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Rachel E. Burnim

Staff Lawyer
Fax +1.415.882.8220

Rachel Burnim is an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. She focuses on patent litigation and has a degree in engineering and applied science from Caltech.

Ms. Burnim’s litigation experience includes representing semiconductor manufacturers, smartphone and internet backbone hardware companies, computer design and manufacturing companies, computer software companies and other technology companies in various actions in federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.  Ms. Burnim has experience with all stages of patent litigation, including fact discovery, expert discovery, motions practice, trial, and appeal.  She regularly works with expert and fact witnesses to develop case themes and strategies, and has experience taking and defending expert and fact witness depositions, arguing at Markman hearings, arguing trial motions and in trying a patent case to a jury and administrative law judge.

She was also a judicial extern for Judge Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Burnim also has extensive pro bono experience.  She successfully won asylum for a client in a case that was opposed by the Department of Homeland Security.  As part of the Hastings Appellate Project in law school, she argued a pro bono case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professional Background

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Burnim applied her background in engineering and applied science at Caltech, Stanford, NASA, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Her materials science research interests included high temperature ceramics and metallic glasses.


  • Recognized as (California) Super Lawyers: Rising Star 2018
ITC Litigation
  • In the matter of Certain Amorphous Metal and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1078 (USITC) - Counsel for Qingdao Yunlu Energy Technology Co., Ltd.; Complainants withdrew complaint at conclusion of fact discovery without settlement.
  • In the matter of Certain Document Cameras and Software for Use Therewith, Inv. No. 337-TA-1045 (USITC) - Represented IPEVO; Complainant withdrew complaint before trial without settlement.
  • In the matter of Certain Personal Transporters and Components Thereof. Inv. No. 337-TA-1007/1021 (USITC) - Represented Changzhou Airwheel Technology Co.; trial victory on behalf of Airwheel finding no violation.
  • In the matter of Certain Composite Bulk Intermediate Containers, Inv. No. 337-TA-1014 (USITC) - Represented Zhenjiang Runzhou Jinshan Packaging Factory; Complainant withdrew complaint on eve of expert reports without settlement.
  • In the matter of Certain Set-Top Boxes, Gateways, Bridges and Adapters and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-915 (USITC) - Represented Wistron NeWeb against ViXs in patent litigation involving MoCA related technology.
  • In the matter of Certain Television Sets, Television Receivers, Television Tuners, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-910 (USITC) - Represented Wistron against CrestaTech in patent litigation involving TV Tuners.

Patent Litigation
  • ELM 3DS Innovations, LLC v. SK hynix Inc. et al., 14-cv-1432 (D. Del.) - Counsel for SK hynix in 13 patent case involving stacked memory devices, case pending.
  • Alacritech v. Wistron Corp. et al., 2:16-CV-0693 (E.D. Tex.) - Counsel for Wistron Corp. in patent infringement case involving networking technology, case pending.
  • Infogation Corp. v. ZTE Corp., 3:16-cv-01901 (S.D. Cal.) - Represented ZTE; plaintiff dismissed case with prejudice without settlement.
  • Mobile Synergy Solutions LLC v. Coolpad Group Ltd., (E.D. Tex.) - Represented Coolpad, a smartphone manufacturer, in patent case involving visual voice mail; settlement reached.
  • Uniloc USA, Inc. et al. v. ZTE et al., 2:16-cv-002 (E.D. Tex.) - Represented ZTE in patent infringement action involving text/voice instant messaging; case stayed pending inter partes review.
  • Personalized Media Communications, LLC v. Wistron Corp. et al., 2:15-cv-01366 (E.D. Tex.) - Represented Wistron in patent infringement litigation involving television tuners; settlement reached.
  • Rockstar Consortium US LP et al. v. Asustek Computer Inc. et al., Case No. 2:13-cv-894 (E.D. Tex.) — Represented Asus in patent litigation involving various technologies associated with Android Operating System Platform.