Mehrnaz Boroumand Smith is the Managing Partner for the firm's San Francisco office. Ms. Boroumand Smith focuses her practice on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation matters. Her experience includes representing high technology companies in litigation regarding claims of patent, copyright, and trademark infringement, as well as breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. She has represented clients in a variety of fields and industries, including software, hardware, semiconductor, IT outsourcing, laser, retail, video gaming, arts and crafts, and toys. She has appeared in federal and state courts and is also experienced in arbitration matters. Ms. Boroumand Smith has also worked on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases at both the district and appellate court levels. She has dealt in depth with breach of contract, breach of warranty, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraud and unfair competition issues.
Ms. Boroumand Smith is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she has been teaching copyright, trademark and privacy issues in the Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic since spring of 2008. She also serves on the firm’s Diversity Council. Ms. Boroumand Smith was recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and a "Rising Star" in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Super Lawyers magazine. She was recommended by Legal 500 US in 2015 for Trade Secrets Litigation. Ms. Boroumand Smith was named a “Future Litigation Star” among California attorneys in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secrets
Apple Inc. v. Psystar Corporation. Obtained summary judgment and a permanent injunction against a computer company utilizing Apple’s copyrighted operating system software on non-Apple hardware based upon copyright infringement and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The ruling resulted in a published opinion which affirmed liability for distributing copies of operating software and circumvention technology. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the permanent injunction and inapplicability of copyright misuse. Apple Computer Inc. v. Psystar Corporation, 673 F.Supp.2d 943 (N.D. Cal. 2009), 673 F.Supp.2d 931 (N.D. Cal. 2009), 586 F.Supp. 2d 1190 (N.D. Cal. 2008), 658 F.3d 1150 (9th Cir. Sept. 28, 2011).
Actuate Corporation v. Aon Corporation et al. Represented plaintiff Actuate Corporation in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in a breach of contract, copyright infringement and unfair competition action against defendants AON Corporation and TWG Warranty Group based on their use of Actuate’s software. Matter settled on the eve of trial.
The Prudential Insurance Company of America v. Actuate Corporation. Currently representing defendant Actuate Corporation in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in response to a request for declaratory relief filed by The Prudential Insurance Company of America for breach of contract and violation of the New Jersey Computer Fraud Act and with regard to counterclaims by Actuate for breach of contract and copyright infringement. The case settled favorably earlier this year.
MB Technologies v. Oracle. Represented Oracle in fraud and copyright infringement case filed by MB Technologies, a Georgia-based software company accusing Oracle of unlawfully using MB's technology for the creation of user interfaces for Fusion Applications. The case settled after mediation with JAMS.
Oracle Corporation v. Light Reading, Inc. Represented plaintiff in trademark infringement case. Case settled after preliminary injunction was granted.
iMTX Strategic LLC v. Rhapsody International Inc. Representing Rhapsody International, a leading provider of streaming music services, against claims of patent infringement involving a single patent related to the transfer of digital media files over the Internet. No. 1:15-cv-00036-GMS (D. Del. Filed Jan. 1, 2015) and now pending in the Northern District of California.
TecSec v. IBM et al. Representing Oracle in patent infringement matter covering encryption technology and software and hardware products before the Eastern District of Virginia.
In the Matter of Certain Rubber Antidegradants II. Prevailed in obtaining summary determination of matter and dismissal of complainant’s complaint before the International Trade Commission on behalf of large Korean chemical manufacturer.
Technology Properties Limited v. Fujitsu et al. Represented a manufacturer of microprocessors in the Eastern District of Texas. The matter settled confidentially.
In the Matter of Certain Electronic Educational Devices and Components Thereof. Represented respondent, a distributor of educational toys in obtaining a settlement within several months of the filing of the complaint in the International Trade Commission.
International Rectifier v. IXYS Corporation, Central District of California. Represented defendant in a patent infringement action concerning design and fabrication of power MOSFET semiconductor devices.
Commercial and Contracts
Thomas Long v. Ingenio, Inc. Representing defendant Ingenio Inc. (d/b/a AT&T Interactive) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California with regard to false advertising and unfair competition claims. Won summary judgment motion in favor of Ingenio. The case is currently on appeal.
Wall Street Rarities Inc. v. Oracle. Represented Oracle in this case brought by an Internet distributor of rare coins that had licensed Oracle software. The complaint alleged fraud, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract and breach of express and implied warranties of merchantability and unjust enrichment. Case reached confidential settlement.
Accord Human Resources v. Oracle. Represented Oracle in this case involving claims of breach of contract, rescission, fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty. Settled the case after successful transfer to the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California.
Electronic Data Systems Corporation v. Aspect. Represented client in breach of contract, fraud and unfair competition dispute over an IT outsourcing project. Took direct and cross examinations of several witnesses at arbitration.
Oracle Corporation v. Smithfield Foods. Represented plaintiff in breach of contract dispute. Case settled in confidential settlement.
Tri-Valley Growers v. Oracle Corporation. Represented plaintiff in a software performance dispute. Case was settled confidentially after filing of summary judgment motions against defendant.