Zachary Briers is a technology and litigation attorney in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes and consumer class actions, and counseling technology clients regarding intellectual property transactions.
Mr. Briers’ substantial experience litigating complex intellectual property disputes includes patent infringement cases, actions brought under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and trademark infringement claims. His experience spans a variety of industries and technologies, including semiconductors, software, networking equipment, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, restaurant equipment, financial services and fashion. Mr. Briers regularly represents both alleged infringers and intellectual property owners.
In his class action practice, Mr. Briers represents corporate defendants in all aspects of litigation in both state and federal court. He has taken and defended dozens of depositions, successfully argued dispositive motions, opposed motions for class certification, and prepared expert witnesses for deposition and trial. He also advises clients regarding strategies to minimize class action exposure, including through the use of arbitration, and he regularly negotiates and oversees the implementation of class action settlements.
In addition, Mr. Briers advises technology clients on a variety of transactional and compliance issues. He has particular experience negotiating intellectual property licensing agreements, advising on mergers and acquisitions that involve intellectual property assets, and counseling clients regarding strategies to avoid allegations of intellectual property infringement. Mr. Briers also advises clients on compliance with Internet-based regulations, such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Communications Decency Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Outside the firm, Mr. Briers is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he teaches Internet Law. He is a member of the California Bar Association and the intellectual property section of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Briers obtained his J.D. from the New York University School of Law, magna cum laude, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and named a Florence Allen Scholar. While in law school, Mr. Briers was an Articles Editor for the Annual Survey of American Law, and the Competition Chair for the NYU Mock Trial Team.
- Ericsson as patentee in an infringement case in the Northern District of California involving numerous patents declared essential to the LTE cellular communications standard.
- Takeda Pharmaceuticals as patentee in ANDA litigation in the Northern District of California involving patents relating to a proton pump inhibitor.
- Tessera Technologies as patentee in numerous infringement cases in the Northern District of California involving patents relating to semiconductor packaging technology.
- Verizon as defendant in a:
- patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Virginia alleging infringement of five patents pertaining to fiber optic network components.
- nationwide class action involving third-party billing services, asserting RICO and unfair competition claims.
- putative class action involving landline telephone late payment charges in California state court.
- 1-800 Contacts as defendant of claims by the Federal Trade Commission asserting antitrust challenges to trademark settlements before an Administrative Law Judge.
- Panda Restaurant Group as defendant in obtaining a favorable settlement of patent infringement litigation concerning induction heating technology.