Hosie Rice LLP

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Spencer Hosie

Spencer Hosie

Transamerica Pyramid,
34th Floor
600 Montgomery Street
San Francisco,
California 94111
Phone: 415-247-6000
Fax: 415-247-6001

Spencer Hosie is a nationally recognized top-ranked trial lawyer for complex commercial cases.

Mr. Hosie’s practice covers the spectrum of complex commercial cases, with particular focus on intellectual property litigation. Mr. Hosie has been consistently listed as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property and Antitrust Litigation. Mr. Hosie has a Martindale Hubbell peer review rating of “AV Preeminent,” and has been profiled by the National Law Journal as one of the 10 most successful U.S. Trial Lawyers. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Mr. Hosie began his legal career with the San Francisco firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, with an antitrust and securities defense practice. He started his own firm in 1985, ultimately Hosie, Wes, Sacks & Brelsford, which specialized in intellectual property, energy, and complex litigation. In 1993, he was named one of the “Top 25 Attorneys in the State of California Under 45 Years of Age” by The California Lawyer.

Mr. Hosie’s recent record includes these significant cases:

• Implicit Networks v. Microsoft Corporation et al.

Represented a network processing software firm in significant litigation against numerous technology companies. All cases resolved favorably through license or mini-trial.

• BackWeb Technologies Ltd. v. Microsoft Corporation et al.

Patent infringement suit involving methods of distributing data over the internet. Resolved favorably through licensing and settlements.

• Onconome, Inc. v. University of Pittsburgh and Johns Hopkins University

Represented Onconome, a diagnostics company with a focus on financing the discovery of biomarkers for cancer and other diseases. The two lawsuits alleged biotech research fraud. Both suits successfully resolved.

• Cloakworks, Inc. v. Cloakware, Inc. et al.

Represented the inventor of a computer code obfuscation technology, designed to protect software from reverse engineering and tampering. The cases involved various defendants, and all were resolved favorably through patent licenses.

• PrivaSys, Inc. v. MasterCard et al.

Represented an emerging tech company with novel technology in the credit card security area against MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and others. All cases resolved through settlement or mediation, with significant eight figure licenses for our client.

• Burst.com, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation

Represented Burst in a video streaming technology and antitrust matter which resulted in a $60 million settlement on the eve of an evidence spoliation hearing; a follow-on case against Apple resulted in another significant license.

• State of Louisiana v. Chevron USA

Lead counsel and lead trial counsel representing the State of Louisiana in a fraud case. At trial, the firm recovered $111 million, one of the top 15 verdicts of 2004. Mr. Hosie also served as lead trial counsel for the State in a series of severance tax disputes; these cases generated more than $100 million for the State.

• State of Alaska v. Exxon et al.

Lead litigation counsel for the State of Alaska in major contract, antitrust, and related disputes, including a top 10 verdict ($257 million) and a top 15 arbitration award ($82 million) in 2005.


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