Brett M. Sandford

Brett Sandford is an associate in the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Sandford’s practice focuses on patent litigation and other areas of intellectual property litigation, for clients in the computer security, networking, electronics, software, memory and semiconductor industries.  He has worked on complex intellectual property matters for clients such as Symantec and NVIDIA.

Mr. Sandford has significant experience in high-stakes patent litigation, including working as a member of the trial teams in Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Symantec Corporation, C.A. No. 10-1067-LPS (D. Del.) and In the Matter of Certain Graphics Processing Chips, Systems on a Chip, and Products Containing the Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-941.  Mr. Sandford also has experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including working on inter partes review of patents directed to memory and semiconductor fabrication. 

Mr. Sandford received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition and an Executive Editor of the Berkeley Business Law Journal.  He also received the Prosser Award given for the top trial advocate.

Before law school, Mr. Sandford earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Sandford was a judicial extern for Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Corley of the Northern District of California. Mr. Sandford also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Thomas P. Anderle and the Honorable Judge Brian E. Hill in the Santa Barbara Superior Court. He is admitted to practice before the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Recent Publications
  • Contributor to Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, 3rd Ed., Menell, Pasahow, Pooley, Powers, Carlson & Homrig (Federal Judicial Center), the FJC’s “how-to” guide for federal judges on patent litigation which is distributed to all federal judges nationwide, forthcoming 2015