Jack Russo

Jack Russo: Attorney with ComputerLaw Group LLP AV stamp icon
  • Managing Partner at ComputerLaw Group LLP (3 Attorneys)
  • 401 Florence Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1706
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Mr. Russo is a frequent speaker on computer law issues and has given presentations to the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Computer Law Association, and the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.

Mr. Russo serves as an arbitrator, mediator, and early neutral evaluator for the U.S. District Court (N.D. California), the Santa Clara County Superior Court, and the American Arbitration Association, as well as a Judge Pro Tempore of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Mr. Russo specializes in Internet, computer law, and intellectual property litigation. In addition, Mr. Russo is in charge of the Firm's entrepreneurship practice.

Mr. Russo has been recognized by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for his training as a master advocate.

Order of the Coif. Member, American Inns of Court (San Francisco Intellectual Property). Member: UCLA Law Review, 1979-1980; UCLA Moot Court. Co-Author: "Protection of Computer Software After the Copyright Act in Protection of Computer Software & Databases," Law & Business, 1981; "Pre-Trial and Discovery in a Software Marketing Agreement Dispute in Computer Litigation," Law and Business, 1983; "Copyright Law with an Emphasis on Computer Software Disputes in Computer Litigation," Practicing Law Institute, 1983; "Copyright Law and Computer Software Disputes," Practicing Law Institute, 1983; "Do the 'Box-Top' Computer Software License Agreement Work?" Software Protection, Law & Technology, 1984; "Microcomputer Software Marketing Agreement Disputes," Practicing Law Institute, 1985; "Copyright in the 'Look and Feel' of Computer Software," The Computer Lawyer, February, 1985; "The Impact of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act on California Trade Secret Law," Trade Secret Law Reporter, May, 1985; "Recent U.S. Developments in Copyright Protection," 1 International Computer Law Adviser 5-7 (No. 4 January 1987); "Software Copyright Protection," 5 Software Publisher's Association News 3-4 (No. 1 January 1988); "Developments in Copyright Protection of Computer Software," 2 International Computer Law Adviser 9-12 (No. 4 January 1988); "Recent Developments in the Copyright Protection of the 'Look and Feel' of Computer Software: Apple Computer v. Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard," 6 Software Protection 1-15 (No. 10 March 1988); "Copyright Protection for Computer Software in the 1990s," USC Computer Law Institute, May 1989; "Copyright Protection of Virtual Reality," ABA Science and Technology 1992; "New Frontiers: Copyright Protection in Virtual Reality Works," 15 The National Law Journal S1 (No. 6 October 12, 1992); "Software 'Look and Feel' Protection in the 1990's," 15 Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal 571-603 (1993); "Virtual Reality-A Legal Overview" Chapter 19 in Computer Software, Clark Boardman, 1994; "Liability on the Internet," San Francisco Intellectual Property Association (March, 1995); "Trade Dress Protection in the 'Look and Feel' of Computer Software and World Wide Web Sites," 2 Cyberspace Lawyer, (No. 8, Nov. 1997); "Checklist for Trademark Litigation," Basic Trademark Law (PLI 1998); "The Trade Secret 'Inevitable Disclosure' Doctrine," Reports for the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Subcommittee on Computer Software and Trade Secret Law, 1997-1999. Public Presentations: Competitive Intellectual Property Litigation: Special Problems for Mediators, Evaluators and Other Neutrals U.S. District Court Program, March 1999; Presenting Expert Witnesses in Patent Cases and at Markman Hearings: The Use of Daubert and Related Objections Inn of Court Program, March 1999; Trade Expression in the "Look and Feel" of World Wide Web Site Graphical User Interface, International Trademark Association, 1997; Lanham Act Protection for World Wide Web Site, State Bar of California, Digital Trademark Conference, 1997; "Look and Feel" Protection in the 1990s, Hastings School of Law, COMM/ENT Law Conference, 1993; Scope of Copyright Protection for Virtual Worlds and Virtual Objects, ABA, Section on International Law, 1993; Copyright Protection for Virtual Realities, American Bar Association, Section on Science & Technology, August 1992; Problems in Computer-Based Licensor-Licensee Relationships, USC Computer Law Institute, May 1990; Strict Liability in Computer Software Cases, Minnesota State Bar Computer Law Association, April 1990; Copyright Protection of Computer Software in the 1990s, MacWeek ID89 Interface Design Conference, September 1989; Testimony before the United States Copyright Office Regarding Copyright Protection of Computer Software Textual Screen Displays, September 9, 1987; Developments in Trade Secret Law, Minnesota Bar, April 1987; California Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Santa Clara, June 1986; Licensor/Licensee Software Litigation, PLI, March 1985; Copyright Registration of Trade Secret Works, Minnesota, October 1984; Trade Secret Protection of Corporate Information Assets, National Computer Conference, May 1983; Copyright Protection of Computer Software, PLI, January 1983. Adjunct Professor, University of Santa Clara. Judge Pro Tem, Santa Clara Superior Court. Arbitrator, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association. Chairman, Foundation for Creativity in Dispute Resolution. Formerly with: Russo & Hale LLP; Fenwick & West.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Internet
  • Computer Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
650-382-0534  Phone
650-327-9800  Phone
(650) 618-1863  Fax
University Attended:
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, M.A.; Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A., Urban Management and Computer and Information Science, magna cum laude; University of California at Berkeley, M.B.A., Beta Gamma Sigma
Law School Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 1980
Year of First Admission:
U.S Court of Appeals, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Federal Circuits; 1980, California; 1981, New York; 1993, District of Columbia; 1994, Hawaii; 1999, Washington; 1999, Oregon; U.S District Court, District of Oregon; U.S. Supreme Court
State Bar of California; Oregon State Bar; District of Columbia Bar; Hawaii State, New York State, Washington State and American (Member, Section on: Intellectual Property Law; Chair, Subcommittee on Computer Software & Trade Secrets) Bar Associations; Copyright Society of the U.S.A.; International Trademark Association; National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Birth Information:
Queens, New York, October 12, 1954
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