Jacob R. Osborn is a counsel in the firm’s Litigation Group and a member of the firm’s Global Trade, Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology, and Privacy & Cybersecurity practices. Mr. Osborn is an expert in computer software and encryption, and his legal practice focuses on advising clients with respect to software and encryption matters. He joined Goodwin in 2008. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Osborn was a software developer for a telecommunications company. Mr. Osborn holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science, and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering.

Mr. Osborn represents scores of clients in the cybersecurity, telecommunications, software, and SaaS industries, including Atlassian, Carbon Black, Core Security, Dropbox, Imperva, Mimecast, Offensive Security, Pwnie Express, Twilio, and Zendesk, to name a few.

Mr. Osborn plays a prominent role in the firm’s Global Trade practice, and has advised hundreds of clients regarding regulatory compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) of the State Department, economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Committee on Foreign Investment and the United States (CFIUS), particularly with respect to electronics, telecommunications, software, and encryption items. In 2018 he was named as an “Up and Coming” lawyer for his International Trade, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions practice by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Mr. Osborn also provides counsel in dozens of matters involving computers, software, encryption, cybersecurity, and data privacy and breach investigations. As an early user of blockchain technologies,  Mr. Osborn is able to bridge the gap between the law and technology, providing clients with valuable legal guidance in areas of technical complexity.  Mr. Osborn has litigated more than a dozen technology cases throughout the country, including domain name disputes, matters involving intellectual property rights (e.g., patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets), and other litigation involving computer-related federal statutes (e.g., Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act).

In 2015, Mr. Osborn successfully second-chaired a trademark case before the Supreme Court of the United States, B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., an important decision on the intersection between agency decisions and IP litigation. He also has successfully first-chaired intellectual property disputes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the  Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).





In the area of patent and other intellectual property litigation, Mr. Osborn has represented clients in a wide range of disputes in jurisdictions throughout the country involving many different technologies. Mr. Osborn's litigation experience includes patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes. Mr. Osborn has also represented clients with respect to other software-related claims involving the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

The technologies at issue in intellectual property litigation matters handled by Mr. Osborn include signal processing of digital television transmissions, active noise-cancelling technologies in digital headphones, MPEG processing, DVR, VOD, IPPV, and conditional access technologies; mobile software applications; workflow management software; GPS mapping technologies; encryption and decryption technologies; child support payment systems; streaming media systems; font software technologies; Flash-based video game technologies; and lockbox processing systems.

Mr. Osborn’s representative cases include:

  • B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. (U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 13-352)
  • J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. et al. v. Intellectual Ventures II LLC (PTAB Case No. CBM2014-00157)
  • In re Certain Noise Cancelling Headphones and Components Thereof (Bose v. Beats) (ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-927)
  • In Re: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., MDL No. 2354 (W.D. Pa.)
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica v. Dickstein Shapiro (D.D.C.)
  • James M. Linick v. United States (Fed. Cir.)
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. v. Eurocopter (D.D.C.)
  • Augme Technologies, Inc. v. Pandora Media, Inc. (N.D. Cal.)
  • Monotype Imaging Inc. v. Deluxe Corporation (D. Mass.)
  • Burns v. AOL, Inc. et al. (D. Mass.)
  • Kixeye, Inc. v. Russ (N.D. Cal.)
  • PMC, LLC v. Motorola, Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex.)
  • Augme Technologies, Inc. v. Tacoda, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.)
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. et al. v. ACS et al. (D. Del.)

Finally, in his capacity with the National Security & Foreign Trade Regulation Practice, Mr. Osborn has also advised hundreds of clients regarding regulatory compliance. This experience includes advice based on the Exon-Florio provisions administered by CFIUS, including recent CFIUS filings for clients, as well as work for dozens of clients regarding compliance with the EAR, ITAR, and OFAC.

Professional Activities

Mr. Osborn is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. 

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Osborn was a technical specialist at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, PC, where he focused on electrical technologies and prosecuted patents at all stages of prosecution. His areas of specialty included hashing techniques, block ciphers, stream ciphers, public key encryption and database designs.

Before practicing patent law, Mr. Osborn was a software engineer for iMake Software and Services, a video-on-demand company located in Bethesda, Maryland. While at iMake, he consulted video-on-demand content distributors regarding software and industry best practices, produced technical documents including software requirements and developed software code for video-on-demand applications. Mr. Osborn has software development experience in many different programming languages including Java, C, C++, Python, Javascript, HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL, Visual Basic, Ruby and Perl.


Mr. Osborn was named as an “Associate to Watch” by Chambers USA in the category of International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, one of only two associates nationwide to receive this honor.

Mr. Osborn was selected as a Washington DC Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2013 – 2016, an award given to fewer than 2.5% of eligible attorneys.

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J.D., 2009
American University Washington College of Law

(cum laude)

M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2009
The Johns Hopkins University, Electrical and Computer Engineering
B.S., Computer Science, 2006
Xavier University, Computer Science
B.S., Mathematics, 2006
Xavier University, Mathematics



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