- J.D., Harvard University, 2004, cum laude
- B.S., Biology, University of California, San Diego, 2001, summa cum laude, Recipient of the Biology Outstanding Achievement Award, Phi Beta Kappa scholarship for graduate study
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States District Court, Northern District of California
- United States District Court, Southern District of California
- United States District Court, Central District of California
Graham (Gray) M. Buccigross is a litigator whose practice focuses on patent infringement suits involving the electrical and computer arts and life sciences. He graduated from Harvard Law School with honors, and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's Del Mar Heights office, and a member of Sheppard Mullin's Electronic Discovery Team. In December 2010, Mr. Buccigross was judged by an independent panel of legal experts and recognized by the San Diego Daily Transcript as one of “the San Diego legal community’s up and coming stars.”
Areas of Practice
Mr. Buccigross has obtained highly favorable results for parties enforcing patents and for parties defending against such actions. He has broad experience litigating in various jurisdictions, including the Northern District of California, Central District of California, Southern District of California, District of Delaware, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Virginia, Eastern District of Texas, District of New Jersey, and Southern District of Florida.
Patent Suits Involving Electrical and Computer Arts
Mr. Buccigross has obtained excellent results in patent infringement actions concerning highly technical subject matter, including telecommunications, computer software and hardware, semiconductors, and data de-duplication. Representative clients include HTC, Marvell Semiconductor, Lenovo, Samsung, Calypso Technology, Quantum Corporation, Echostar Corp., Mformation Technologies, and Lineage Power.
Patent Suits Involving the Life Sciences
Mr. Buccigross has also successfully litigated various patent cases involving the life sciences and biological arts. For instance, he represented the University of California in litigation against the Monsanto Corporation, leading to a settlement on the eve of trial of over $200 million for a license to the UC’s patents covering bovine growth hormone. Other representative life sciences matters involved biological assays, surgical devices, and nutraceuticals. Other representative clients include Medtronic, Applera Corp., Gen-Probe Inc., and Everett Laboratories.
Opinion Work, General Litigation Experience, and Training
As a secondary focus, Mr. Buccigross has provided freedom-to-operate opinions relating to diverse subject matter including pharmaceuticals, stents, and digital cameras.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Buccigross was an associate in Morrison & Foerster LLP’s litigation department. There, besides litigating patent infringement cases, his practice encompassed trade secret/unfair competition litigation, general commercial litigation, and employment litigation.
Mr. Buccigross graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he received an award for his brief writing. During law school, he interned and externed for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of California at San Diego, with highest honors. While there, he completed substantial coursework in computer science, advanced mathematics, physics for engineers, and electrical engineering.
- La Mancha Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Casa Cornelia Law Center, 2013
- Sheppard Mullin's Bob Gerber Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, 2013
- Southern California Super Lawyer, 2013, 2014
Intellect Wireless v. HTC. Representing HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. in a two-patent lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois relating to multimedia messaging service (MMS). Obtained judgment of unenforceability of both patents due to inequitable conduct, following a bench trial.
Intellect Wireless v. HP/Palm. Representing Hewlett-Packard and Palm in a two-patent lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois relating multimedia messaging service (MMS).
Wi-LAN v. Apple et al. Representing HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. in a multi-patent lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas relating to Wi-Fi, Wi-MAX, LTE and CDMA2000 (EVDO Rev. A) technologies.
NYKO Technologies, Inc. v. Performance Designed Products LLC, Eveready Battery Co., Inc. and Energizer Holdings, Inc. Representing defendants in two patent lawsuits relating to chargers for wireless video game controllers.
Innovative Biometric Technology, LLC v. Lenovo (United States), Inc. et al. Represented Lenovo in a patent infringement suit involving accessing computers through biometric validation. Settled very favorably after defendants filed a motion for summary judgment of noninfringement and invalidity.
Quantum Corp. v. Riverbed Technologies, Inc. Represented plaintiff and cross-defendant Quantum in multiple patent infringement lawsuits against Riverbed regarding data storage products that utilize data de-duplication technology. The matters were resolved in a very favorable global settlement for Quantum.
Telarix, Inc. v. Vero Systems, Inc. Represented defendant in a patent infringement suit regarding software for least-cost routing of international telephone calls. Settled very favorably.
Trimble Navigation Ltd. v. RHS Inc. et al. Represented defendant Hemisphere GPS in a patent infringement involving automatically steering agricultural machinery using GPS technology. Prevailed on motion for summary judgment of noninfringement.
[Case name intentionally omitted.] Represented an aerospace manufacturer in a trade secret matter filed against a former employee and his subsequent employer – a primary competitor. Obtained computer forensic evidence that the employee stole trade secrets. When confronted with this evidence, the employee fully admitted wrongdoing.
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