Practice areas


  • UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2010); Editor, Journal of Law and Technology
  • Stanford University (B.S., Electrical Engineering; B.A., Science, Technology and Society, 2004)

Talin Gordnia is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP where she is a member of the litigation and intellectual property practice groups. Ms. Gordnia focuses on patent disputes and has substantial experience representing clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex technology areas including video processing, data compression and encryption, network engineering and security, semiconductor fabrication, medical devices, biotechnology, solar power, and online advertising.

Ms. Gordnia has handled all aspects of patent litigation, including arguing at Markman and other hearings. She was on the trial team that secured a $175 million settlement for long-time client Juniper Networks, Inc. Ms. Gordnia also represented TiVo Inc. in a number of patent infringement cases resulting in over $1 billion in settlements for TiVo.

Ms. Gordnia is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has handled oral arguments in inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including as first chair.

Ms. Gordnia was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2016-2018. She is an active member of the firm's Hiring Committee, Diversity Committee, and Women's Committee and speaks on topics relating to patent litigation, diversity, and hiring.

Outside the firm, Ms. Gordnia is an active member of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA), Chiefs in IP (ChIPs), and the Silicon Beach Young Professionals and Women in Tech groups. She also guest lectures at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in the course titled Intellectual Property For Technology Entrepreneurs and Managers.

Ms. Gordnia earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law where she was Editor of the Journal of Law and Technology. She earned her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and her B.A. in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University.

Prior to law school, Ms. Gordnia worked in the Intellectual Property department at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems where she drafted patent applications and intellectual property contract provisions, and advised on technology development and patent portfolio management. She previously worked as an Electrical Engineer at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

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Representative Matters

  • B/E Aerospace, Inc. v. Zodiac Aerospace (E.D. Tex.)
    Representing B/E in patent infringement action and related post grant and inter partes reviews involving utility and design patents for aircraft interiors.

  • Nike, Inc. v. Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (C.D. Cal.)
    Defending Skechers in patent infringement action and related inter partes reviews involving design patents for shoes.

  • Snyders Heart Valve LLC v. St. Jude Medical Cardiology Division Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex.)
    Defending St. Jude in patent infringement action involving artificial heart valves.

  • Chrimar Systems, Inc. v. Juniper Networks, Inc. (N.D. Cal.)
    Defending Juniper in patent infringement action and representing Juniper in related inter partes reviews involving patents for Power Over Ethernet technology. 
  • Lam Research Corp. v. Daniel L. Flamm (N.D. Cal.)
    Represented Lam in declaratory judgment action and related inter partes reviews involving semiconductor etch process technology. Achieved settlement on favorable terms following the oral hearing in the IPRs.
  • TiVo Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., LTD. et al. (E.D. Tex.)
    Represented TiVo in patent litigation over DVR technology against Samsung. Achieved settlement on favorable terms, including a licensing agreement.
  • Koninklijke Philips N.V. et al. v. ZOLL Medical Corp. (D. Mass.)
    Represented ZOLL in two cases in which ZOLL had been sued for patent infringement relating to external defibrillator technology. After Irell took over the cases from other counsel in the wake of a loss on the liability phase in one of the two cases, ZOLL was able to persuade the Court to stay the damages phase of that case pending the parties’ cross-appeals of the liability verdict and then successfully negotiated a settlement of the other case. 
  • Juniper Networks, Inc. v. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (D. Del.)
    Represented Juniper in patent litigation alleging that Palo Alto Networks products infringed a number of Juniper patents related to firewall and network security technologies. The patents at issue were invented by Palo Alto Networks’ founders when they had been Juniper employees. After a seven-day trial, resulting in a mistrial, Palo Alto Networks Inc. agreed to pay $175 million to resolve the patent litigation between the two network security companies pending in both California and Delaware. 
  • Motorola Mobility Inc. v. TiVo Inc./ TiVo Inc. v. Cisco Systems Inc. (E.D. Tex.)
    Represented TiVo in patent litigation over DVR technology against Motorola Mobility and Cisco Systems. On June 6, 2013, shortly before the start of trial, Motorola and Cisco agreed to pay $490 million to TiVo to resolve the litigation.
  • TiVo Inc. v. Verizon (E.D. Tex.)
    Represented TiVo in a patent infringement suit against Verizon accusing the company of infringing three of TiVo's DVR technology patents. In September 2012, shortly before trial was scheduled to begin, a settlement was reached in which Verizon agreed to provide TiVo with total compensation worth at least $250.4 million. As part of the settlement, TiVo and Verizon agreed to dismiss all pending litigation between the companies with prejudice. The parties also entered into a cross license of their respective patent portfolios in the advanced television field.
  • TiVo Inc. v. AT&T (E.D. Tex.)
    Represented TiVo in a suit against AT&T, alleging that AT&T's U-verse products and services infringed three of TiVo's patents covering DVR technology. In 2010, AT&T launched a counter-suit in California accusing TiVo DVRs of violating three AT&T patents. In January 2012, just days before a trial on TiVo's patents, AT&T agreed to pay TiVo a minimum of $215 million, plus additional fees in case AT&T's DVR subscriber base exceeds certain levels.
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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • “Patent Litigation & Claim Construction,” guest lecture for the course Intellectual Property For Technology Entrepreneurs and Managers at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (May 2015, May 2017)
  • "Working with Experts," Irell & Manella MCLE Presentation (March 2016)
  • "Introduction to Patent Litigation," guest lecture for the course Intellectual Property for Technology Entrepreneurs at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA (May 2015)
  • "Claim Construction Strategies," Irell & Manella Patent Nuts & Bolts Program (January 2014) 
  • "Patent-Eligible Subject Matter after Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., and Marine Polymer Technologies, Inc. v. HemCon, Inc.," Irell & Manella MCLE Presentation (April 2012)
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 2010, California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit