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John  D. van Loben Sels


Intellectual Property
Trade Secret Preservation and Protection
Trademark and Copyright Registration
Technology Licensing and Internet Law
Business and Commercial Litigation
Employment Litigation
Intellectual Property and Complex Litigation
Real Estate and Construction Litigation


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1995
  • Stanford University, B.A, B.S., 1997


  • California
  • Texas
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Third, Fourth, Ninth and Federal Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California

John D. van Loben Sels

Of Counsel
Tel: (650) 327-4200
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John D. van Loben Sels specializes in IP litigation and is responsible for prosecuting and defending patent infringement, trade secret, copyright and other IP litigation and complex commercial litigation matters in courts across the United States.  

John has worked on numerous patent infringement cases that have been tried in both the federal courts and in the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. His extensive litigation experience enables his practice to display more efficiency and greater effectiveness than typical practices. These attributes have earned him a reputation for providing clients with favorable results and cost-effective solutions.

John began his legal career in Dallas, Texas, working for the complex litigation law firm Bickel & Brewer. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998 and changed his practice focus to reflect the IP-driven economy of Silicon Valley. John’s litigation background has provided him with the experience and knowledge needed to navigate the many different aspects of IP law. He also is a frequent speaker on a variety of patent litigation topics in Taiwan and China.

John received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated cum laude and served as the editor of Georgetown Law Journal. He received two bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University in Political Science and Civil Engineering, before serving in the United States Air Force for four years. During his years of service, John managed heavy construction projects throughout the Far East, receiving two Air Force commendation medals and earning the rank of captain, before leaving to pursue his law degree. John also served as a legislative assistant to Missouri Congressman, Ike Skelton.

John is an avid sports fan, and a Stanford football season ticket holder. He and his wife spend their free time supporting their children’s athletic endeavors, traveling to practices and sporting events locally and in several European competitions.