Wayne Stacy is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property group with twenty years of experience litigating high stakes patent and trade secret cases. He is skilled in competitor-against-competitor cases where injunctions and large damages are at issue. He has tried cases in leading patent jurisdictions such as the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of Texas, and has represented clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
Mr. Stacy was recently named to the National Law Journal’s 2017 IP Trailblazers list.
Mr. Stacy is consistently ranked by Chambers USA (2007-2016) and Intellectual Asset Manager (IAM) (2017) as one of the top patent litigators in the United States. He is described in Chambers as “a strong trial lawyer” and “a renowned patent litigator.” For the past decade, he has been an Adjunct Professor, teaching Patent Litigation and Patent Office Litigation. Mr. Stacy is currently an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). He was recently named an Adjunct Professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law for the 2017-2018 academic year, where he will teach in the IP department.
Mr. Stacy employs a case-by-case approach to patent disputes, often utilizing injunctions as the primary remedy. With an understanding that not all cases should go to a jury, he has settled scores of cases prior to trial. His strategy has generated strong client praise with one General Counsel telling the Daily Journal that Mr. Stacy is “fabulous in his ability to think outside of the box and be creative with IP litigation.”
Mr. Stacy has experience on both sides of “bet the company” disputes, helping patent holders protect their market share from upstart competitors, as well as defending companies attacked by so-called “patent trolls.”
In the past several years, Mr. Stacy has advised his clients on the strategic use of post-grant trial proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He is the co-editor of the PTAB Digest which tracks and analyzing PTAB decisions.
With a background in computer engineering, Mr. Stacy focuses on litigating electronics and software cases. His representations have concerned security software, telecommunication systems, LCDs, semiconductor and high-power lasers, microprocessors, thin films, optical communication components, and cloud software.