Jodi Benassi Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer - McDermott Will & Emery


Jodi Benassi focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation. She has successfully represented companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to emerging startups in a broad range of industries, including technology, entertainment, finance, beverage, pharmaceutical and life sciences. Jodi has helped clients reach favorable outcomes across the nation, including US District Court actions in California, Georgia, Texas, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Washington and Michigan, state actions in California and Georgia and matters 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.

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  • Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC v. Coca Cola Company (N.D. Ga.) Represented the Coca Cola Company in a patent infringement action involving the revolutionary Freestyle beverage dispenser.  Won summary judgement of non-infringement on remand from the Federal Circuit.
  • Natera, Inc. v. ArcherDX, Inc. et al. (D. Del.) Representing Natera in a patent infringement action involving methods of preparing DNA.
  • Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (D. New Jersey). Represented Aurinia in a patent infringement action involving a method for treating ocular disease. The case settled favorably during discovery.
  • FluorDx LLC v. Quidel Corporation. (S.D. Cal.) Represented Quidel in a patent litigation action over a lateral flow assay method. Won first action on motion to dismiss. On the second action, the case settled favorably.

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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, pro bono attorney
  • Community Legal Serving East Palo Alto, pro bono attorney


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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