San Francisco, California 94304
Diana Barrett Kruze is a senior associate in the Intellectual Property Group, focusing on patent and copyright litigation. Ms. Kruze also has extensive experience with licensing and patent post-grant review procedures. She represents clients in a wide range of technical disciplines including software, medical devices, nanotechnology, smartphones, user interfaces, cellular communications, satellite systems, and semiconductor processing and packaging.
Ms. Kruze has questioned witnesses and experts at trial; helped negotiate multimillion-dollar settlements; helped to develop an international IP enforcement strategy for a Fortune 500 company involving lawsuits in Germany, China, Japan and the U.S.; written multiple successful motions for summary judgments in complex IP matters; and supervised a team of approximately 100 attorneys conducting a review of more than a million documents in a two-week timeframe.
In addition to her intellectual property work, Ms. Kruze is also part of the firm’s extensive pro bono practice. In February 2014, she was recognized in the San Francisco Chronicle for her work in helping to reunite a Cameroonian gay rights activist with her 10-month-old baby and partner. Ms. Kruze also wrote portions of an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court brief challenging the legality of Proposition 8, and she frequently represents victims of domestic violence in securing restraining orders.
In 2013 and again in 2014, Super Lawyers named Ms. Kruze to its Rising Stars list for Northern California. She also received the 2013 Outstanding Barrister Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) for her extraordinary contribution to the ideals of legal justice and professional excellence. Ms. Kruze has served as the associate representative for approximately 100 attorneys in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster since 2012 and is a current member of the Barristers Board of Directors of the BASF. In 2013, she was co-chair of BASF’s 29th Annual Judge Reception and chaired the Art Charity Benefit Auction, which helped to raise thousands of dollars for underprivileged children and legal diversity programs throughout the Bay Area.
Ms. Kruze clerked for Judge James Ware and externed for Judge Saundra Armstrong, both of the Northern District of California. Ms. Kruze graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at Hastings, she was senior symposium editor for the Hastings Law Journal.
|Areas of Practice||1) Litigation, 2) Patent Litigation and 3) Patent Reexaminations|
|Law School||University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 2006)|
|Education||New York University (B.A., 2001)|
|Bar Member / Association||State Bar Of California|
|Most recent firm||Morrison & Foerster LLP|
Benjamin P. Smith is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. He is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on high-stakes disputes in the biotechnology, medical device, and internet industries.