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James J. Elacqua is the head of Skadden’s Patent Litigation Group, whose litigation successes on behalf of numerous technology companies helped earn the firm a 2015 “Technology Practice Group of the Year” from Law360. He has more than three decades of experience representing technology and life sciences companies in technically complex patent litigation cases, including jury and bench trials before the federal district courts, state courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission.
Mr. Elacqua has represented technology clients such as Google Inc., BlackBerry Ltd., Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation in cases involving a broad range of legal issues and technologies. He also has represented life sciences companies such as Medtronic, Inc.; Biogen IDEC, Inc.; Illumina, Inc.; American Medical Systems; and Molecular Biosystems, Inc. Notably, Mr. Elacqua obtained a $57 million-plus jury verdict on behalf of medical device maker Medtronic Inc. — one of the year’s largest plaintiff verdicts in California — and also achieved a complete defense verdict for Medtronic in June 2012 in a patent infringement case relating to stent medical devices.
Mr. Elacqua has been involved in numerous matters in worldwide litigations in countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and Taiwan involving semiconductor circuit and process technology.
For many years, Mr. Elacqua has been widely recognized as a national leader in the field of intellectual property law. He is a member of the fellows of the American Bar Association, an honorary organization for attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
Mr. Elacqua consistently has been named a leading lawyer in Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Legal. He was named among the San Francisco Business Times’ "Best Lawyers in the Bay Area" and has been recognized as one of California’s "Top IP Litigators" by the Daily Journal and as an "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
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J.D., Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, 1976
B.S.E.E., Clarkson University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1972
Member, Fellows of the American Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley