Theodore Brown focuses his practice on patents in the areas of semiconductor devices and circuits, semiconductor manufacturing, testing and design processes, computer systems and architecture, computer software, and genetic sequencing and (small molecule) pharmaceuticals. He also drafts and negotiates license agreements, analyzes the validity and infringement of patents in all technical fields and evaluates intellectual property for potential acquisitions and related matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Brown was a legal intern responsible for hazardous waste site case development for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco. Before that, he spent two years as a visiting professor for the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Brown has been recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" since 2014 in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2016, he was also named to The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for Patents.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Member

American Chemical Society, Member

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Member


  • University of California, Berkeley, J.D. (1984)
  • Northwestern University, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry (1979)
  • Northwestern University, M.S., Physical Chemistry (1976)
  • College of Wooster, B.A., Chemistry (1974)
    with honors

Bar Admissions

  • California (1984)


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1985)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Who We Are

1080 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA, 94025
t +1 650.324.6353
f +1 650.618.2029

Theodore G. Brown III

Experience Highlights

Rambus Inc. v. Hynix Semiconductor Inc., et al.
Defended Hynix Semiconductor, Inc. in its long-standing battle against Rambus in dispute involving DRAM patents, antitrust cliams, and more
MicroStrategy Incorporated v. Business Objects S.A.
Co-lead counsel for defendant accused of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation regarding business intelligence database software and more
Texas Instruments Incorporated v. Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.
Co-lead counsel and coordinating patent counsel for multi-patent, international litigation relating to semiconductor manufacture and circuits and more
In re Qimonda AG
Represented Hynix Semiconductor Inc. in Chapter 15 bankruptcy proceedings and trial in which Qimonda sought to reject patent cross-license agreements more