Eric M. Acker

Partner
San Diego,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone(858) 720-5109

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Patent Litigation
  • Trials
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Securities Litigation, Enforcement & White-Collar Defense
 
University University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1985
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1988
 
Admitted1988, California; 1990, District of Columbia
 
Biography

Eric Acker is a partner and trial lawyer in the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Acker has tried more than 50 trials (including more than 47 jury trials) in courtrooms across the country.

Mr. Acker's recent trials have involved a variety of technologies and significant legal issues. In the high-profile SCO v. Novell case, following a three-week trial, the jury affirmed our client Novell's ownership of the copyrights to the UNIX software code and rejected SCO's claim for damages of $100 to $200 million. Mr. Acker received a 2012 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award (CLAY Award) for the defense of Novell. Mr. Acker also successfully defended generic drug manufacturer Sandoz in trials under the Hatch-Waxman Act involving the MS drug Copaxone and the ICU sedative Precedex. During the past several years, Mr. Acker has tried patent cases in numerous jurisdictions, including New York, New Jersey, Utah, California, Texas and Massachusetts.

In addition to winning the CLAY award in 2012, Mr. Acker was named the 2014 Best Lawyers in America San Diego Litigation Patent Lawyer of the Year. He is also recommended as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in America 2009-2014 and Legal 500 US 2013, and was named a "California Local Litigation Star" in the 2013 issue of Benchmark Litigation.

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster in 1999, Mr. Acker spent ten years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Offices for the District of Columbia and the Southern District of California. He is a past Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference for the Southern District of California, and also a Master in the Louis Welsh Inn of Court, San Diego Chapter.

Mr. Acker was Phi Beta Kappa at the University of California at Berkeley where he received his B.S. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Michigan Law Reviewand was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Clerkships

Hon. D. Lowell Jensen, U.S. District Court, N.D. California (1988-1989)

Rankings

Eric Acker received a 2012 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for his successful defense of Novell in a copyright and licensing jury trial. He also was named the 2014 Best Lawyers in America San Diego Litigation Patent Lawyer of the Year. He is also recommended as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in America 2009-2014 and Legal 500 US 2013, and was named a "California Local Litigation Star" in the 2013 issue of Benchmark Litigation.

 
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Office Information

Eric M. Acker

12531 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100
San DiegoCA 92130-2040




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