Global law firm K&L Gates LLP is bolstering its leading intellectual property litigation practice with the addition of partner Jeff Randall, whose representations include many of the world’s most successful and recognizable technology companies as well as numerous other industry-leading enterprises. Randall, who arrives from Paul Hastings LLP, handles patent, trade secret, and other IP litigation for clients located in and outside the Silicon Valley.

“As a firm, we have identified the creation and protection of intellectual property as critical for the 21st century business enterprise,” commented Peter J. Kalis, K&L Gates’ Chairman and Global Managing Partner. “Jeff will fortify our already formidable presence in the field and solidify our standing as a go-to global solution for businesses with IP challenges.”

With more than two decades of experience representing major technology companies and other enterprises in their most significant patent and IP disputes — often involving multi-billion dollar damages claims — Randall has won more than 30 jury trials during his career. Among his most important representations have been as trial counsel for eBay in the case that culminated in the unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in eBay adv. MercExchange that changed the standard for obtaining injunctive relief in patent cases; a 2011 judgment in the Eastern District of Texas finding that Apple products did not infringe on any of four patents in question; summary judgment in an IBM trade secret case involving computer “sleep mode” functionality; a plaintiff’s jury verdict for McKesson in an infringement action against a competitor relating to medical claims auditing software in Delaware; a jury verdict in the Eastern District of Texas for Sun Microsystems of non-infringement, no trade secret misappropriation, and no unfair competition against a competitor of Oracle; and one of the largest and most complicated criminal and civil trade secret cases ever, lasting six years and including jury trial and multiple appeals for a Korean conglomerate in the Eastern District of Virginia. Randall frequently is recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in California and across the U.S. by publications such as The American Lawyer, Law360, Entrepreneur magazine, and the Daily Journal, among others.

“As the IP legal landscape continues to change, it’s important for law firms to adjust to ensure that their lawyers are sufficiently experienced and talented to successfully resolve their IP clients’ most challenging cases,” said Randall. “Lawyers don’t get that type of experience sitting on the sidelines waiting for some company to pay astronomical and unjustified rates. They get better by trying tough cases against well-funded, good attorneys.

“Many of K&L Gates’ IP lawyers have a long history of handling such difficult cases, and I’m thrilled to join such an outstanding group of IP lawyers. I’m convinced that K&L Gates provides the experience, quality, and value that the most successful technology clients demand and deserve.”

Michael E. Zeliger, Administrative Partner of K&L Gates’ Palo Alto office, stated: “We are delighted to welcome Jeff to K&L Gates. He is extremely well-regarded for his work on some of the most challenging and important intellectual property disputes for leading technology companies here in Silicon Valley and beyond. K&L Gates is dedicated to helping our clients navigate the complex and critical maze of intellectual property law. Jeff’s addition will allow us to continue to serve current and future clients even more in this regard.”

K&L Gates’ intellectual property litigation practice serves clients around the world, protecting critical fundamental client assets, iconic brands, and proprietary information, as well as emerging technologies such as novel drug therapies and cloud services. With more than 100 IP litigators on four continents devoted to patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation, the group handles every scale of dispute, from large, complex multi-jurisdiction matters and bet-your-company confrontations between industry leaders, to litigation involving non-practicing entities, to modest license dispute and piracy matters.


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