Howard Wisnia


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Practice Areas

  • IP Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Valuation & Assessment
  • Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation
  • Technology Transfer & Licensing
  • Post-Grant Proceedings
  • Medical Technology
  • Technology
  • Communications & Media
  • Life Sciences
  • Health Care
  • Financial Services
  • Energy Technology
Contact InfoTelephone: 415.432.6101
Fax: 415-432-6001
University George Washington University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1991
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University, J.D., 1996
Admitted1996, California; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional & Community Involvement:
•State Bar of California
•American Bar Association
•San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association
•American Intellectual Property Law Association
•Federal Circuit Bar Association
•San Diego County Bar Association


Howard is an IP trial lawyer who has successfully led litigation teams in a variety of patent infringement and other IP matters throughout the country. He has litigated matters on behalf of clients in the medical device, financial, telecommunications, semiconductor, and software industries.

Howard has successfully served as both first chair and co-counsel in patent litigation trials and has successfully argued numerous Markman hearings and summary judgment motions. He has also appeared before the International Trade Commission and coordinated multinational patent litigation in a variety of matters.

Howard also assists clients in litigation avoidance, including patent clearance studies, license negotiations, and strategic patent counseling. His experience in interferences, reexamination procedure, and the coordination of foreign patent actions provides additional roads to success in major patent disputes.

Howard has spoken extensively, both domestically and abroad, on a range of IP topics, including the Supreme Court's Bilski decision.


• Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Named Best of the Bar by San Diego Business Journal, (04.23.2015)
• Fourteen Mintz Levin Members Named 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (01.23.2015)
• Eleven Mintz Levin Members Named Southern California Super Lawyers, (01.17.2014)
• Nine Mintz Levin Members Named San Diego Super Lawyers, (06.10.2013)
• Mintz Levin Wins Patent Infringement Jury Trial against Garmin International for Client Ambato Media, LLC, (07.18.2012)
•Quoted in Companies Increasingly Turn to ADR to Resolve IP Disputes, San Diego Daily Transcript (05.04.2012)
•Quoted in 5 Questions to Ask When Picking Your IP Battleground, Law360 (05.01.2012)
• Mintz Levin Further Expands West Coast Presence with Addition Of Three Members, (01.12.2012)
• Mintz Levin Nabs 3 Proskauer, Baker & McKenzie Attys, Law360 (01.12.2012)


•Co-author, Reconsidering the Standard for Enhanced Damages in Patent Cases in View of Recent Guidance from the Supreme Court, Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal (2015)

Speaking Engagements

•Moderator, Discussion of Patent Trials by Judges of the Southern District of California, Views from the Bench: Discussion of Patent Trials by Judges of the Southern District of California, San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association, San Diego, CA (10.15.2015)
•Speaker, A Discussion of the Supreme Court's Mayo v. Prometheus Decision: Clarity or Confusion?, Mintz Levin, Webinar (04.18.2012)

Recognitions & Awards

San Diego Business Journal: Best of the Bar (2015)
San Diego Super Lawyers: Intellectual Property Litigation (2013, 2015) (Also at San Diego Office)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Co-lead trial counsel for Ambato Media, LLC in its patent infringement jury trial victory over Garmin International, Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas; Obtained the first summary judgment of invalidity in a client's favor under the US Supreme Court's KSR v. Teleflex decision; Lead trial counsel for a foreign television company in its $8.3 million jury verdict of copyright and trademark damages in the Central District of California; Lead trial counsel for one of the world's largest banks in its arbitration victory defeating a $50 million software license and trade secret claim (three-week arbitration in Minnesota); and, for that same client, successfully defending and settling the largest bank-related patent litigation in US history; Lead trial counsel for the inventor of the world's first FDA-approved multifocal intra-ocular lens in patent license dispute with a major lens manufacturer in the Central District of California (case successfully resolved on the eve of trial after court made significant pretrial rulings in our client's favor)
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Office Information

Howard Wisnia

44 Montgomery Street, 36th Floor
San FranciscoCA 94104


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