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Sarah Minchener Jalali

San Francisco

Sarah Minchener Jalali

An intellectual property litigator, Sarah Minchener Jalali provides legal advice to client organizations of all ages and sizes. Whether they're established Fortune 500 companies that are regularly involved in IP cases, or start-ups who have no previous experience with lawsuits, Sarah can offer sound advice based on her 15 years of comprehensive experience.

She is particularly skilled with patent and technology disputes. She represents patent holders in protecting their IP rights and defends clients against claims of patent infringement, in both competitor versus competitor and non-practicing entity contexts. Sarah understands matters relating to a wide range of technologies, too, including computer software and hardware, semiconductor devices, circuits, Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies, VoIP technologies, networking technologies, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) industry standards, mobile communications, and medical devices.

Sarah's practice includes cases involving trademark and trade secrets, as well as IP due diligence, licensing, and counseling. In addition to handling traditional IP matters, she is known for her thoughtful approach in litigating related complex commercial disputes, including antitrust, contract, and unfair competition claims.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Sarah was a partner at a large firm in Washington, D.C. She also clerked for the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Representative Experience

Defended Allflex USA in a patent case against a competitor involving RFID technology in C.D. Cal., asserting antitrust and unfair competition claims.

Represented circuit design house in breach of contract and trade secrets case in N.D. Cal.

Represented global semiconductor technology developer in patent cases involving memory and CMOS imaging technology in E.D. Tex., N.D. Cal. and D. Del.

Represented Immersion Medical in patent case involving medical simulator devices in E.D. Tex. and N.D. Ohio.

Defended start-up intravenous catheter company in patent, trademark, and unfair competition cases against competitor in D. Del. and C.D. Cal.

Defended Infiniti Media in a design patent case regarding optical media disc cases in C.D. Cal.

Represented global semiconductor technology developer in patent licensing dispute in D. Del.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, The George Washington University Law School, 2002
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, American University, 1999


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • 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

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