Erwin Cena focuses his practice on patent litigation and counseling inventors and businesses on options for protecting and commercializing their intellectual property. He also has experience in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability, personal injury and construction law.
Mr. Cena is actively involved in pro bono work. He is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee where he identifies opportunities to serve the local and surrounding communities in need of legal counsel.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cena worked as an associate at another San Diego law office where he represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts. While attending law school, he served as the senior articles editor for the UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy. Mr. Cena also served a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Offices in Sacramento, California, and in San Jose, California.
Before launching his legal career, Mr. Cena was employed by Hewlett-Packard where he was involved in the research and development of manufacturing processes for large-format inkjet printer cartridges. He also served in the United States Navy.
Mr. Cena is a member of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.
As lead trial counsel to the inventor and patent owner, obtained a verdict of willful infringement and an award of $20.3 for past damages after a seven day jury trial in the Eastern District of Texas. The Court increased the award to $23.6 million after ruling on post-trial motions. The two related inter partes review hearings resulted in an exceedingly rare final determination upholding the patentability of all challenged claims.
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