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Turner Boyd is built on one simple proposition: provide the expertise and quality of a large firm with the personalized service and value of a small firm.

Our partners have successfully litigated critical intellectual property cases in large law firms, both for and against Fortune 100 companies. We founded Turner Boyd in 2008 to offer that same quality of legal services to both established and emerging companies.

We litigate with focus, efficiency, and creativity.  There are other ways to practice law, but we believe that our approach better serves our clients and is more satisfying to us as lawyers.  We like it that way.  You will, too.



New at Turner Boyd

It Doesn’t Get Much “Cooler” Than This: Turner Boyd Wins Summary Judgment for Cooler Master and LSI

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Four months before trial, Cooler Master and LSI hired Turner Boyd to defend a lawsuit brought by Malico in the Northern District of California.  The plaintiff claimed that Cooler Master and LSI infringed its patent for a particular kind of heat sink – “a passive heat exchanger component that cools an electronic device by dissipating heat generated by the device into the surrounding air.”

The Turner Boyd team quickly got up to speed on the patents, infringement issues, prior art, and damages theories.  Then we brought two motions for summary judgment: one asserting that the patent was invalid, and the other to dramatically limit damages in light of plaintiff’s failure to mark its patent on its products.

This week, Judge Seeborg granted summary judgment that the asserted patent was obvious over the prior art, and limited potential damages to a fraction of what plaintiff sought.  As the cherry on top, not only did he deny plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment of infringement, but he precluded plaintiff from using the evidence on which that motion – and its entire infringement case – relied.

To read the full opinion, click here.


Welcome Matt Smith!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

We are excited to announce an addition to our rapidly growing little firm. Our new partner Matt Smith is a patent litigator who specializes in complex USPTO procedures. Patent challenge proceedings at the USPTO are increasingly important and can be very efficient if handled correctly. Matt knows his stuff. He’s written treatises on Inter Partes Reexam and the new Inter Partes Review, he’s taught law school classes internationally, and of course he’s been representing clients for years both in court and before the USPTO. Oh, and he knows all sorts of languages in addition to English and Patent-ese. Just check out his firm bio (prepare to be impressed).

When we started Turner Boyd just a few years ago we had only one ambition: to provide the highest quality patent litigation and conflict resolution work while taking a rational approach to billing and day-to-day practice. We had a hunch that this would lead to good relations with our clients, and good outcomes. Turns out we were right. We are now 10 lawyers and growing. Our vision and approach has been embraced by clients and lawyers alike, and we are humbled.

With Matt on board we can now offer our clients the ability to conduct patent litigation in the federal courts as well as with proceedings before the USPTO in Washington. Give us a call and we’ll explain more.

- Turner Boyd


Turner Boyd Attorneys Featured on 2013 Super Lawyers List Once Again!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

For the third year in a row, Turner Boyd’s partners — Julie Turner, Karen Boyd, and Josh Masur – were each selected to the 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

This year, the partners were also joined by Turner Boyd associates Zhuanjia Gu, Heather Potts, and James Beard, who were each selected to the 2013 Northern California Rising Star list. Attorneys selected to the Rising Stars list must be 40 or under, or have been practicing for fewer than ten years. As with the Super Lawyers, nominees to the Rising Stars list are selected by peers and researched. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.


Turner Boyd welcomes Robert Kent

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Turner Boyd is pleased to announce that Robert J. Kent has joined the firm as an associate in our Intellectual Property litigation practice. He joins the firm from Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley office.

“Robert has great depth of experience in many aspects of computer software and hardware, from databases and web programming to hard drive manufacturing methods. We are looking forward to Robert’s technical curiosity and business sense gained from his years in industry,” said co-founding Partner Karen Boyd.

Robert earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he worked on the Journal of Law and Technology. He received his B.A. with a dual major in Computer Science and English from Kalamazoo College. He is a member of the California Bar and is admitted to practice in the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the District of Colorado.


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