Blair M. Jacobs is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He is an experienced first chair trial lawyer who focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, antitrust, and other commercial litigation matters, both at the trial court and appellate levels.
Mr. Jacobs has handled numerous bet-the-company patent litigation cases and has resolved disputes across the gamut of contentious IP issues, including trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret and unfair competition disputes. He is routinely chosen to lead teams in significant matters requiring the highest level of trial skills. According to the 2014 edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, he “creatively puts arguments together in a way that juries find entertaining – and persuasive.”
Mr. Jacobs has litigated extensively before the ITC, having successfully represented both complainants and respondents in Section 337 investigations involving a wide range of products and technologies. He has significant experience handling competitor versus competitor cases in the District of Delaware, Northern District of California, Central District of California and Eastern District of Texas, forums well known for having heavy patent litigation dockets. Mr. Jacobs was selected by the District of Delaware as one of a handful of outside counsel to serve on the Delaware Patent Study Group, a group designed to assist in recommending best practices for complex patent cases in that district.Mr. Jacobs also possesses deep experience in the appellate phase of litigation at the Federal Circuit and other federal appellate courts. He is often sought out to assist with appeals for cases after other counsel have handled lower court proceedings. Mr. Jacobs has entered appearances in more than 100 appeals and has presented more than 20 oral arguments to federal appellate courts. Recently, he secured a landmark reversal in the Power Integrations v. Fairchild case, and obtained affirmances of lower court victories on three other appeals of critical importance, including securing an affirmance of a complete victory at the district court level in the first U.S. litigation victory for a Korean pharmaceutical company under the Hatch-Waxman Act, in AstraZeneca AB v. Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co. Mr. Jacobs has been nationally recognized for his appellate work, with the IAM Patent 1000 recommending his as one of a small group of counsel for practice at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Jacobs’ experience, which also includes advising clients on portfolio development, licensing strategies and other intellectual property protection, extends across a wide spectrum of technical areas, including computer hardware and software, semiconductors, fiber optic telecommunication systems, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, mobile handsets, SMS technology, transmitters and receivers, robotics, photolithography, and product design.
Mr. Jacobs is recognized as one of the top patent trial lawyers in the nation. For several years, various publications have ranked him at the top echelons of his practice for patent litiation, ITC work, and appellate prowess at the Federal Circuit. In 2015, Mr. Jacobs and his team were designated "Legal Lions" for securing a California federal judge's agreement to toss a significant jury verdict based on a flawed damages methodology. That same result was chosen by the Daily Journal publication as a "Top Defense Result" of 2014, an award bestowed on case outcomes that will have a significant impact on intellectual property law going forward.
Mr. Jacobs’ success as a top-echelon patent litigator, ITC practitioner and appellate advocate have been recognized by several leading lawyer ranking guides, including
Recent District Court and International Trade Commission (ITC) Experience
Recent Federal Court Circuit of Appeals Experience
Mr. Jacobs frequently lectures and writes on various topics, including trial tactics and trial advocacy, patent litigation strategies, strategies concerning allegations of trade secret misappropriation, appellate advocacy, and issues associated with electronic discovery.
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2019 IAM Patent 1000 as One of the Most Sophisticated Patent Litigation Practices
June 07, 2019
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2018 Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars
June 18, 2018
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2018 IAM Patent 1000 For Superb Track Record in Patent Litigation
June 15, 2018
Trend Micro’s Complete Victory Against Intellectual Ventures Enhanced by Partial Award of Legal Fees
September 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Recognized For Pristine Patent Litigation Track Record in 2017 IAM Patent 1000
August 08, 2017
Paul Hastings Intellectual Property Practice Continues Leadership in PTAB Filings
February 09, 2017
Paul Hastings IP Litigators Recognized By National Law Journal
December 08, 2016
Fairchild Scores $2.4 Million Jury Verdict After Two Week Trial in District of Delaware
June 11, 2015
Nationally Recognized Technology Patent Trial Team Join Paul Hastings in Palo Alto and Washington, D.C.
March 30, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Limits Venue Under the Patent Statute in TC Heartland
May 23, 2017
The Supreme Court Instructs District Courts to Put Substantial Weight on the Reasonableness of a Losing Party’s Position in Determining Fees in Copyright Cases
June 21, 2016
There’s a New Federal Trade Secrets Statute—Now What?
May 20, 2016
Supreme Court to Consider Abolishing Laches Defense for Patent Cases
May 11, 2016
Paul Hastings IP Practice Honored in 2017 IAM Patent 1000
Intellectual Asset Management highlighted Paul Hastings' IP practice in IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals. The guide ranked the firm's practices Nationwide as well as in New York and Washington, DC. Paul Hastings partners were ranked in California: Yar Chaikovsky; New York: Joseph O'Malley; Gerald Flattmann; Preston Ratliff; Bruce Wexler; Samuel Waxman; Washington DC: Naveen Modi; Blair Jacobs; Joseph Palys; and Allan Soobert; and in Japan: Hiroyuki Hagiwara.
Paul Hastings attorneys were also recognized in IAM's Nationwide tables: Yar Chaikovsky and Blair Jacobs were recommended for International Trade Commission litigation; Jacobs was recommended for his experience in Federal Circuit appellate litigation; and Naveen Modi and Joseph Palys were both recognized for their strength in post-grant proceedings. Preston Ratliff was also noted in the IAM Strategy 300, which recognizes individuals for their work in protecting intellectual property as a key business asset.
June 06, 2017
National Law Journal names Paul Hastings IP Partners as Winning Litigators, Trailblazers
In successive days, the National Law Journal honored members of Paul Hastings IP Litigation team with two nationwide recognitions.
In the first recognition, NLJ named Yar Chaikovsky as named a Winning Litigator for his success representing the internet security company, Trend Micro, Inc in the US District Court of Delaware. In the second award, NLJ jointly named Chaikovsky, Blair Jacobs, and Chris Kennerly as Trailblazers in Litigation for their defense of AT&T against Cellular Communications Equipment LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Group.
NLJ received hundreds of nominations for each of the annual series, which are among their most competitive.
Paul Hastings IP Practice Honored in 2016 IAM Patent 1000
Intellectual Asset Management highlighted Paul Hastings' IP practice in its IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2016. The guide ranked the firm’s Nationwide, New York, Washington, D.C., and Georgia IP practices; and partners Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Blair Jacobs, Robin McGrath, Naveen Modi, Joseph O'Malley, Joseph Palys, Preston Ratliff, Samuel Waxman, and Bruce Wexler were recognized as leading lawyers.
May 27, 2016
Paul Hastings IP Practice Honored in 2015 IAM Patent 1000
Intellectual Asset Management highlighted Paul Hastings' IP practice in its IAM
Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2015. The guide ranked the firm’s Nationwide, New York, and Washington, D.C. IP practices; and partners Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Blair Jacobs, Naveen Modi, Joseph O'Malley, Steven Park, Jeff Randall, Preston Ratliff, Allan Soobert, and Bruce Wexler were recognized as leading lawyers.
June 17, 2015
Managing IP's 2015 IP Stars
Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Blair Jacobs, Chris Kennerly, Naveen Modi, Joseph O'Malley, and Bruce Wexler were named 2015 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Nationwide, the firm's Intellectual Property practice was ranked in the Bio/Life Sciences, Copyright, and Patent Contentious categories. In New York, the firm was ranked Highly Recommended in the Patent Contentious category, and in California, the firm was ranked Recommended in the Copyright and Patent Contentious categories.
May 15, 2015