Kevin G. McBride is a member of the firm’s intellectual property practice primarily focusing on patent and intellectual property litigation. He represents leading technology and consumer electronics companies, software developers, semiconductor manufacturers, television broadcasters, media and entertainment companies, cellular phone manufacturers and automobile manufacturers.
Practice & Background
Mr. McBride’s experience spans a wide range of technologies including software, semiconductors, smart cards, encryption, satellite controls and digital signal processing. He has appeared in actions brought in state and federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
In addition to his intellectual property practice, Mr. McBride has lectured on intellectual property issues at the Anderson School of Business of the University of California, Los Angeles. He also has presented workshops on intellectual property as part of the CalTech-MIT Enterprise Forum.
Mr. McBride is admitted to practice in the state courts of California and Illinois and before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the courts of appeals for the 7th and Federal circuits, and other federal district courts.
Mr. McBride earned his J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University, where he was also on the staff of the Northwestern University Law Review. He received his M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis, and his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of both the Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.
He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. McBride’s recent engagements include:
- defense of a digital television service provider in multiple patent infringement actions and appeals involving various aspects of direct broadcast satellite television technology, including uplink signal processing and a wide range of set top box functionalities
- defense of a manufacturer of diagnostic testing systems and supplies in a patent infringement action related to computerized sales systems
- representation of a consumer electronics company in multiple patent infringement actions over various technologies incorporated in digital televisions including audio and video processing, demodulation techniques and user interfaces
- defense of a satellite manufacturer in an action over the conception of, and technology for, a satellite rescue by means of a lunar fly-by
- defense of an aerospace manufacturer in connection with a charge of patent infringement involving satellite attitude and position control technology for communications satellites
- defense of multiple defendant groups in the then-largest multidistrict patent litigation, the cases involved technology relating to interactive voice response systems
- defense of an automotive company in a patent infringement case involving patents directed to electronic parts catalogs and software for preparation of customized product literature
- defense of an automotive company in an action for patent infringement, unfair competition and other state law claims concerning an apparatus used on automobile lifts
- representation of a medical device company in several patent infringement actions concerning automatic electronic defibrillator technology
- representation of a wireless telephone company and a semiconductor manufacturer in a patent infringement lawsuit involving 11 semiconductor product, packaging and process patents covering microchip fabrication and circuitry technology
- representation of a specialty chemical manufacturer in asserting trade secret theft allegations against a former employee and a competitor involving liquid petroleum dye technology
- representation of a heavy machinery manufacturer by obtaining an order for U.S. marshals to seize defendant’s bulldozers bearing counterfeit trademarks, and obtaining a consent permanent injunction against defendant
- representation of a food manufacturer in several trademark and trade dress matters
- defense of a novelty company regarding charges of trade dress and copyright infringement
- defense of three digital broadcasting companies in an ITC investigation seeking exclusion of certain products from importation into the United States
- defense of an aerospace manufacturer against a claim of antitrust violations regarding patent procurement and joint venture.
Awards & Accolades
Mr. McBride has received a number of awards and accolades, including:
- recognition by Best Lawyers in America for Patent Litigation in 2013 and 2014
- recognition by Super Lawyers Business Edition for IP Litigation in 2013
- being named one of the “Angelenos to Know in Intellectual Property Law” by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in L.A. Law” 2012
- being named one of the “75 Leading IP Litigators” in California by the Daily Journal in 2011
- recipient of the University of Notre Dame Award of the Year by the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles in 2005
- consistent acknowledgement in Southern California Super Lawyers.
- “Avoid the Warning Track . . . Guiding Your Company in Crisis Management and Protecting its IP Assets,” ACCA-SoCal DoubleHeader, Los Angeles, CA, September 25, 2007
- “The Trouble With Trolls,” Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, Spring Seminar Laguna Niguel, California, June 9, 2007
- “An IP Due Diligence Checklist,” Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting, 1999
- “Controlling Costs in IP Litigation,” Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting, 1998
- “Customs Detention of Copyrighted Goods/Is Detention Valid?” ABA Annual Meeting, 1992.