Wayne Stacy is a Partner and the Department Chair of the San Francisco Intellectual Property group.With a computer-engineering background, he has more than twenty years of experience litigating high-stakes technology cases, including patent, trade secret, software-based copyright and technology-licensing disputes. He has particular experience in competitor-on-competitor cases where injunctions, key business sectors, and large damages are at risk. He has served as the lead lawyer at trial in numerous jury trials. When trial is likely necessary, he has a proven record. Realizing that not all cases need to go to a jury, Wayne also has demonstrated an ability to navigate business disputes and solve tough problems for his clients outside the courtroom.
Mr. Stacy is among the most recognized technology litigators in the country. He was recently honored as an "IP Trailblazer" by the National Law Journal (2017). He has also been recognized repeatedly by Chambers USA (2007-2016) and Intellectual Asset Manager (IAM) as one of the leading IP litigators in the United States (2017). Chambers describes him as “a strong trial lawyer” and “a renowned patent litigator.” And the Daily Journal reported that he was “fabulous in his ability to think outside of the box and be creative with IP litigation.” He has been quoted in scores of IP-related news articles and speaks around the world on the issues surrounding juries and technology cases.
For almost two decades, Mr. Stacy has dedicated his spare time to teaching law students about the realities of litigating technology cases. He has been an adjunct professor at three universities, teaching patent law, patent litigation, copyright law and PTAB litigation. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings.
Mr. Stacy also devotes significant time to improving the legal community. He has served on Federal Court local-rule committees - drafting patent local rules. And he serves as faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), where he has taught a variety of courses from deposition skills to his favorite course, trial skills for public service attorneys.