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Patrick McGill



  • J.D., Columbia University, 2009, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • B.A., Yale University, 2006, cum laude, recipient of the Andrew D. White Prize and F. Wilder Bellamy Award
  • California
  • New York
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Patrick McGill is an associate in the intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm's San Diego (Del Mar) office.

Patrick has broad experience litigating high-stakes patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and licensing disputes in federal district and appellate courts. He has handled disputes involving a variety of technologies, including many of the groundbreaking technologies and products that are foundational to everyday interaction with personal computers (e.g., chipsets and wireless standards, smartphone browsers and GUIs, mobile operating systems, IoT technologies, etc.), and involving a variety of licensing structures, including standard essential patents (SEP) subject to FRAND commitments.

Patrick has unique knowledge and familiarity with virtual and augmented/mixed reality (XR) hardware and software technologies and products – which he gained first as outside counsel, and then as the Acting General Counsel, of Meta Company, a pioneering start-up in the augmented reality field. At Meta, Patrick built a patent and trademark portfolio, drafted and negotiated all commercial agreements and partnerships, managed several litigations as in-house counsel, helped raise and close over $100m of venture capital and debt funding, and managed corporate governance matters. Through this work, he acquired a deep understanding and familiarity with the legal challenges that both start-up and established technology companies face as they seek to develop an IP portfolio, clear the legal and logistical hurdles to bringing new products to market, and seek to acquire and defend market share.

Patrick is an active writer and commentator, especially in the augmented reality field, having been invited to present before the USPTO and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Patrick has an active pro bono practice. Most notably, he represented Tennessee death row inmate Andrew Thomas in the post-conviction appeal of his state and federal sentences, including before the Supreme Court of the United States, and co-authored the habeas corpus brief that led to Mr. Thomas’s death sentence being vacated under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963). See Thomas v. Westbrooks, Case No. 15-5399 (6th Cir. Feb. 24, 2017). Patrick has obtained refugee resettlement in the U.S. for a citizen of Somalia whose family was murdered by al-Shabaab, asylum for a Ghanaian refugee fleeing persecution due to his sexual orientation, and special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) for three minors from Central America.

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