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Valerie W. Ho

Valerie W. Ho focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling. She has over 20 years of experience handling a variety of patent, trademark, copyright, e-commerce, and entertainment-related disputes. Valerie has represented American, Asian and Canadian clients in many different industries, including consumer electronics, consumer products, entertainment, technology and e-commerce. She is experienced prosecuting and defending patent disputes involving a wide range of technologies, including consumer electronics, wireless communications, medical devices, biometrics systems, industrial machinery and equipment, anti-piracy coding, and remote-controlled and robotic toys.

Concentrations

  • Patent litigation
  • Trademark and trade dress litigation
  • Brand protection and enforcement
  • Copyright litigation

Capabilities

Experience

  • Advanced Electrolyte Technologies LLC, et al. v. ESDI, LLC, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas): Represented defendants in patent litigation involving battery technology.
  • Blue Spike, LLC v. 3M Cogent, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented 3M in patent infringement suit involving biometrics systems.
  • Braun Melsungen AG, et al. v. Becton, Dickinson and Company, et al. (U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware): Representation of B. Braun in a litigation involving infringement by Becton, Dickinson and Company of 10 patents generally relating to IV catheter safety systems.
  • CareFusion 303, Inc. v. B. Braun Medical, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented B. Braun in patent infringement suit involving medical devices. Case was dismissed on the eve of trial after Court awarded terminating sanctions.
  • Fastek, LLC v. Steco, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California): Represented Fastek and Advanced Steel Technology in patent infringement suit involving container loading machinery. Obtained favorable Markman Fastek, LLC v. Steco, 2011 WL 4499101 (Sept. 27, 2011); Fastek, LLC v. Steco, 2011 WL 1304606 (April 6, 2011).
  • Innovation First Labs, Inc. v. Toysmith Group (Northern District of Texas):  Represented Innovation First in patent infringement suit involving robotic toys.
  • Ivera Medical Corp. v. Hospira Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California): Represented Hospira in patent infringement suit involving medical devices.
  • Joao Bock Transaction Systems, LLC v. Bank of Stockton, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented Farmers and Merchants Bank in a patent litigation initiated by Joao Bock in the Central District of California. The asserted patent relates generally to apparatus and method for providing account security.
  • Philips LCD Co. Ltd. v. Tatung Company, et al. (U.S. District Court for District of Delaware): Represented major computer and electronic home appliance company in patent litigation involving flat panel display technology. Obtained Markman victory followed by favorable settlement.
  • Philips LCD Co. Ltd. v. Tatung Company, et al. (U.S. District Court for Central District of California): Litigated patent infringement action involving liquid crystal display mounting technology on behalf of major computer and electronic home appliance company.
  • Network Signatures, Inc. v. General Mills, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented General Mills in a patent litigation in the Central District of California. The patent relates generally to a method of using public and private keys to generate a cryptographic signature which can be used to authenticate information.
  • Silverlit Toys Manufactory and Spin Master LLC v. Innovage LLC and MerchSource LLC (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Obtained permanent injunction and product recall in design patent and trade dress case involving remote controlled toys.
  • Uniloc USA, Inc., et al. v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas): Represented Samsung in patent litigation involving pedometer application on mobile devices. Won Daubert motion on the eve of trial which excluded most of plaintiff’s damages; case subsequently was dismissed. Uniloc USA, Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Am., Inc., No. 2:17-cv-00651-JRG, 2019 WL 2267212 (E.D. Tex. Apr. 17, 2019).
  • Uniloc USA, Inc., et al. v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas): Represented Samsung in patent litigation involving wireless communications technologies.
  • Uniloc 2017, LLC v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas): Represented Samsung in patent litigation involving video processing technology.
  • Uniloc 2017, LLC v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas): Represented Samsung in patent litigation involving lock screen security in mobile devices.
y mounting technology on behalf of major computer and electronic home appliance company.
  • TI Beverage Group, Ltd. et al. v. eBay Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented eBay in suit involving claims of trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition. Obtained dismissal of action.
  • BB Online UK Limited v. 101domain, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California): Represented 101domain in domain name and trademark dispute, which resulted in global transfer of domains and marks to 101domain.
  • Brown-Forman v. Barton, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky): Obtained national product recall on behalf of large alcoholic beverages company in trademark and trade dress infringement case after two week trial. Defeated counterclaim for false advertising under the Lanham Act.
  • Hansen Beverage Company v. National Beverage Corp., et al. (U.S. District Court for Central District of California): Represented large beverage company in trade dress action involving popular energy drinks.
  • Jimmy Buffett v. Cheeseburger in Paradise, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Obtained permanent injunction in trademark infringement and breach of contract action.
  • Aqua Products, Inc. v. Innovation First, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey): Represented Innovation First, Inc. and Innovation First Labs, Inc. in trademark infringement and unfair competition suit.
  • Spin Master Ltd., et al. v. Your Store Online LLC, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented toy manufacturers and distributors in patent, trademark and copyright infringement action against online retailer. Obtained consent permanent injunction and monetary recovery.
  • Spin Master Ltd., et al. v. Ecoman Corp. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented toy manufacturers and distributors in patent and copyright infringement action involving patent mismarking counterclaims. Obtained consent permanent injunction.
  • Spin Master Ltd., et al. v. Raiden Technology, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented toy manufacturers and distributors in copyright and trademark infringement action. Obtained temporary restraining order, consent permanent injunction and monetary recovery.
  • Spin Master Ltd., et al. v. Hobbytron, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented toy manufacturers and distributors in patent, copyright, trademark and false advertising action. Obtained consent permanent injunction and monetary recovery.
  • Spin Master Ltd., et al. v. Rooftop Brands (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented toy manufacturers and distributors in patent and copyright infringement action. Obtained favorable settlement.
  • Mario Valentino S.p.A. v. MDG International, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented clothing and accessories designer/retailer in trademark enforcement action. Obtained consent permanent injunction and monetary recovery.
  • Lomax v. Apple, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): represented Apple in copyright dispute.
  • Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California): Represented Google in software copyright infringement suit.
  • UMG Recordings Inc. v. Crackle Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented user-generated content website in copyright infringement suit. 
  • Grecco v. Movie Market (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Litigated copyright infringement case on behalf of well-known celebrity photographer.
  • Tech-4-Kids v. Sports Dimension (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California): Represented Tech-4-Kids in trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract action.
  • CatchPlay Inc. v. Studio Solutions Group, Inc., et al. (Central District of California): Represented Taiwan motion picture distributor in contract and fraud action involving a library of over 1000 works; obtained preliminary and permanent injunction.
  • Emperor v. NBC Universal (California State Court): Defeated request for injunction in contract and interference action involving The Mummy 3.
  • Yu v. Asia-Pacific California, Inc. (California State Court and Court of Appeal): Won Anti-SLAPP motion and obtained dismissal of defamation action and attorneys' fees. Argued and won appeal before California Court of Appeal.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, "IP Stars: Los Angeles Patent Stars and Trademark Stars," 2014-2020
    • Listed, "IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP," 2013-2014
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2006-2009, 2011-2012
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, California State Bar, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member, Century City Bar Association 
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Board Member, Barristers, Los Angeles, Board of Directors, 2005-2006
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Los Angeles

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, 1998
  • B.A., Psychology, Legal Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1994
Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • 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 Eastern District of Texas
Languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)