Sean P. DeBruine
Sean is a highly experienced trial lawyer whose practice encompasses patent, copyright and trade secret cases, as well as complex commercial disputes. He has conducted jury and bench trials in courts across the country and before the U. S. International Trade Commission. He has also successfully prosecuted and defended patentability challenges before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including ex-parte reexamination and Inter-Partes Review (IPR) procedings. Mr. DeBruine has represented IP owners and accused infringers in cases involving semiconductors, computer systems and components, networking, optics, chemicals and medical devices. Mr. DeBruine also advises clients on portfolio development, technology license agreements and acquisitions. Sean was recognized in 2016 and the four years prior as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. He was recommended in 2015 by Legal 500 US in the area of Patents.
Sean is also active in pro bono matters. His work with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County in litigation for improved living conditions at a single resident occupancy hotel was recognized with its Dorothy M. Wolfe Award for extraordinary service in 2014. Mr. DeBruine recently represented several clients who were sentenced to life in federal prison for low-level, non-violent narcotics offenses. Two of his clients were granted clemency by President Obama: one of whom was released in December 2016 after serving more than 20 years.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DeBruine was a partner in the Silicon Valley offices of several international firms. Earlier in his career, as an associate at a leading Silicon Valley law firm, Sean worked extensively with Dan on a number of trials.
Sean grew up in the Silicon Valley and attended U.C. Berkeley as an undergraduate and for law school..