Brett Schuman

Brett M. Schuman

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PartnerCo-Chair, IP Litigation
Brett M. Schuman
San Francisco
+1 415 733 6021

Brett Schuman is the co-chair of Goodwin’s IP Litigation Business unit. He is the former chair of the firm’s San Francisco office and the former head of the Litigation department for Goodwin's California offices. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a partner in the firm’s IP Litigation group, focusing his practice on patent and other IP litigation in federal and state courts around the country.

Brett’s patent litigation practice comprises patent cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants across various industries. He serves as lead partner and lead trial counsel in patent infringement litigation matters involving mobile phone technology, broadband communications technology, semiconductor fabrication and circuitry, wearables, and pharmaceuticals. He also has handled approximately 30 IPR and CBM proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Brett is an approved panel counsel for RPX, the leading provider of patent risk solutions and insurance services.

Brett’s practice also comprises copyright and trade secret litigation, including trade secret litigation relating to employee mobility and trade secret litigation between competitors. For example, Brett was co-lead counsel for Otto Trucking, LLC in the Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies, et al., where Goodwin achieved a summary judgment victory for our Otto Trucking in late 2017. Brett also served as co-lead counsel during the related Google v. Anthony Levandowski et al. arbitration proceedings.

Brett also co-chairs the firm’s Cannabis practice where he advises US and international businesses in, or looking to get in, the cannabis industry. His clients range from Fortune 50 companies to emerging companies. He advises cannabis industry clients regarding the federal and state regulatory regimes relating to cannabis, IP issues, products liability, and other issues. He also represents cannabis industry clients in litigation, including leading brands such as PAX Labs and Kiva Brands, Inc.



  • Otto Trucking, LLC, as co-lead counsel along with Goodwin’s Neel Chatterjee, in defense of patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and other state law claims. Achieved summary judgment victory for Otto Trucking
  • Applied Materials, as lead counsel, in patent infringement and related inventorship litigation regarding semiconductor process patent claims asserted against company and its customers. He also participated in related IPR proceedings. Successfully resolved
  • Innovium, Inc., as lead counsel, in case where Broadcom asserted employee mobility related claims, including trade secret misappropriation, against founders. Successfully resolved
  • ARRIS, as lead counsel, in IPR proceedings directed to validity of several Sony Corporation patents asserted against ARRIS subsidiary in co-pending district court patent infringement litigation. Obtained final written decisions invalidating all challenged claims in two Sony patents
  • Cisco Systems, as first-chair trial counsel, in defense of a patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and fraud case in the District of Delaware. Following a two-week jury trial and post-trial motions on claims seeking in excess of $500 million in damages, the judgment awarded the plaintiff was just $33,000 in damages*
  • Atmel Corporation, as lead counsel, in several cases asserting patent infringement pending in the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Central and Northern Districts of California*
  • Northern District of California, District of Nevada, and at the PTAB, including on the case Unwired Planet LLC v. Google, Inc., which resulted in a precedent-setting Federal Circuit opinion regarding the scope of Covered Business Method (CBM) review
  • ActiveVideo Networks, as a member of the team that obtained a $130 million judgment in favor of ActiveVideo against Verizon, and obtained affirmance of judgment on appeal, in a patent infringement case tried in the Eastern District of Virginia*
  • An accused infringer, as lead appellate counsel, in an appeal to the Federal Circuit; obtained affirmation of a judgment of noninfringement in a patent case involving a method for selecting the color of artificial teeth*
  • An international pharmaceutical company, as appellate counsel, in an appeal to the Federal Circuit; obtained affirmance of a judgment of patent infringement*


  • Kiva Brands, as lead counsel, in several cases, including a trademark infringement case and a consumer class action
  • PAX Labs, as lead counsel, in numerous consumer class actions and individual cases in federal and state courts around the country
  • Intrexon, as lead IP licensing counsel, on license agreements relating to Intrexon’s non-clonal plant propagation technology
  • Additionally, Brett provides strategic and regulatory advice to Fortune 100 companies, non-US companies, and others regarding US federal and state cannabis laws and regulations. Brett also supports deal teams doing cannabis industry deals

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2014, Brett was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in San Francisco, where he led that firm’s litigation practice in its San Francisco and Palo Alto offices and was deputy leader of its IP practice. Before beginning his private practice, Brett served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan B. Handler of the Supreme Court of the state of New Jersey.




Harvard Law School

(cum laude)


University of Michigan

(Phi Beta Kappa)



  • California


  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court of Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Recognition & Awards

  • Brett was named a Top Intellectual Property Lawyer for 2021 and 2022 by the Daily Journal
  • Brett was named a Leading Lawyer (Cannabis) and Recommended Lawyer (Trade Secrets) for 2021 and 2022 by the Legal 500
  • Brett was selected as a 2020 Cannabis Law Trailblazer by The National Law Journal
  • Brett has been recognized by IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals as a leading patent litigator, touted as a lawyer who “immerses himself in the technology to provide incisive guidance in crucial disputes”