Melody Drummond Hansen

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Partner

San Francisco
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Overview

Melody Drummond Hansen focuses her practice on intellectual property and technology litigation and strategic advice for technology transactions. She has extensive experience advising established technology leaders and emerging companies in patent, data security and privacy, trade secret, trademark, copyright and unfair competition disputes. With 17 years of experience in enabling technologies, Melody is a leader in the future of mobility, where she advises clients from software providers to OEMs on automated, connected, shared and sustainable transportation. She helps clients adapt their businesses for new technologies while navigating federal and state regulations, including from the U.S. National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Melody uses her experience in diverse technologies to provide holistic advice, leveraging particular strengths in mobile telecommunications standards, platforms, geolocation and navigation, cameras, streaming video, network architecture, artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

She has been recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers” and a “Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyer” by the Daily Journal, as well as a “California Trailblazer” by The Recorder and a “Technology Law Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. Melody serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Emerging Technology Law Committee.

Melody’s work in the growing mobility industry includes advising and advocating for innovators in automated and connected vehicles, fleet management, vehicle communications standards, data storage and processing, and electric and hydrogen power. She offers her clients strategic advice that evolves with their businesses and industries.

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Future of Mobility and Transportation 

  • Advises major OEM on EV battery plant, including risk analysis and intellectual property advice.
  • Advises clients regarding 3G, 4G and 5G alleged standard-essential patents for connected vehicles and other connected devices.

Other Mobile Telecommunications and Platform

  • Advised social networking platform in litigation involving international hacking of devices and extraction of personal data. (N.D. Cal)
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Experience

Future of Mobility and Transportation 

  • Advises major OEM on EV battery plant, including risk analysis and intellectual property advice.
  • Advises clients regarding 3G, 4G and 5G alleged standard-essential patents for connected vehicles and other connected devices.
  • Advises leader in connected car technology, audio, cloud services and IoT solutions in intellectual property matters, licensing, supplier agreements and audio and wireless standards.
  • Advises eVTOL company on intellectual property strategy and technology agreements.
  • Advised industry-leading aerospace company regarding multiple intellectual property and competition related matters.
  • Advised autonomous vehicle technology company in responding to California DMV and U.S. NHTSA inquiries regarding product under development, open-source research software and advertising.
  • Advised OEM on hydrogen truck deployment with major e-commerce company, including data sharing terms.
  • Advised innovative school transportation company regarding transition to EV buses.
  • Advised major logistics company in acquisition of EV trucking fleet.
  • Represented innovative school transportation company in dispute with direct competitor over alleged trade secrets and unfair competition.
  • Advised autonomous truck technology company regarding testing permits in multiple states, accident response and data preservation.
  • Advised data solutions company regarding proposed rules, standards and practices for automated and connected vehicles.

Other Mobile Telecommunications and Platform

  • Advised social networking platform in litigation involving international hacking of devices and extraction of personal data. (N.D. Cal)
  • Represented smart and connected home solutions leader in patent litigation accusing home security, connected home devices and mobile applications. (E.D. Tex)
  • Representing leading Internet search company in patent litigation asserting 11 patents related to user interface, streaming video and audio and delivery and navigation of Internet content. (N.D. Cal)
  • Represented leading streaming service in license dispute and declaratory action for non-infringement of on-demand and live video programming services. (N.D. Cal)
  • Represented multinational technology company in patent litigation asserted against augmented reality products; won motion to dismiss on indirect and willful infringement. (C.D. Cal)
  • Represented industry-leading computer and electronics company in multiple district court and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office matters involving patents related to interactive television and streaming media; successfully argued at IPR proceeding leading to invalidation of majority of challenged claims. (N.D. Cal. and USPTO)
  • Represented global payments technology company in litigation related to significant data security breach and enforcement, including claims under California unfair competition law. (N.D. Tenn)
  • Represented global communications, hosting and cloud services company in case asserting 19 patents against digital subscriber line (DSL) technologies, high-speed Internet, digital television and video-on-demand, with claims related to mobile telecommunications standards; won claim construction, plaintiff moved for non-infringement on its own patents, after which a favorable settlement was reached. (W.D. Tex)
  • Represented industry-leading computer and electronics company in a case asserting 16 patents against features of smartphones, tablet devices and MP3 players, and mobile telecommunications standards; after successful summary judgment motions and a trial on three patents, won partial judgment as a matter law; affirmed on appeal. (D. Del.)
  • Represented leading telecommunications semiconductor company in patent infringement case involving analog to digital signal conversion and digital signal processing; won early claim construction and stipulated judgment of non-infringement; affirmed on appeal. (C.D. Cal.)
  • Represented leading Internet content delivery company in patent litigation that sought to enjoin client’s business; won jury verdict of non-infringement affirmed by the Federal Circuit. (E.D. Va.)
  • Represented respondent semiconductor manufacturer and consumer electronics companies in patent infringement Section 337 investigation; resulted in full respondent victory, including determination of no domestic industry and invalidity or noninfringement. (USITC)
  • Represented intervener cellular telephone manufacturer in Section 337 investigation accusing 3G functionality; obtained favorable initial determination and Federal Circuit decision that set groundbreaking precedent regarding downstream relief. (USITC)

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Daily Journal 
    • Top Women Lawyers (2021)
    • Top Artificial Intelligence Lawyer (2019)
  • The Recorder: California Trailblazer (2020)
  • National Law Journal: Technology Law Trailblazer (2019)
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended in Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets (2017)

Memberships

  • Transportation Research Board, Emerging Technology Law Committee
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Intellectual Property Executive Committee: Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section

Community

  • Secretary of the Board, Prison Journalism Project
  • ChIPS
  • Women In-House Supporting Equality (WISE)
  • HiPower

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois

Education

  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2005, cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • M.Sc., Oxford University, 2002, with distinction
  • A.B., Georgetown University, 2000, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa