Susan Spaeth serves as Managing Partner of the firm. Ms. Spaeth focuses her practice on intellectual property and complex/technical litigation, particularly patent litigation, licensing and counseling. She has represented biotechnology, medical device and high technology companies in various federal district courts, the United States International Trade Commission and European patent litigation.

In addition to litigating patent and complex technology disputes, Ms. Spaeth regularly assists clients in their patent portfolio development, product analyses to determine patent infringement, negotiation of agreements related to intellectual property and establishing strategies to exploit the use of intellectual property.

During her career as an attorney, Ms. Spaeth has served as trial counsel in numerous successful efforts, including securing a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of cross-defendant, Baxter Healthcare Corporation, in a complex commercial litigation case; obtaining critical claim construction ruling resulting in a judgment in favor of defendant, Perclose, Inc.; obtaining a judgment in favor of patentee, StarSight Telecast, Inc., on inequitable conduct charges; and successfully representing Hyundai in a patent infringement and licensing lawsuit.

Ms. Spaeth is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. In March 2003, San Jose Business Journal named Ms. Spaeth as one of the top 50 “Most Influential Women in Business” at their Women in Business Breakfast. Additionally, in April 2003, Ms. Spaeth was profiled in the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Business.” In 2014, she was listed in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in the area of Life Sciences. Ms. Spaeth was recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property Litigation in 2004, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Super Lawyers magazine. She was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Intellectual Property Litigation in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Ms. Spaeth was listed in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Life Sciences.

Client Milestones

Secured unanimous jury verdict on behalf of cross-defendant Baxter Healthcare Corporation in a complex commercial litigation case.

Obtained critical claim construction ruling resulting in a judgment in favor of defendant Perclose, Inc.

Obtained a judgment in favor of patentee StarSight Telecast, Inc. on inequitable conduct charges.

Successfully represented Hyundai in a patent infringement and licensing lawsuit.

Professional & Community Activities

San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inn of Court

College of Arts and Sciences National Council, Valparaiso University

American Heart Association Research Roundtable Luncheon Committee

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. (1989)
  • Valparaiso University, B.S., Chemistry (1985)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia (1991)
  • California (1989)

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Federal Circuit

Who We Are

1080 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA, 94025
USA
t +1 650.324.6335
f +1 650.618.1690
Suite 2800, 1100 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30309-4528
USA
t +1 404.815.6054

Susan M. Spaeth

Experience Highlights

Toshiba Corporation v. Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
Counsel for declaratory judgment defendant Hynix in patent lawsuit involving various memory chip technologies. more
Prevue Interactive et al., v. Starsight Telecast Inc., and related counterclaims
Counsel for patentee in DJ action involving interactive television technology. more
Baxter International Inc. v. Pharmacia & Upjohn AB
U.S. counsel for plaintiff Baxter in foreign patent lawsuits involving a protein purification process. more
Beckman Coulter v. Sequenom
Counsel for plaintiff Beckman in patent infringement action related to the detection of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping applications. more