James Isbester has been advising and representing clients in intellectual property and technology-related matters since 1987. Although his clients span the business world, most of his work is on behalf of high technology and medical device companies.

Mr. Isbester has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials, bench trials, various state and federal courts of appeal, and arbitrations. As a member of the Northern District of California's panel of court-appointed mediators, Mr. Isbester has conducted mediations in more than three dozen patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret disputes. In addition to his work in the courts, Mr. Isbester is active in advising clients in mergers, acquisitions, new product introductions, and initial public offerings. Mr. Isbester frequently assists his clients avoid litigation through effective licensing efforts on behalf of both the IP owner and the licensee.

Mr. Isbester was recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in 2011 and 2012 for Intellectual Property Litigation and in 2013 and 2014 for Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine and he is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Member

Litigation Counsel of America, Member

Editorial Advisory Board, MX Update, Member

Advisory Council, IP Osgoode, Member

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B. (1987)
  • University of California, Davis School of Law (1987)
  • Princeton University, B.S.E., Chemical Engineering (1983)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Washington

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Courts for all Districts of California

Who We Are

Eighth Floor, Two Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA, 94111
USA
t +1 415.273.4335
f +1 415.576.0300
Suite 400, 12730 High Bluff Drive
San Diego, CA, 92130
USA
t +1 858.350.6254

A. James Isbester

Experience Highlights

Resonate Inc. v. Nortel Networks Corporation

Lead counsel for Alteon Web Systems, which was acquired by Nortel Networks, in patent infringement action relating to switching in large Internet more

Contract litigation for Taiwanese computer/NB manufacturer
Represented a Taiwanese computer/NB manufacturer in a contract related action before a U.S. District Court in California. more
Abbott Medical Optics (fka Advanced Medical Optics) v. Alcon

Represented Abbott Medical Optics (AMO, fka Advanced Medical Optics), a supplier of advanced refractive technologies, as plaintiff in more

In re Maxim Integrated Products Inc. MDL
Defended Union Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo involving numerous patents relating to the security and encryption asserted against mobile banking apps. more