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George M. Newcombe
Retired Partner
2475 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, California 94304
Phone:  (650) 251-5050
Fax:  (650) 251-5002
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George M. Newcombe was a Senior Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department and formerly was Head of the Palo Alto office.  Mr. Newcombe’s practice is focused on servicing the litigation needs of companies in Silicon Valley, including patent and other intellectual property litigation, commercial arbitration, securities litigation, among other matters.  Representations include Adobe Systems Inc., Apple Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Elpida Memory, Inc., Intel Corporation and SAP AG.

Mr. Newcombe became a partner in 1983.  He received his B.S., magna cum laude, in Chemical Engineering in 1969 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1975, where he was a James Kent Scholar, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a founding editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law.

Mr. Newcombe was recently recognized as a leading Intellectual Property: Patent lawyer in California by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011.

Mr. Newcombe is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council.  He is a Director of the American Ditchley Foundation, a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School and a member of the Board of Overseers of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  He is admitted to practice in California, New York, New Jersey, numerous federal district courts and appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Honors/Associations
•  American Law Institute
•  Association of the Bar of the City of New York
•  American Bar Association, Sections on Litigation, Intellectual Property, Antitrust Law
•  Federal Bar Council
•  American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Associate Member
•  Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Director, 1991-Present
•  Columbia Law School, Board of Visitors
•  New Jersey Insitute of Technology, Board of Overseers, 1998-Present
•  American Ditchley Foundation, Director & Secretary
•  The Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center, Director, 2002-2011
•  Center for International Legal Studies, Senior Lawyer
Publications
The Supreme Court Considers Implied Preemption of Failure-to-Warn Claims Against Generic Drug Manufacturers
The Supreme Court Finds No Conflict Pre-emption Based on Federal Seatbelt Regulation
The Supreme Court Finds Design Defect Claims Preempted under the Vaccine Act
The Supreme Court Considers Conflict Preemption Case Concerning Federal Seatbelt Regulation
The Supreme Court Hears Express Preemption Case Relating to Alleged Vaccine Design Defect
The Heightened Pleading Standard of Twombly Applies to All Federal Civil Claims

"Prospective Relief for a Patent Infringement in a Post-eBay World" in NYU Journal of Law & Business, Spring 2008, Volume 4, Number 2, pp. 549-577.

Supreme Court Finds in a “Lights” Cigarettes Case That Claims for Violation of a State Statutory Duty Not to Deceive Are Not Preempted by the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act
Supreme Court Hears Its Second Significant Preemption Case This Term
The Supreme Court Revisits the Preemption of State Law Consumer Protection Claims
Prospective Relief for Patent Infringement in a Post-eBay World
The Supreme Court Limits Punitive Damages Award In The Exxon Valdez Case To 1:1 Ratio To Compensatory Damages
Supreme Court Bars State Common Law Claims Challenging Medical Devices with FDA Pre-Market Approval
In re Seagate: A New Standard for Willful Patent Infringement
eBay: The Final Word?
The Changing Landscape of Patent Remedies after eBay
KSR v. Teleflex: A New Flexible Regime for Obviousness
Microsoft v. AT&T: Limiting the Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Patent Law

"Claim Construction in the Post-Phillips Landscape: A Review of Post-Phillips Jurisprudence and the Road Ahead" in IP Litigator, November/December 2006, Volume 12, Number 6, pp. 32-38.

The Supreme Court Rejects Automatic Permanent Injunctions in Patent Cases in eBay v. MercExchange
Strategies and Techniques for Dealing with the Strike Suit: Approaches to Ward Off Disaster
Admissions
•  New Jersey 1975
•  New York 1976
•  California 1999
•  U.S. District Court District of New Jersey 1975
•  U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 1976
•  U.S. District Court Northern District of New York 1996
•  U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York 1989
•  U.S. District Court Western District of Texas 1985
•  U.S. District Court Central District of California 1999
•  U.S. District Court Northern District of California 1999
•  U.S. District Court Southern District of California 1999
•  U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit 1975
•  U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit 1986
•  U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit 1992
•  U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit 1998
•  U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit 1995
•  U.S. Supreme Court 1987
Education
•  Columbia Law School, 1975 J.D.
James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, Founding Editor, 1974-1975
•  New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1969 B.S.Ch.E.
magna cum laude; Tau Beta Pi



•  Litigation
•  Intellectual Property
•  IP Litigation
•  Securities/Shareholder Litigation
 
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