Managing Partner, Silicon Valley Office
Victoria Maroulis is Managing Partner of the Silicon Valley Office and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Life Science Practice. Mrs. Maroulis’ practice primarily focuses on intellectual property litigation. She has litigated and provided counseling for companies on a broad range of patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets matters in the fields of telecommunications, software, hardware, semiconductors, medical devices, and biotechnology for clients such as Samsung, General Electric, Cisco, and Genentech. Victoria regularly writes and lectures on IP matters and has taught trial practice at Stanford Law School and the in-house Quinn Emanuel program. In the past several years, Victoria has been selected as one of 10 Intellectual Property Rising Stars under 40 nationwide by Law360, recognized in the IAM Patent 1000 as one of the leading patent litigators world-wide, named as one of the top 100 women litigators in California by The Daily Journal, featured in The American Lawyer’s “45 under 45” list of outstanding female attorneys, chosen for The Recorder’s list of 50 women leaders in tech law, and named one of Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS Top 250 Women in IP.
In the fields of Biotechnology and Medical Devices, she has represented Varian, Twist, Genentech, Monsanto, Bio-Rad, and GE Healthcare.
In the Software, Hardware, Networking, and Semiconductors fields, she has represented Samsung, Cisco, BlackBerry, Fitbit, AOL, IBM, NETGEAR, D-Link, Belkin, NetSuite, Nuance, Oracle, Borland Software, and Macrovision.
Since 2011 has been serving as trial counsel for Samsung in a series of patent, design patent, and trade dress disputes with Apple in the Northern District of California, Federal Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and the International Trade Commission.
Served as co-lead trial counsel for Varian Medical Systems in a global patent litigation dispute against its primary competitor Elekta involving numerous patents on cancer treatment technologies across numerous jurisdictions including the International Trade Commission, District of Delaware, Northern District of California, Germany, and United Kingdom. Obtained a highly favorable settlement for Varian, after an ITC victory on behalf of Varian in which Elekta was found to infringe multiple, valid patents owned by Varian.
Successfully represented Cisco as trial counsel in an ITC investigation (337-TA-753) initiated by Rambus involving six patents covering memory controller and chip-to-chip interface technologies. Obtained initial determination of no violation based on invalidity and unenforceability due to willful spoliation of evidence. Obtained Commission Opinion affirming the determination of no violation based in part on invalidity and spoliation, as well as non-infringement for some claims and no domestic industry for all patents.
On behalf of Genentech, won summary judgment of non-infringement on all claims of two patents asserted by Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland against two highly successful anti-cancer products. The Federal Circuit affirmed.
On behalf of Cisco, Belkin, NETGEAR, and D-Link, won complete summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity in a patent infringement case relating to wireless routers. The Federal Circuit affirmed.
On behalf of Genentech, secured only the second writ of mandamus ever to be issued by the Federal Circuit in the seminal In re Genentech case in relation to a motion to transfer venue from the Eastern District of Texas to the Northern District of California.
Obtained a complete victory for Cisco in a closely watched patent infringement dispute where plaintiff asserted a patent on a method for Voice over Internet Protocol telephony against Cisco’s line of Integrated Services Routers. Prevailed on a motion to dismiss the complaint for lack of standing, on the ground that the patent was related to the former employer’s business, ownership was automatically transferred to the employer under the assignment agreement.
Represented 23 cell phone manufacturers—including Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson – accused by the University of Texas of infringing a patent relating to text messaging using Touch-Tone telephones. The university alleged that the manufacturers infringed its patent by incorporating predictive text messaging software into over 400 models of cell phones. Several defendants – not represented by our firm – settled identical claims for $3.27 for each cell phone sold in the United States. The potential liability to the clients therefore approached $2 billion.
Represented Genentech in a multi-district patent litigation concerning recombinant DNA technology and the process of co-transformation to produce proteins in mammalian cells. Obtained a broad covenant not to sue, and by agreeing to the covenant, the patentee permanently surrendered a claim against the client for hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties.
Represented AOL's subsidiary, Tegic Communications, in a patent suit against an infringing competitor. After a three-week jury trial involving complex text input software technology, defeated the attack on the validity of two Tegic patents and won a unanimous jury verdict of willful infringement and $9 million in compensatory damages.
Represented Monsanto in a patent infringement matter when the plaintiff patentee, a local public university, alleged that our client’s recombinant bovine growth hormone product infringed its patent and sought $1.8 billion in treble damages and a permanent injunction. After winning a summary judgment eliminating one of the two accused products, and limiting the literal coverage of the claims to technology “known and available” in 1980, the case settled favorably the day before the jury trial was to start.
Represented AstraZeneca in a patent infringement action involving cancer medication. Obtained summary judgment on the patent misuse defense.
Represented Kmart Corporation, winning a bench trial upholding its multi-million dollar contract with its co-branded credit card partner. For the same client, obtained dismissal with prejudice, on the eve of trial, of a multi-million dollar lease dispute brought against it.
Represented IBM, obtaining a favorable settlement during a bench trial in a multi-million dollar breach-of-contract action involving third-party equipment leasing.
Represented Borland Software Corporation in a trademark infringement action where the plaintiff sought $250 million dollars and permanent injunctive relief. Was able to obtain a favorable pre-trial settlement.
Represented several media companies, including AOL Time Warner and The Columbia House Company, in a Section 17200 unfair competition suit alleging millions of dollars in damages arising from the collection of use taxes on the shipping and handling costs of compact discs, tapes, videos, DVDs, and other similar products. Obtained a dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage.
Yale Law School
Coker Fellow, 1994-1995
Yale Journal of International Law:
Book Review Editor, 1993-1994
(A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, 1992)
Chosen for The Recorder’s list of top women leaders in tech law (2015-2019)
Named a Law360 MVP for Telecommunications
Named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property
Selected as one of the Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property
Ranked by The Best Lawyers in America for IP Litigation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, (2012 – 2018)
Recognized by Law360 as one of the “20 Most Influential Women in IP Law” and one of 10
Intellectual Property Rising Stars nationally under the age of 40
Recognized by IAM Patent 1000, The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
Named one of The American Lawyer’s “45 under 45” outstanding women lawyers
Featured in The American Lawyer as a member of the Quinn Emanuel IP Litigation team named IP Litigation Department of the Year
Member of the Quinn Emanuel IP Litigation team named IP Litigation Counsel of the Year by Cisco Systems
Selected to The Daily Journal's list of Top Women Litigators
Selected Publications and Lectures
“Strategic and Tactical Considerations in Litigating Against NPEs,” chapter in IP Monetization Conference, Practicing Law Institute textbook (April 2017, New York)
“PTAB Update: Trends and Developments,” paper and presentation, IP Monetization Conference, Practicing Law Institute (April 2016, New York)
“Emerging Trends in Managing Risk of Patent Litigation,” paper and presentation, IP Monetization Conference, Practicing Law Institute (April 2015, New York)
“Patent Defendants Acquire New Tools to Combat Infringement Allegations,” book chapter in Intellectual Property Law 2015, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore (2015)
“WIPLA Student Outreach,” panel presentation, Women’s Intellectual Property Law Association (November 2014, Stanford Law School)
“Winning Trial Techniques for the Complex Patent Litigator,” panel presentation, 2014 Patent Disputes Forum (September 2014, San Diego)
"Challenges of Monetizing IP in the Wake of AIA and other Patent Reform Efforts,” chapter in “IP Monetization 2014: Maximize the Value of Your IP Assets” (2014)
“China’s Evolving IP Regime and Avenues of Enforcement,” book chapter in DefendingIntellectual Property Rights Cases in China, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore (2013)
“International Patent Litigation,” panel presentation, Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Seminar (June 2013, Las Vegas)
“Third Party Funding of Patent Litigation,” paper and presentation, IP Monetization Conference, Practicing law Institute (April 2013, San Francisco; May 2013, New York)
"Patent Reform Update,” paper and presentation, IP Monetization Conference, Practicing Law Institute (April 2012, San Francisco; May 2012, New York)
“New Trends and Ways to Protect Your IP,” panel discussion, The Changing Legal and Financial Landscape of China Conference (June 9, 2011, Burlingame)
"The Royal Flush: Recent Developments Concerning Royalties and the Entire Market Value Rule,” paper and presentation, AIPLA Spring Meeting (May 12, 2011, San Francisco)
"Patent Reform Update,” paper and presentation, IP Monetization Conference, Practicing Law Institute (May 5, 2011, San Francisco)
“Jury IP Trial,” live mock trial of a simulated IP license dispute and panel discussion on U.S. jury trials for attorneys and business leaders (May 24, 2010, Tel Aviv, Israel)
“IP Law Developments and Trends,” Panelist, Successful Women in IP Spring Seminar (May 13, 2010, San Francisco)
"Recent Developments in U.S. Patent Litigation," conference for attorneys and business leaders on "Litigating Patent Cases in the United States Successfully and Efficiently" (November 12, 2009, Tel Aviv, Israel)
"Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace," lecture to the 65th Annual Meeting of Greeting Card Association (October 2006)
"Litigating Patent License Disputes: Licensees' Challenges to Validity,"
The Licensing Journal (Volume 26, Number 2, February 2006)
"When Things Go Wrong: Litigating Patent Licensing Disputes," PLI Lecture (June 2005)
Davis Polk & Wardwell:
Law Clerk to the Hon. James C. Francis, IV, United States Magistrate Judge:
Southern District of New York, 1995-1996
Guest Lecturer, Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop
Member, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
Member, Advisory Board, IP Law 360 (2013, 2014)
PLI (Professional Law Institute), Faculty in annual “Patent Monetization Program”
The State Bar of California
The State Bar of New York
The United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals:
United States District Court:
Central District of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California
Eastern District of California
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Northern District of New York
Eastern District of Texas
Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar