Zachary Briers is a technology and litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on intellectual property and technology-related litigation. Mr. Briers also counsels clients regarding intellectual property transactions and compliance with Internet-based regulations.
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, Internet advertising, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, restaurant equipment, fashion and financial services. Mr. Briers regularly represents both alleged infringers and intellectual property owners.
Mr. Briers also has considerable experience representing corporate defendants in technology-related disputes, including consumer class actions, in both state and federal court. He has taken and defended dozens of depositions, argued dispositive motions, opposed motions for class certification, prepared expert witnesses and cross-examined opposing witnesses at trial.
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 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.
- 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 in a six-week antitrust trial at the Federal Trade Commission relating to the settlement of trademark infringement claims.
- Panda Restaurant Group as defendant in obtaining a favorable settlement of patent infringement litigation concerning induction heating technology.
- An international law firm and several of its partners in a legal malpractice action resulting from a patent infringement trial handled by the firm.