Denise M. Mingrone

Ms. Denise M. Mingrone,

managing partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group.

Ms. Mingrone is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses primarily on trade secrets complex litigation, including all phases of pretrial, discovery, and both jury and bench trial work. Ms. Mingrone also represents clients before the International Trade Commission (ITC) in Section 337 proceedings.

Ms. Mingrone received the "California Lawyer of the Year" award for her contributions to the 2011 trial victory in the Mattel v. MGA case. The following year, the verdict she and her team obtained in the Brocade Communications, Inc. v. A10 Networks case was recognized as the "Top Verdict of the Year" by both the Daily Journal and the Recorder.

As a former clerk to United States District Court Judges Richard Seeborg, James Ware and Ronald M. Whyte, Ms. Mingrone brings a thorough knowledge of the federal court system to her litigation practice. In addition to her individual clerkships, Ms. Mingrone served as a judicial staff death penalty clerk under former Chief Judge Marilyn H. Patel. In that capacity, she worked with several federal judges in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Ms. Mingrone also was appointed to the Death Penalty Work Measurement Group, a task force responsible for the creation of a national work standard for capital case attorneys.

A selection of Ms. Mingrone's work includes the following.

Netgear, Inc. v. Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (D. Del.). Following an eight day trial presided over by District Judge Robinson, the jury returned a verdict of non-infringement as to all accused Ruckus products. Ms. Mingrone co-tried the case with Orrick partners Neel Chatterjee and Nick Setty.
Brocade Communications v. A10 Networks (N.D. Cal.). Ms. Mingrone managed the trial team that obtained a $112M jury verdict against A10 for patent and copyright infringement, as well as trade secret misappropriation and intentional interfeference with contract. Based on this verdict, this team also secured permanent injunctions for Brocade in February 2013 against A10 based on A10's patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation.
Synopsys, Inc. v. Sabharwal (N.D. Cal.). Ms. Mingrone led the litigation team that secured injunctive relief against defendant to halt trade secret misappropriation.
MGA v. Mattel, Inc. (C.D. Cal.). Ms. Mingrone managed the Orrick team, and obtained an US$88 million dollar verdict based on a finding of willful and malicious misappropriation of trade secrets by Mattel. The team successfully defended Mattel's contentions as well, establishing MGA's uncontested ownership rights in Bratz.
Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. and Siliconware USA, Inc. (ITC and N. D. Cal.). Ms. Mingrone's litigation team successfully defended these respondents in patent litigation before the ITC,resulting in the withdrawal by Tessera Inc. of its complaint concerning Tessera's semiconductor chip packaging technology.
Acer, Inc., Nanya Technology Corporation and Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (ITC). Ms. Mingrone served on the winning litigation team, defeating Tessera on behalf of these respondents in patent litigation before the ITC concerning Tessera's packaging patents.
Applied Materials, Inc. v. SES.. Ms. Mingrone was part of the team that obtained a preliminary injunction in Arizona state court on behalf of Applied Materials, Inc. The injunction prevented misappropriation of Applied's intellectual property and continues to protect its trade secrets.
Johnson&Johnson v. Genentech. Ms. Mingrone was part of an Orrick team that succeeded on its motion to dismiss the complaint filed against Genentech, ultimately leading to a non-monetary settlement and dismissal of the case.

Ms. Mingrone founded and chairs Orrick's "Successful Women in Intellectual Property" group, which is dedicated to providing open forums for women in this field to discuss practical and legal methods for success; and also serves on numerous committees including the firm's Professional Development Committee and its Talent Model.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property
Law School J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1987
Admitted Year 1997
Education B.A., Political Science, Santa Clara University, 1984
Bar Member / Association State bar of California
Most recent firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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