Jason Sobel provides intellectual property and litigation counsel to clients in a wide range of industries and technological disciplines, including financial service companies; software and internet companies; and manufacturers of mechanical and electrical devices, food products and ingredients, and consumer products. His practice spans all areas of intellectual property law, including litigation, transactions, prosecution and other strategic matters.
Jason has litigated through trial and appeal in federal and state courts, and before the International Trade Commission. He has represented clients in claims of patent, copyright and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair competition, fraud and other business torts.
Jason also structures, prepares and negotiates intellectual property, technology, service and supply agreements in connection with stand-alone and large corporate transactions. He has extensive experience performing intellectual property and information technology due diligence, and providing related advice in corporate transactions and internal company audits of intellectual property.
Jason counsels clients concerning their intellectual property portfolios, and prepares and prosecutes patent, trademark and copyright applications. Additionally, he has experience developing, drafting and implementing employee intellectual property ownership and information systems policies, and advising clients concerning data privacy, open source software, computer fraud, source code and other issues related to outsourcing, computer software and information technology.
- PODS Enterprises, Inc. v. U-Haul, Inc., M.D. Fla. – Represented PODS in a trademark infringement action relating to portable moving and storage containers. Second chair in a two-week jury trial resulting in a verdict of over $60 million for our client, finding for our client on all counts. Law360 and The National Law Journal ranked the verdict as the largest trademark verdict and in the top 10 IP verdicts in 2014.
- XpertUniverse v. Cisco Systems, Inc., D. Del. – Represented XpertUniverse in a patent infringement and fraud case. Second chair in a two-week jury trial resulting in a verdict of over $70 million for our client, finding the patents were valid and infringed and that Cisco had committed fraud. The court sustained the jury verdict with regard to the patent claims but overturned the fraud claim. The National Law Journal ranked the $70 million jury verdict in the top 5 IP verdicts in 2013.
- Thomas & Betts Corp. v. Richards Manufacturing Co., et al., D.N.J. – Represented Richards Manufacturing in a theft of trade secret and breach of duty of loyalty case relating to rubber injection molding processes for high voltage underground electrical connectors. During five-week jury trial, presented direct testimony and cross-examined witnesses, first chaired jury charging conference concerning issues of first impression. Case settled.
- Altvater Gessler – J.A. Baczewski v. Sobieski Destylarnia et al., S.D.N.Y. – Represented Sobieski in trademark infringement and trade secret misappropriation action relating to distilled spirits. Jury decided all matters in our client’s favor.
- Honeywell Int’l, Inc. v. Nikon Corp., FUJIFILM Corporation and FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. et al., D. Del. – Represented Fuji in patent infringement action, obtaining summary judgment of patent invalidity on patent related to liquid crystal displays. Affirmed after appeal.
- L’Oréal S.A. and L’Oréal USA, Inc. v. Merck and Co., Inc., Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp and MSD Consumer Care, Inc., D. Del. – Represented Merck in patent infringement action relating to sunscreen technology. Case settled at the outset of trial.
- Thomas Publishing Company LLC v. Technology Evaluations Centers Inc., S.D.N.Y. – Represented Technology Evaluations Centers Inc. in copyright infringement action concerning competitor’s database. Case settled before trial.
- Neurografix et al. v. Cornell University; New York Presbyterian Healthcare Systems, Inc. and Weill Cornell Imaging at New York Presbyterian, S.D.N.Y. – Represented Defendants in patent infringement action relating to MRI technology. Obtained full dismissal prior to first multi-district litigation deadline.
- Represented Fuji Photo Film Co. campaign to enforce group of pioneering patents for single-use cameras in federal trial and administrative courts and through U.S. Customs. Client obtained ITC general exclusion order, followed by several administrative decisions and verdicts in its favor.
- Digital Angel Corp. v. Datamars SA, et al., D. Minn. – Represented Digital Angel in a patent infringement action on a patent relating to passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for companion animal tracking. Case settled before trial.
- Represented FUJIFILM Medical Systems in its acquisition of Empiric System LLC, providers of medical imaging and information systems.
- Represented Nomura Holding America, Inc. and Nomura Securities International Inc. in connection with negotiation of agreements providing access to trading platforms and other services.
Honors & Awards
- The Legal 500 United States
- New York City Bar Association Inaugural Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
- Super Lawyers, Rising Star
Speeches & Events
- Presenter, “IP Protection for Financial Indices,” August, 2007
- Presenter, “Intellectual Property for the Micro-Entrepreneur,” Biannual for the Legal Aid Society and New York City Bar Association
- “Notice Requirements Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (‘DTSA’),” Stroock Special Bulletin, June 13, 2016
- Co-author, “Second Circuit: You Make It, They Can Break It: The Fly on the Wall Eludes the Ghost of INS v. AP,” Stroock Special Bulletin, June 23, 2011
- “Protecting the Confidentiality and Value of Sensitive Data and Intellectual Property,” Chapter 1, Best Practices for Data Protection and Privacy, Aspatore, 2009
- “In re Bilski: Federal Circuit Addresses Standard for Patentability of Business Methods,” Stroock Special Bulletin, November 2008
- “Enforcement Issues Raised By Geographically Descriptive Marks: The Hypothetical Case of the Fictitious Emerald Island,” The Intellectual Property Strategist, June 2008
- “Gone in a Flash: What Your Employees May Be Storing on That iPod and Its Relationship to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,” Privacy & Data Security Law Journal, May 2008
- “KSR International Co. v. Teleflex, Inc.: Throttling Back a Rigid Approach to Obviousness,” Stroock Special Bulletin, May 9, 2007
Admitted To Practice
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 2003
B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania, 2000
In The Spotlight
NewsBack To Full Bio
June 7, 2019
Stroock Receives Honors in 16 Practices from The Legal 500 United States 2019: 41 Stroock Lawyers Recognized
January 2, 2018 | IP Pro
Jeffrey Keitelman quoted, and Jason Sobel mentioned, in "Stroock promotes IP partner"
January 2, 2018 | New York Law Journal
Trevor Adler, André Nance, Jason Sobel, E. Gail Suchman, Nicole De Bare, David Kahne and Daniel Park mentioned in "On the Move"
December 20, 2017 | Bloomberg Big Law Business
Jason Sobel mentioned in "Personnel Changes at IP Law Firms, Organizations"
December 20, 2017 | Bloomberg Big Law Business
Trevor Adler, Jake Loftus, André Nance, Arjun Rao, Jason Sobel, E. Gail Suchman, Nicole De Bare, Christine Ellice, Hans Hertell, David Kahne and Daniel Park mentioned in "Wrap-Up: Holidays Bring Law Firm Promotions, Hires"
December 20, 2017 | Property Funds World
Jeff Keitelman quoted and Trevor Adler, Jake Loftus, André Nance, Arjun Rao, Jason Sobel, E. Gail Suchman, Nicole De Bare, Christine Ellice, Hans Hertell, David Kahne and Daniel Park mentioned in "Stroock appoints 11 new partners and special counsel"
December 18, 2017
Stroock Elevates 11 New Partners and Special Counsel
October, 13, 2016
Stroock Secures One of the Largest Trademark Verdicts On Record
December 18, 2015 | Law360
Stroock Mentioned in "U-Haul Asks 11th Circ. To Overturn $66M 'Pods' TM Verdict"
March 30, 2015
Stroock Secures "Top 100 Verdict" with $60.7 Million Win for PODS
March 26, 2015 | Law360
Stroock Intellectual Property Attorneys mentioned in "PODS Wants $6.5M In Fees After TM Win Against U-Haul"
March 11, 2015 | Law360
Stroock Intellectual Property Attorneys mentioned in "U-Haul Loses New Trial Bid After $60M Trademark Verdict"
March 27, 2013
Stroock Client XpertUniverse Inc. Lands $70 Million Jury Verdict in Fraud and Patent Infringement Case Against Tech Giant Cisco Systems Inc.
November 10, 2009
City Bar Justice Center Honors Jason Sobel With Jeremy G. Epstein Award for Pro Bono Service
September 28, 2006
Stroock Represents Arrowpoint Capital Corp. in Management Buyout of Royal & Sun Alliance USA
PublicationsBack To Full Bio
June 13, 2016 | Stroock Special Bulletin
"Notice Requirements Under the Defend Trade Secrets Act ('DTSA')"
June 23, 2011
"Second Circuit: You Make It, They Can Break It: The Fly on the Wall Eludes the Ghost of INS v. AP"
November 5, 2008
“In re Bilski: Federal Circuit Addresses Standard for Patentability of Business Methods”
“Enforcement Issues Raised By Geographically Descriptive Marks: The Hypothetical Case of the Fictitious Emerild Island”
May 22, 2008
“Gone in a Flash: What Your Employees May Be Storing on that iPod and Its Relationship to the Computer Fraud And Abuse Act”
May 9, 2007
“KSR International Co. v. Teleflex, Inc.: Throttling Back a Rigid Approach to Obviousness”