Practice areas


  • Columbia Law School (J.D., 2011); James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Carroll G. Harper Prize for intellectual property studies; Articles Editor, Columbia Science and Technology Law Review
  • Columbia College (B.A., Computer Science and English, 1999)

Gavin Snyder is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s litigation and IP litigation practice groups. His practice focuses on patent litigation. In addition to district court litigation, he has significant experience with pre-litigation counseling, proceedings before the International Trade Commission, and IPR matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has worked on cases involving a wide array of technologies, including haptics, microprocessor architecture, RNA interference, mobile mapping software, mobile Internet browsing, network and server load balancing, and computer security using machine learning.

Mr. Snyder earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2011 where he was a James Kent Scholar and was awarded the Carroll G. Harper Prize for intellectual property studies. He earned his B.A. in Computer Science and English from Columbia College in 1999.

Before law school, Mr. Snyder worked as a computer programmer for various companies in the video game, computer-aided design, and web industries. He was a programmer on four PC video games from Westwood Studios, including Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Nox.   

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Representative Matters

  • Immersion v. Apple (ITC and D. Del.) – Representing Immersion in multi-patent action pending before the International Trade Commission relating to Immersion’s tactile feedback technologies.
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple (W.D. Wis.) – Represented WARF, the patent management and licensing entity for the University of Wisconsin, in a computer microarchitecture patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. In October 2015, the jury returned a verdict in favor of WARF, finding all asserted claims valid and infringed and awarding WARF $234.2 million in damages.
  • University of Utah v. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, et al. (D. Mass.) – Represented Alnylam, the Max Planck Institute, the Whitehead Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a dispute over inventorship rights to fundamental patents in the RNA interference (gene silencing) field co-owned by the defendants. The district court granted summary judgment against the University of Utah and in favor of the defendants on all claims. The University of Utah did not appeal the district court's ruling.
  • Columbia University v. Symantec (E.D. Va.) – Representing Columbia in patent litigation against Symantec involving antivirus and anomaly detection inventions, including appeals before the Federal Circuit and IPR proceedings.
  • Unwired Planet v. BlackBerry (ITC and D. Del.) – Represented BlackBerry in patent litigation regarding mobile Internet technology. Unwired Planet stipulated to non-infringement and withdrew its complaint on the eve of trial, after the ITC issued a claim construction order under which Unwired Planet admitted that there was no infringement. In subsequent proceedings in the District of Delaware, the district court entered the identical claim construction, and Unwired Planet again stipulated to judgment of non-infringement. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's claim construction and judgment of non-infringement.
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 2011, California
  • 2014, Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit