- University of Colorado School of Law (J.D.); Order of the Coif; Seaman Scholar; Galland Scholarship; George Kerr Memorial Scholarship; Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Litigation Award; Business Law Society; Intellectual Property Law Society; Moot Court
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.S., Biology, Minor in Chemistry), with distinction
Maclain Wells is counsel in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he specializes in patent litigation. Mr. Wells has assisted clients in numerous intellectual property matters, including cases relating to digital video recorders, computer hard drives, online business methods, software, and LCD panels. He also has experience in evaluating and licensing intellectual property portfolios.
Representative clients include: TiVo, the University of California at Santa Barbara, eBay/PayPal, LSI/Agere Systems, and Chi Mei Optoelectronics.
Mr. Wells also writes on patent law and practice. Recent publications include: "The Patent Reform Act of 2007: Attempting to Modernize the U.S. Patent System," Federal Bar Association Newsletter (Winter 2008); and "Redefining Prior Art Under Proposed Patent Reform Measures," ALM's Patent Strategy and Management Journal (in two parts, June and July 2008).
LG Display v. Chi Mei Optoelectronics. (D. Del.): Represents Chi Mei Optoelectronics in a set of patent litigations involving LCD panel technology.
NXP v. LSI and Agere. (N.D. Cal.): Represents LSI and Agere in a set of patent litigations involving semiconductor manufacturing technology and circuit design.
Netcraft v. eBay/PayPal. (W.D. Wis.): Represented eBay/PayPal in a patent infringement suit brought by a non-practicing entity. In 2007, eBay/PayPal were awarded summary judgment of non-infringement. In 2008, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's ruling.
AmberWave v. Intel. (D. Del., E.D. Tex.): Represented AmberWave, a company founded by an MIT professor and his students, in a set of patent litigations relating to advanced semiconductor materials and manufacturing processes.
TiVo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications Corporation. (E.D. Texas): Represents TiVo in connection with patent infringement suits in the Eastern District of Texas involving digital video recording ("DVR") products and services.
Bar & Court Admissions
- 2002, California
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Courts of Appeals, Ninth and Federal Circuits
- U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California