Overview

Eric B. Evans is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice in Mayer Brown’s Palo Alto office. He concentrates his practice on complex litigation and intellectual property matters.  He represents major companies in large-scale federal false advertising and antitrust class actions, as well as patent and trade secret matters. He also leverages a prior career in information technology to provide information governance and cybersecurity advice.  He is also the West Coast co-chair of the firm’s Electronic Discovery & Information Governance practice and a member of the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice.

Before he attended law school, Eric served as Associate Director of Instructional Technology at Denison University, where he acted as Denison’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act agent and enforced and redrafted the university’s Acceptable Use Policy for Network Resources. He also designed and deployed highly secure Windows NT and 2000 client images on more than 400 computers located in more than a dozen computing facilities. He also holds an A.M. Degree in Middle Eastern Studies and an A.B. summa cum laude in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Jordan in Amman, where he studied Arabic and history. 

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
Highlights
Electronic Discovery Deskbook

Experience

  • FreecycleSunnyvale v. The Freecycle Network and related cases (N.D. California, D. Arizona, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and Ninth Circuit). Obtained declaratory judgment in district court, affirmed after oral argument before Ninth Circuit, that “freecycle” and related terms were nakedly licensed to pro bono client, FreecycleSunnyvale, by The Freecycle Network and thus abandoned as trademarks. Result: cancellation of “freecycle”-related marks before TTAB and reversal in the Ninth Circuit of a preliminary injunction issued in a separate case brought by The Freecycle Network enjoining Mr. Oey from “tending to disparage” the validity of the alleged “freecycle” trademarks and from encouraging others to use the word “freecycle” in its generic sense, on the ground, among others, that the there is no cognizable claim for trademark disparagement under the Lanham Act.
  • Represented a brand-name watch manufacturer against a "reverse confusion" trademark infringement action.
  • Represented a major audio technology client in antitrust, patent misuse and other related litigation concerning the Blu-ray technology standard. Result: favorable confidential settlement.
  • Represented a major consumer electronics manufacturer in a patent infringement action alleging infringement of more than 100 claims in four patents involving power and thermal management for notebook computers that allegedly read on all notebook computers using Microsoft Windows operating system. Result: favorable confidential settlement.
  • Represented a confidential client in patent infringement action involving power and thermal management for notebook computers that allegedly read on all notebook computers using Microsoft Windows operating system. Result: highly favorable confidential settlement.
  • Represented a major payment processing network in an action alleging infringement of more than 100 claims in eight-patents in addition to a Sherman Act Section 1 conspiracy claim and a Sherman Act Section 2 Walker Process monopolization counterclaim involving patents on countermeasures to cryptographic attacks on smart card. Result: favorable confidential settlement.

Education

The University of Michigan Law School, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review • Executive Note Editor, Michigan Tel, and Tech. Law Review

Harvard University, AM

University of Jordan, Fulbright Scholar

Harvard University, AB, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • California

Court

  • US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • US District Court for the Central District of California
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit