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About Joanna

Ms. Fuller is a Principal in the Southern California office of Fish & Richardson. Ms. Fuller represents pharmaceutical and high tech clients in patent litigation nationwide. Her cases have encompassed a wide range of technology, including pharmaceuticals, video coding, backup and recovery software, GPS technology, medical software, network security software, and email encryption.

Prior to joining Fish, Ms. Fuller clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson and interned for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, both of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also clerked for the San Diego U.S. Attorneys’ Office and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Fuller practiced as a chemical engineer. She did pharmaceutical research and development work at ALZA Corporation and chemical manufacturing at Dow Chemical Corporation.

Selected Publications

Ms. Fuller is a contributing author to Fish’s IP Law Essentials.

Experts in Patent Cases: Who They Are and Why to Hire Them,” co-author, Fish IP Law Essentials Blog (September 10, 2020).

What to Consider When Selecting an Expert Witness,” co-author, Fish IP Law Essentials Blog (September 10, 2020).

“Federal Circuit Report: Damages Award Vacated by Federal Circuit,” IP Litigator, Vol. 21 No. 1 pp.24-25 (Jan./Feb. 2015) (available here).

“Patent Damages Law: Life after Lucent, ResQNet, and Uniloc,” Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter Newsletter, pp. 3 & 12 (Summer 2012).

“Judge David R. Thompson: A Legacy that Lives On,” Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter Newsletter, pp. 2-3 (Spring 2011).

“The Sanctity of Settlement: Stopping CERCLA’s Volunteer Remediators from Sidestepping the Settlement Bar,” 34 COLUM. J. ENVTL. L. 219 (2009).

Speaking Engagements

Speaker “Unconscious Bias – What is It?  How to Address It?” San Diego CLE Event (January 24, 2018).

Speaker “Substance Abuse” San Diego CLE Event (January 12, 2017).

2017 – Parallel Networks Licensing LLC v. Microsoft Corp. (D. Del.) – counsel for Microsoft in action where Parallel Networks sued Microsoft in December 2013 alleging patent infringement of two patents by Microsoft’s Windows Server and Windows Sharepoint products, Azure Web Apps, and the Microsoft.com, Bing and MSN websites.  After a four-day trial, the jury returned a verdict for Microsoft in under one hour, finding non-infringement on every claim.

2017 – In the Matter of Certain Composite Aerogel Insulation Materials and Methods for Manufacturing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1003 (U.S.I.T.C.) – counsel for Complainant Aspen Aerogels resulting in a limited exclusion order barring the importation of Respondents’ aerogel composite blankets into the U.S. market.

2016 – CH2O v. Meras Engineering, Inc. & Houweling’s Nurseries (C.D. Cal.) – counsel for patentee CH2O in patent case involving chemical technology for treating irrigation systems.  Jury returned verdict finding willful infringement, upholding validity of the patent, and awarding $12.5M in damages.

2016 – SRI International, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (C.D. Cal.) – counsel for patentee SRI in patent litigation concerning network intrusion detection.  After a jury trial, the jury returned a verdict for SRI finding every claim infringed and not invalid, that infringement was willful.  In post-trial, the Court further awarded SRI attorney fees, enhanced damages, a compulsory license, and prejudgment interest.

2015 – SRI International, Inc. v. Dell Inc. (D. Del.) – counsel for patentee SRI in patent litigation concerning network intrusion detection resulting in a favorable settlement for client.

2014 – SRI International, Inc. adv. Check Point Software, Inc. (N.D. Cal.); SRI International, Inc. adv. Fortinet, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – counsel for patentee SRI in patent litigation concerning network intrusion detection resulting in a favorable settlement for client.

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 San Diego Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation​

2014 Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Certificate​

Focus Areas
Education

J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of San Diego School of Law (2009)


B.S. with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (1996)

Admissions
  • California 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Clerkships

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, The Honorable David R. Thompson, 2009 - 2010

Memberships & Affiliations

​Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter
San Diego County Bar Association
Lawyers Club of San Diego
ATHENA San Diego

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September 10, 2020
What to Consider When Selecting an Expert Witness
Authors: Taylor Burgener, Joanna M. Fuller
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IP Law Essentials
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September 10, 2020
Experts in Patent Cases: Who They Are and Why to Hire Them
Authors: Taylor Burgener, Joanna M. Fuller
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IP Law Essentials
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June 19th, 2018
WIB-Southern California Presents: "The Science of Brewing at Ballast Point"
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January 11, 2018
Fish & Richardson Elevates 19 Attorneys to Principal
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September 11, 2017
What Happens in the ITC Stays in the ITC – Except for Related District Court Cases
Author: Joanna M. Fuller
IP Litigation
ITC Litigation
News
September 7, 2016
Fish & Richardson Wins $12.5 Million Jury Award and Willful Infringement for CH2O in Patent Infringement Case
Press Release
News
Blog
April 6, 2015
Justiciable Controversy Existed for a Generic’s DJ Action on a Patent Listed in the FDA’s Orange Book Even Though the Patent Had Been Disclaimed
Author: Joanna M. Fuller
Blogs
News
February 3, 2015
Craig Countryman and Joanna Fuller Featured in The IP Litigator
Media Mention
Articles
News
Blog
November 18, 2014
Federal Circuit Affirms Willful Infringement Judgment and Determines Patentee is the “Prevailing Party” Where It Won on One of Two Asserted Patents
Author: Joanna M. Fuller
IP Litigation
Federal Circuit
Event
April 26th, 2012
Athena Pinnacle Awards
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Blog
October 21, 2014
Damages Award Vacated Where Jury Instruction Implied that Apportionment Was Not Needed If The Royalty Base Was The Smallest Saleable Patent Practicing Unit And Where The Expert Used The Nash Bargaining Solution Without Determining Whether It Applied
Author: Joanna M. Fuller
IP Litigation
Federal Circuit
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October 21, 2014
Damages Award Vacated Where Jury Instruction Implied that Apportionment Was Not Needed If The Royalty Base Was The Smallest Saleable Patent Practicing Unit And Where The Expert Used The Nash Bargaining Solution Without Determining Whether It Applied
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