Alper T. Ertas

Counsel

Alper Ertas advises clients in all aspects of intellectual property protection, enforcement, defense, and asset acquisition. He focuses on intellectual property disputes in federal court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has significant experience litigating cases that involve complex technology, including standard-essential patent cases, where his engineering background is leveraged to strategically assess and present infringement, invalidity, and damage claims and defenses.

Alper's representations of universities and corporations span the biotechnology, consumer product, content distribution, fashion apparel, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, software, and telecommunications industries.

As a registered patent attorney, Alper advises corporations and joint defense teams regarding invalidity proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has successfully utilized post-grant proceedings to defend against patent infringement claims, drive early settlement, and reduce the overall cost of the defense.

Prior to joining Venable, Alper worked in the intellectual property division of a leading oil-field services company, and the corporate securities division of a leading electric utility company, and as a process engineer.

Experience

Representative Matters

Representative ITC Matters

  • Krill Oil Products and Krill Meal for Production of Krill Oil Products, 337-TA-1019
  • Electrical Conductor Composite Cores and Components Thereof, 337-TA-995
  • Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms and Components Thereof, 337-TA-992
  • Wearable Activity Tracking Devices, Systems, and Components Thereof, ITC-337-TA-973
  • Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms and Components Thereof, 337-TA-970
  • Laser Abraded Denim Garments, 337-TA-930
  • Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems and Components Thereof, 337-TA-879
  • Optoelectronic Devices, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same, 337-TA-669

Representative Patent Matters

  • 3 Pak Holdings, LLC v. Aussie Armor, LLC d/b/a EJIS, Inc., 16-cv-02044 (C.D. Cal.)
  • KHN Solutions Inc. v. Vertisense Inc., 16-cv-00962 (N.D. Cal.)
  • Autumn Cloud LLC v. Ooyala, Inc., 16-cv-00849 (E.D. Tex.)
  • The Brita Products Company v. Seventh Generation, Inc. et al., 15-cv-00148 (N.D. Cal.)
  • Skechers U.S.A., Inc. et al. v. Fila U.S.A. Inc., 14-cv-05123 (C.D. Cal.)
  • eDekka LLC v. Devanlay US, Inc., 15-cv-00583 (E.D. Tex.)
  • Z-Image, LLC v. Advanced Avionics, Inc., 14-cv-01044 (E.D. Tex.)
  • Mobile Transformation LLC v. Us Weekly LLC, 13-cv-3450 (S.D.N.Y.)
  • ResMed Inc. v. Apex Medical Corporation, 13-cv-00498 (C.D. Cal.)
  • SureFire LLC v. PowerTac LLC et al., 12-cv-00121 (S.D. Cal.)
  • Streak Products Inc v. Antec, Inc. et al., 09-cv-04255, (N.D. Cal.)
  • Abstrax, Inc. v. Sun Microsystems, Inc., 09-cv-5243 (N.D. Cal.)
  • CTC Global Inc. v. Mercury Cable & Energy LLC, 09-cv-00261 (C.D. Cal.)

Representative Trademark and False Advertising Matters

  • A.P. Deauville, LLC v. Arion Perfrume & Beauty, Inc., 14-cv-03343 (N.D. Cal.)
  • Skechers U.S.A., Inc. et al. v. Fila U.S.A. Inc., 14-cv-05123 (C.D. Cal.)
  • The Clorox Company v. Mavea LLC, 13-cv-1933 (N.D. Cal.)

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. University of Houston Law Center 2008
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering Texas A&M University 2005
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering Texas A&M University 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association, Advisory Board, Litigation Chair
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association, 2018 ITC Committee, 2015 Post-Grant Patent Office Practice Committee