genomics, Inc. (CGI), Ms. Williams successfully argued a motion for summary judgment of non-infringement of a patent for genomic sequencing. The favorable judgments of non-infringement and invalidity, and subsequent dismissal with prejudice of two patent infringement suits filed against CGI by Illumina were selected by The Daily Journal as one of the "Top Verdicts of 2013."

Ms. Williams has volunteered as an attorney with the Federal Pro Bono Project for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Senior Notes Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.

Experience

  • Google and Motorola Mobility in patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas relating to digital rights management technology. Secured a jury verdict of non-infringement of all five asserted patents.
  • Google and YouTube in a patent case in the District of Delaware relating to targeted video advertisements.
  • Google in a patent case before the Northern District of California relating to AdMob's advertising functions.
  • Google and YouTube in a patent case in the Eastern District of Texas relating to content distribution on YouTube. Case voluntarily dismissed by plaintiff.
  • Olympus America in a Federal Circuit appeal which upheld the PTAB's inter partes review decision invalidating ten claims in an electrosurgical generator patent owned by Perfect Surgical Techniques.
  • Complete Genomics (CGI) in two patent disputes in the District Court for the Northern District of California and Southern District of California relating to Complete Genomics; disruptive whole human genome sequencing technology. Secured dismissals with prejudice of both patent infringement suits after winning summary judgments of non-infringement and invalidity in the Northern District litigation.
  • Affymetrix in a patent and contract dispute in the Southern District of New York relating to Affymetrix's microarray products.
  • Private equity partner in arbitration regarding disputed provisions of a partnership agreement in wake of the partner's departure from the firm. Obtained favorable settlement for client on eve of trial.

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 2009
  • AB, Georgetown University, 2006, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions
  • California
  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US District Court, District of Delaware
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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