Kevin Menes

Senior Counsel

menes@youngbasile.com / vCard

228 Hamilton Ave., Suite 300
Palo Alto, CA 94301

P: 650-798-5165
F: 248-649-3338

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
  • California State University, Chico, B.A. Political Science, 2006

Mr. Menes joins Young Basile’s litigation practice with extensive experience handling patent infringement matters in federal courts and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations involving a wide range of technologies including thin film transistor liquid crystal displays, mobile operating systems, computer-aided design, and connected home devices.

Prior to joining Young Basile, Mr. Menes practiced at White & Case LLP, a leading international law firm. Mr. Menes was an integral member of multiple trial teams at White & Case, with experience in all aspects of patent litigation.  His ability to work with engineers and leading experts to quickly internalize and convert technical information into digestible, convincing arguments for judges resulted in numerous successful outcomes for clients like Google, Nest, and Autodesk.  He has draftedand filed all forms of pleadings, motions, and briefs in ITC investigations, federal district court trials, and Federal Circuit appeals.  He has also taken and defended the depositions of fact, expert, and 30(b)(6) witnesses, including founders and executives.

Mr. Menes’ technical experience includes leading the defense of numerous asserted patents involving a wide range of technologies including thin film transistor liquid crystal displays, mobile operating systems, computer-aided design, and connected home devices.  In an ITC investigation involving TFT-LCD display technology, he successfully lead the defense on two patents relating to silicon etching processes used in the manufacturing of TFT arrays.  Representing Google in multiple ITC investigations, Mr. Menes worked closely with technical experts and client representatives to develop successful defenses relating to video codec technologies and other aspects of Google’s Android platform.  He has also inspected and analyzed source code on behalf of Nest relating to demand response energy savings programs, proximity and other sensor technologies, and algorithmic temperature control and thermal modeling.

 

Representative Matters

  • Represented Google subsidiary Nest Labs, Inc. in a patent infringement action involving smart thermostat technology in the Eastern District of Texas (Allure Energy, Inc. v. Nest Labs, Inc.).
  • Represented Nest Labs, Inc. in a patent infringement action filed in the Northern District of Illinois by BRK Brands.  BRK alleged that Nest infringed six patents through its offering of the Nest Protect combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector (BRK Brands, Inc. v. Nest Labs, Inc.).
  • Represented Google as Intervenor in Section 337 Investigation based on a complaint filed by Nokia against HTC.  Four of five patents on which Google intervened were terminated and a determination of non-infringement issued as to the fifth patent (In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones and Tablet Computers, and Components Thereof).
  • Obtained findings of non-infringement or invalidity as to all five asserted patents on behalf of Respondents Chimei InnoLux, InnoLux, and Chi Mei Optoelectronics USA (“CMI”) in Section 337 Investigation involving LCD products, confirmed by Commission (In the Matter of Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices, Including Monitors, Televisions, and Modules, and Components Thereof).
  • Represented intervenor CMI opposite Thomson’s appeal of the ITC’s findings for two of five patents asserted in In the Matter of Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices, Including Monitors, Televisions, and Modules, and Components Thereof. The Federal Circuit upheld the Commission’s Final Determination providing a complete victory for our clients (Thomson Licensing SAS, and Thomson Licensing, LLC v. ITC.).
  • Represented Taiwanese semiconductor firm MediaTek in patent infringement action related to power management (Semcon IP Inc. v. MediaTek Inc. et al.).