Jodi Benassi - McDermott Will & Emery


Jodi Benassi focuses her practice on litigation and investigations. Jodi has experience in federal court district actions in California, Texas, Florida and Michigan and actions before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She has also conducted internal investigations on behalf of audit committees from high profile Fortune 500 organizations to Silicon Valley start-ups.

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  • Thelonious Monk, Jr. v. North Coast Brewing Co. (2018, N.D. Cal.). Represented North Coast Brewing Co. in a trademark infringement and rights of publicity action concerning the image and likeness of Thelonious Monk Sr., resulting in settlement
  • Counsel in audit committee investigations of potential corporate misconduct and related advice on remediation and enhancements to corporate compliance programs for Fortune 500 software and hardware technology companies
  • Network-1 v. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (2017, E.D. Tex.). Achieved a complete defense verdict for Hewlett Packard Enterprises in the Eastern District of Texas. The jury rejected the infringement claims for a patent alleged to be standard-essential and licensed throughout the networking industry for more than a hundred million dollars. The jury found the asserted claims not infringed and invalid. The invalidity finding followed two reexaminations and full review by the PTAB during an inter partes review

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  • California State Bar, Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services


  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts, pro bono attorney
  • California Lawyers for the Arts, pro bono attorney
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and CLSEPA, pro bono attorney

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Santa Clara University School of Law, JD, 2015
San Jose State University, BS, 2003


Courts / Agencies
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Central District of California

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