Edward V. Anderson


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Practice Areas

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • False Advertising
  • Lanham Act and Unfair Competition
  • International Trade Commission (ITC)
  • Korea
  • IP Licensing
  • Technology and Commercial Transactions
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secrets
  • International Practice
University Stanford University, A.B., with honors, with distinction
Law SchoolStanford Law School, J.D., 1978 Editor of Stanford Law Review
Admitted1978, California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court, E.D. of California; U.S. District Court, N.D. of California; U.S. District Court, C.D. of California; U.S. District Court, E.D. of Texas


•Special Master and Mediator, American Arbitration Association
•Former Editor, The IP Litigator
•Former Editor, Antitrust Law Developments
•Board Member, Stanford Law School Board of Visitors (2007 to present)
•Board Member and former Vice President, Silicon Valley Law Foundation (1994 to present)
•Board Member and former Vice President, Hamlin School for Girls (1998 to 2005)
•Board Member and former President, Lick-Wilmerding High School (1983 to 1998)


Edward V. Anderson is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Antitrust Practice Groups in the firm's Palo Alto and San Francisco offices. He was the former Co-Office Managing Partner of the Palo Alto office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Anderson has represented national and international clients in the computer, semiconductor, telecommunications and software industries for more than 30 years. He has extensive litigation and jury trial experience in complex intellectual property, antitrust and commercial cases before Federal, State and Appellate Courts, and before the International Trade Commission.

Mr. Anderson has provided counsel to a wide range of major and emerging technology companies in managing their intellectual property portfolios. He has been named one of Silicon Valley's top 300 lawyers and in 2009 was named one of the Daily Journal's leading IP litigators in California. He was recently recognized by Legal 500 as being one of the best-known ITC practitioners, having served as lead counsel in numerous ITC litigation cases, noting that he is a “responsive, smart and an excellent attorney.” Mr. Anderson has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Intellectual Property Law since 2013.

Mr. Anderson also has extensive mediation and arbitration experience, both as a representative and as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a frequent speaker at industry and academic workshops on intellectual property and arbitration issues.


•Named to Daily Journal's List of the Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California, 2008-2009
•Northern California Super Lawyers, 2009-2014
•Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2013-2015


Extensive trial experience in the International Trade Commission:

•Trial counsel for ST Microelectronics NV in litigation brought by Tessera against the semiconductor industry. (2008)
•Trial counsel for Mosel Vitelic in litigation against Hitachi. Settled three months before trial. (2002)
•Trial counsel for PCTel against ESS. After trial, ESS was held to infringe one of PCTel's patents. (2001)
•Trial counsel for Xilinx against Altera. After trial, Altera settled with Xilinx for $20 million. (2001)
•Trial counsel for Mosel Vitelic in litigation brought by Micron Technology. After trial all three patents asserted by Micron were declared not infringed, invalid over prior art and unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. (1999)
•Trial counsel for Toho Titanium in litigation brought by Montedison and Himont case. Settled favorably for Toho. (1991)
•Trial counsel in the ITC for numerous other parties settled before trial.

Extensive trial experience in Federal District Courts and California Superior Courts:

•Trial Counsel for Nanometrics in a case brought by KLA/Tencor. (2004 to present)
•Trial Counsel for Cordis and Johnson and Johnson brought by Target and Boston Scientific. (2004 to present)
•Trial Counsel in a patent case brought by BenQ America against ST Microelectronics. (2005)
•Trial Counsel for ATT in a trade secret case brought by Excite/ At Home. (2004)
•Trial Counsel for Microsoft in a patent case brought by Burst. (2003)
•Trial counsel for Mosel Vitelic in patent litigation against Micron. Extensive press reports that the case was settled favorably for Mosel; settled on the first day of trial. (2000)
•Trial counsel for Samsung in patent litigation brought by Northern Telecom. Case favorably settled before trial. (1998)
•Trial counsel for Quicklogic in patent litigation brought by Actel. Settled favorably before trial. (1997)
•Trial counsel for Uniphase in patent litigation brought by Spectra Physics. (1994) Settled favorably before trial.

Extensive trial experience in patent and trade secret and antitrust cases over a thirty year period:

•AT&T v. Integrated Device Technology (Patent)
•Benson, et al. v. Chevron (Antitrust)
•DeLaveaga v. Chevron (Antitrust)
•Digital Instruments v. Topometric (Patent)
•Etec Systems v. Ateq (Patent)
•Mobil/Philips/Chevron v. Arco/Exxon/Sohio (Contract)
•Motorola v. PCTel (Patent)
•Novadyne v. Tandem (Antitrust)
•Rayteck v. Omega (Patent)
•Spectra Physics v. Uniphase (Patent)
•Townsend v. PCTEL (Patent)
•Unitrode v. Pioneer (Patent)
•VE Corp. v. Esco (Alleged Unfair Business Practices)

Publications & News


• Ex-Sidley Austin Patent Attorney Joins Sheppard Mullin, Law360, March 5, 2012
• ITC v the Internet: Fighting to Protect IP Rights Against Online Sales of Infringing Imports, International Law Office, March 5, 2010
• The Battle Brewing Over Kyocera, Law360, December 18, 2009
• General Exclusion Orders in the Wake of Kyocera, International Law Office, November 20, 2009


•Co-authored chapter in Rules, Practices and Case Studies of U.S. Section 337 Investigation, 2012

Intellectual Property Law Blog Posts

• Federal Circuit Extends ResQNet and Allows Discovery of Settlement Negotiations, April 20, 2012


•Rules, Practices and Case Studies of U.S. Section 337 Investigation

Media Mentions

•Recent Victories by Sheppard Mullin's Intellectual Property Group
Legal Times (Korea), March 5, 2015

Speaking Engagements

•Co-Presenter, Strategies for the Counterattack in Section 337 Litigation, The 5th China IP Counsel Congress 2013, Shenzhen, China, March 2013 (Also at San Francisco Office)


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Edward V. Anderson

379 Lytton Avenue
Palo AltoCA 94301


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