Brian Dunne is a trial lawyer specializing in intellectual property litigation and portfolio monetization. Prior to joining Pierce Bainbridge, Brian was co-founder of Olavi Dunne LLP, a litigation boutique that grew into one of the top patent litigation firms in the nation, appearing on Law360’s Top 5 list of plaintiff-side patent firms for the years 2015 and 2016.
Brian has a particular expertise in maximizing the value of multi-patent portfolios by developing and executing nationwide litigation and licensing strategies, and has recouped tens of millions of dollars for patent clients in litigation and licensing.
Brian is known for his ability to distill complicated, cutting-edge technology and legal issues into understandable, clear arguments—a necessity to ensure that complex IP is properly valued by judges, juries, and skeptical in-house counsel. Brian has a physics degree from Stanford University, graduated in the top 5% of his class at University of Chicago Law School (where he served on the Law Review), and clerked for two appellate judges—one in New York, one on the Ninth Circuit.
Brian is also an accomplished legal writer and oral advocate, and is able to clearly and effectively articulate arguments in nearly any area of the law—and in any tribunal. While at the University of Chicago Law School, Brian won the Joseph Henry Beale Prize for excellence in legal writing; was awarded a John M. Olin Fellowship in Law, Economics, and Policy; and wrote published articles on federal litigation and copyright modernization. Over the course of his career, Brian has briefed and/or argued cases in California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Washington, Indiana, Delaware, the International Trade Commission, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits.
Intellectual Property Litigation and Licensing
Represented St. Luke Technologies, the owner of groundbreaking computer security and secure cloud computing patents, in a highly-successful litigation campaign in the Eastern District of Texas.
Represented a secure computing and digital rights management company in licensing and litigation of its extensive, pioneering patent portfolio.
Represented Dunti Networking Technologies, the inventor of novel ring and multi-layer networking techniques, in litigation and licensing in the Eastern District of Texas.
Represented Virtual Gaming Technologies in litigation and licensing of a real-time, multiplayer gaming patent portfolio.
Represented a pioneer of real-time location technology in patent and trademark litigation in California, Texas, and Florida.
Represented a class of SoulCycle customers challenging the company’s illegal practice of selling fast-expiring vouchers; case settled for over $9 million.
Represented a class of LinkedIn customers challenging the site’s “add connections” feature; case settled for over $13 million.
Represented a prolific inventor and former Chief Technology Officer in a trade secrets and patent ownership dispute with the inventor’s former employer.
St. Luke Technologies
Intertrust Technologies Corporation
Dunti Networking Technologies
Virtual Gaming Technologies
Fellowship Filtering Technologies
Freight Tracking Technologies
J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.S., Stanford University
Olavi Dunne LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Hon. Jay S. Bybee, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Hon. Susan P. Read, New York State Court of Appeals
State Bar of California
State Bar of New York
Served on Law360’s “Voice of the Bar – IP Experts” panel, opining on important developments in intellectual property law