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.
Jodi is a zealous trial attorney who brings unwavering diligence and dedication to every matter she works on, whether she is drafting pleadings, investigating the facts, managing document collection and production, drafting requests and responses to fact discovery, drafting strategic contentions, preparing for and taking depositions, working with experts, drafting dispositive motions or preparing for trial. She uses her exceptional communication and organizational skills to keep cases moving in the right direction.
Jodi is actively involved in pro bono work, including serving as lead counsel in a successful defensive asylum proceeding in immigration court, securing beneficial settlements in multiple unlawful eviction cases and helping artists protect their intellectual property. She currently serves as a member of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
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.
Cherokee Gray Eagle IP, LLC et al. v. Rockin’ Jump, LLC et al. (S.D. Fla.) Represented Rockin’ Jump and CircusTrix in a patent infringement action involving trampoline arenas. The case settled favorably.
Thelonious Monk, Jr. v. North Coast Brewing Co. (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. The case settled favorably during discovery.
Wang v. Golf Tailor, LLC (N.D. Cal.) Represented Wang, a golf club designer, in a trade secret misappropriation and intellectual property infringement action. Obtained a motion to dismiss the trade secret claim.
Network-1 v. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (E.D. Tex.). Achieved a complete defense verdict for Hewlett Packard Enterprises. 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.
Dave Brock v. Nicolas Turner (TTAB) Prevailed in a trademark opposition oral argument before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent Office, securing exclusive rights to the use of a musical group’s name for the founder of the band over former members of the group.
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 Show More
US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
US District Court for the District of Delaware
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
US District Court for the Middle District of Florida
US District Court for the Southern District of Florida
US District Court for the Western District of Washington
US Patent and Trademark Office
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