Amy Candido, a partner in the San Francisco Office, is an experienced trial lawyer, focusing on high-stakes, complex patent and intellectual property litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. She has litigated and advised clients in a wide range of technologies, including the Internet, computer hardware and software, semiconductor manufacturing, casino gaming and genetic testing. Amy has conducted several jury trials in the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of California, and the Southern District of California, bench trials at the International Trade Commission, and argued before the Federal Circuit. Recently, Ms. Candido represented plaintiff ViaSat in a complex patent and breach of contract jury trial against Space Systems/Loral involving broadband satellites, which resulted in a jury verdict of $283 million for ViaSat in the Southern District of California. In the Eastern District of Texas, Ms. Candido tried the Function Media v. Google and Bright Response v. Google jury trials, both of which resulted in complete defense verdicts of non-infringement and invalidity for Google. She has been trial counsel for HTC in the two ITC investigations (337-TA-797 and 337-TA-710) initiated by Apple. In the 710 Investigation, the ITC Commission found no violation for all claims defended by the firm. Amy also represented Google in numerous ITC and multi-district actions concerning the Android operating system and various smart phone technologies. Amy graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School, and is a member of the bars of California and New York.
In 2012, Ms. Candido was selected as one of five Intellectual Property Rising Stars under 40 nationwide by Law360 and was named as one of the top 100 women litigators in California by The Daily Journal.
In addition to intellectual property, Ms. Candido has litigated in the areas of antitrust, securities and complex commercial litigation.
- Cisco Systems, Inc.
- Google Inc.
- IBM Corporation
- Bally Technologies, Inc.
- HTC Corp.
- Obtained a jury verdict of $283 million for plaintiff ViaSat in a complex patent and breach of contract case in the S.D. California involving high-speed satellite technology capable of providing broadband services to consumers and businesses. Plaintiff asserted that its patented and proprietary satellite technology was misappropriated by defendants to build a competing satellite, in violation of plaintiff’s patent rights and confidentiality agreements. After a three-week jury trial, the jury found that defendant infringed all asserted claims and breached its contractual obligations to plaintiff.
- Obtained a defense jury verdict of patent invalidity and non-infringement for a major Internet search company in an E.D. Texas trial in which plaintiff sought in excess of $600 million in damages.
- Obtained a defense jury verdict of patent invalidity and non-infringement for a major Internet search company in an E.D. Texas trial in which plaintiff sought $128 million in damages.
- Represented respondent HTC and third party Google as trial counsel in an ITC investigation (337-TA-710) initiated by Apple involving ten patents covering object-oriented operating systems, real-time processing, user interface and networking technologies. Five patents were dismissed prior to trial, and one additional patent was dismissed during trial. Staff attorney recommended no violation for all patents. Final determination of no violation for three patents asserted by Apple at trial. All patent claims defended by the firm were determined to be not infringed and invalid. HTC’s market capitalization increased by over $2 billion in two days following the final determination.
- Represented respondent HTC and third party Google as trial counsel in an ITC investigation (337-TA-797) initiated by Apple involving five patents covering multi-finger gestures, sensor-based rotation of user interface, and touch panel sensor design.
- Represented IBM in a patent infringement suit concerning blade server computer systems in the E.D. Texas. The matter was settled favorably after a five-day jury trial.
- Represented Bally Technologies, designer of slot machines and player tracking units, in patent litigation against IGT, obtaining summary judgment rulings on all five counts of patent infringement in D. Nevada and affirmance of rulings on appeal to the Federal Circuit.
- Obtained dismissal with prejudice for defendant computer company in patent infringement action in N.D. California.
- Represented IBM in significant, multi-district patent litigation involving image compression standards.
- Represented semiconductor manufacturer in patent litigation involving plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition.
- Represented computer manufacturer in patent litigation involving microprocessor architectures.
- Obtained complete victory for national automobile retailer and private equity firm clients after a one-week arbitration with the estate of automobile retailer’s deceased chief executive regarding employment compensation and benefits. Examined and crossed experts and other witnesses.
- Obtained summary judgment for defendant broker-dealer in contract dispute with plaintiff hedge fund.
- Obtained summary judgment for defendant that corporate restructuring did not vest plaintiff former employees’ stock options and successfully defended appeal to Second Circuit.
- Represented flat glass manufacturer in class action alleging horizontal price-fixing conspiracy.
- Represented national accounting firm in litigation with audit client asserting securities law violations and civil RICO claim stemming from alleged auditor independence violations.
- Antitrust & Competition
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- International Trade Commission Proceedings
- Securities Litigation
- Internet Litigation
- Patent Litigation
- Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
- Employment Litigation & Counseling
- Crisis Law & Strategy Group
- Sexual Harassment & Employment Discrimination
- University of Chicago Law School
(J.D., with honors, 1997)
- University of Chicago Law School Roundtable:
- Articles Editor
- University of Chicago Law School Roundtable:
- Dartmouth College
(A.B., English & Government, cum laude, 1994)
- Highest Honors in Government
- The State Bar of California
- The State Bar of New York
- Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP:
- Associate, 1997-2005