Keker & Van Nest

633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111, United States

Contact: Barbara Abulafia

  • (415) 391-5400
Police Retirement Sys. V. Intuitive Surgical

Opinion

Keker & Van Nest attorneys Michael Celio and Cody Harris have secured a complete vindication for Intuitive Surgical Inc., a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge robotic surgery devices, from an aggressive securities class…more
| Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Do the Metes and Bounds of Patent Claims Limit Academic Freedom?

To decide whether patent law may limit academic freedom, consider three issues. First, whether the background rules of law provide protection for academics. Second, whether the areas covered by patents are of interest to them…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Education, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Judge Rules to Limit Mandatory Detention of Immigrants in California

On Thursday May 15, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted a motion for a preliminary injunction and motion for class certification in Preap v. Holder, a class…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Immigration Law

Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933: Unanswered Questions

In recent years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has increasingly relied on Section 17(a) of the 1933 Securities Act. Indeed, many of the cases the SEC has brought in the wake of the recent financial crisis have been…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

How Venture Capitalists Keep Attorneys' Fees Down

Venture capitalists are among my favorite clients. Whether the client is the firm or an individual or a portfolio company, they are often very good at keeping litigation costs down, relatively speaking. Here's how they do…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

You just got sued for patent infringement—now what? (Presentation)

In This Presentation: - Questions to answer when you get sued - Competitor v. NPE patentees - Who files more — NPEs or competitors? - Competitor suits - NPE Suits - Who wins more $$$ — competitors or NPEs? -…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

What To Do When Law Enforcement Knocks On The Door Of Your Portfolio Company With A Search Warrant

Most venture capitalists live in a world far removed from the world of law enforcement. Sure, many have read Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities," in which a Manhattan investment banker takes a wrong turn and ends up prosecuted…more
| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

When Clones Attack: How to Protect Social/Mobile Games from Copying

The mobile gaming industry is experiencing an invasion of clones. While cloning has a long and varied history, it has become more prevalent with the explosion of social and mobile games. Take, for example, Words With Friends, a…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Best Practices for Successful Collaboration

Originally published in Life Science Leader - July 2012. Although collaborations between companies are often neccessary to bring new drugs or devices to market, many such collaborations end in unexpected acrimony and…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts

California Lawyer 2012 Roundtable Series: Securities

DEFENSE COUNSEL BEWARE. THAT’S THE MESSAGE FROM ROBERT KHUZAMI, DIRECTOR OF the SEC’s division of enforcement, who in the past year has pointedly criticized defense and inhouse counsel for impeding agency investigations. He has…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

When Do Venture Capitalists Owe Fiduciary Duties To Their Portfolio Companies?

In the typical venture-backed company, the Board often includes some members designated by the venture capital firms who are investors in the company. When things go awry, lawsuits often follow, and litigators are left to figure…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Angel Investors: Secondary Liability for DCI Copyright Infringement

Digital content intermediaries (DCIs) such as YouTube, Facebook, Ebay and others handle vast quantities of digital content uploaded by users, raising questions about their potential secondary liability for copyright…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Lawyer 2012 Roundtable Series: Securities

JUDGE JED S. RAKOFF OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK MADE HEADLINES LAST DECEMBER when he rejected a $285 million settlement between the SEC and Citigroup, stating that the commission’s failure to require the bank…more
| Securities Law

Lessons from the Options Backdating Scandal: The Archeology of Compensation Litigation By Stuart L. Gasner

Originally published in Executive Counsel, December 2011/January 2012. If litigating a lawsuit about compensation issues is a lot like doing a "dig" at an archeological site, the options back-dating scandal was a veritable…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Remedies, Criminal Law, Securities Law

Social Gaming: Protect Innovation from Litigation

Facebook and smartphones have rapidly increased the popularity and prosperity of the social gaming industry. Small companies founded by a team of young entrepreneurs develop many of these games. Founders of these small gaming…more
| Intellectual Property
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Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action
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  • Communications & Media Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Products Liability
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