Lucky Vidmar

Lucky Vidmar

Partner, Denver, San Francisco

Email lucky.vidmar@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 303 899 7328 (Denver) +1 415 374 2319 (San Francisco)

Fax +1 303 899 7333 (Denver) +1 415 374 2499 (San Francisco)

LanguagesItalian, French, Croatian, Slovenian

Practice groupIntellectual Property

Lucky Vidmar is a high-tech litigation ace with nearly 10 years of real world experience as a software engineer.

Among other things, Lucky has done graduate level research in neural networks and other aspects of artificial intelligence, has helped identify and prevent cybersecurity breaches, and has worked on complex software and hardware packages to improve the nation's response to earthquake, tsunami, and volcano disasters. To Lucky, terms like "Big Data," "Cybersecurity," or "Open Source Software," are not mere buzzwords; they describe the work he has done, even before these terms became widely known.

Lucky's technical experience is matched by his mastery of litigation techniques, both in U.S. courts and before the Patent Office. This combination allows Lucky to effectively and efficiently assist his clients in navigating a broad range of disputes involving computer software, hardware, and Internet technologies. Whether a client faces a dispute over trade secrets in software, patent rights in noise-cancelling headphone circuitry, trademarks in the healthcare industry, the interplay of open source licenses and patents, or a knotty cybersecurity issue, Lucky's background makes him uniquely positioned to help.

Lucky has recently scored two Federal Appeals Court victories for his pro bono clients — one a veteran who was denied benefits, and the other a Senegalese asylum seeker who was brutally tortured before escaping to the U.S. Lucky is also active in his community. He serves on the board of directors of the Nanda Center for International Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He was a founding member of the Bench and Bar Society of the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross, and he has served on the Colorado Bar Association board of governors.

In 2011, Lucky was appointed by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia as the Honorary Consul of Slovenia in Colorado. He maintains an active practice in Colorado and California.

"The 'stuff' of this case is extremely complex. [Client's] legal team is led by Lucky Vidmar, a software expert and lawyer in one. As such, [client's] counsel can efficiently sort through technical documents and source code... [Opposing Side] has no such advantage and must await the opportunity to review documents with its experts."

Opposing Counsel

Awards and recognitions

2009-2013

Rising Stars
Colorado Super Lawyers

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives, 2003

M.S. Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1997

B.S. Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1994

Memberships

Founding Member, Bench and Bar Society, Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross

Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association

Member, Board of Directors, Nanda Center for International Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Member, Board of Governors, Colorado Bar Association (2012-2014)

Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association

Past Co-Chair, International Section, Colorado Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

Colorado

California

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court admissions

California State

Colorado State

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. District Court, District of Utah

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Representative experience

Worked on ITC investigation involving digital signal processing used in active noise cancelling headphones.

Represented a major U.S. health insurance company in high-stakes trademark litigation.

Defended medical billing software companies in patent suits, including arguing a portion of the Markman hearing.

Defense of a patent infringement suit involving RC4 and SSL/TLS encryption standards and methods for high-volume marketing communications.

Multijurisdictional patent dispute involving hierarchical role management software. Succeeded in transferring cases to the company's home district.

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