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Anton N. Handal Attorney at Law
San Diego Office
619.544.1568 fax
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Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


  • Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1982)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California (B.A. in Economics, 1980)

Anton N. Handal

Mr. Handal is a relentless advocate who focuses his skills on complex business disputes involving Intellectual Property, breaches of fiduciary duty, partnership break-ups, professional liability, products liability, trademark infringement, Trade Secrets, data breaches, and Lanham Act violations. He has over 40 years of first-chair litigation experience in Federal, State and Administrative tribunals. He has represented clients from all over the World and tried over 100 matters and has been lead counsel in over 170 patent litigation cases.

Mr. Handal has argued before the United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeal, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, several Federal Appeals Courts, several District Courts, and several State Courts. He has also successfully tried cases before the International Trade Commission and handled 17 IPR’s, trying 3 to successful conclusion. Mr. Handal regularly advises clients on matters involving trade secret, and cyber/computer issues including the theft or destruction of Electronically Stored Data, improper access to computer and data systems, misappropriation of trade secrets.

Mr. Handal also advises and represents clients in buy/sell side mid-sized M&A transactions, including leading due diligence, data room management, contract negotiations, and drafting purchase and sale documents.

Notable Experience

  • Race Winning Brands v. Gearhart. 8:22-cv-01446-FWS. Central District of California. Employer action against employee who left to work for a competitor. Trade Secret, Cyber theft, breach of contract.
  • Carroll Shelby v. Halicki. Case No. 820-cv-01344 MCS (DFMx) Central District of California. Trade dress, Trademark, breach of contract. High value dispute over the Shelby GT500CR vehicle and its alleged impersonation of the “Eleanor” car character from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds.
  • Certain DVD Players and Recorders and Certain Products Containing Same, U.S. International Trade Commission, Investigation No. 337-TA-603, obtained favorable settlement for multiple respondents in Section 337 Investigation involving patented DVD player and DVD recorder technology.
  • eDigital Corporation v. Apple, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, representing plaintiff patent holder in more than 20 patent infringement lawsuits against smartphone, tablet, and camera manufacturers and retailers in effort to enforce client’s flash memory-related patents.
  • Patent Harbor, LLC v. Audiovox Corporation, et al., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 6:10-cv-361-LED-JDL, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Docket No. 13- 1341, representing defendant and appellee in patent infringement litigation involving technology for generating and displaying DVD content menus.
  • Guardian Media Technologies, Ltd. v. Acer America Corporation, et al., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 6:10-cv-597-LED, representing three defendants in patent infringement litigation related to parental control technology for DVD players and TVs.
  • Collins, et al. v. Western Digital Technologies, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 2:09-cv-219-DF, obtained favorable settlement for defendant in patent infringement litigation involving diamond like carbon coating for computer hard disc drives.
  • Multimedia Patent Trust v. Directv, Inc., et al. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Case No. 3:09-cv-278-JAH-CAB, obtained favorable settlement for defendant in patent infringement litigation involving MPEG-2 encoding and decoding technologies.
  • Lindsey v. Conteh - Represented Plaintiff minority shareholders in shareholder derivative litigation alleging breach of fiduciary duty and violations of the Corporations Code relating to an international telecommunications business leading to a Judgment for Plaintiffs of more than $93,000,000, based on the value of misappropriated corporate property.
  • RF Elati v. Aikin et al. Colorado District Court litigation recovering a $8,800,000 judgment for the firm’s client in a cannabis related business dispute.
  • Represented Respondent electronics manufacturing company in U.S. Customs and Border Protection Seizure cases concerning trademark validity. Filed successful Petition for Relief from Forfeiture resulting in dismissal of all cases and return of client property.
  • Represented a world leading German manufacturer in re: Certain Automated Media Library Devices, U.S. International Trade Commission, Investigation No. 337-TA-746. Mr. Handal represented five respondents in a Section 337 investigation involving automated data storage devices. Resulting in a complete victory after trial and appeal for the firm’s client.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Speaker, eMerge Americas – Miami, FL. IP issues in related to the Cannabis Industry
  • Speaker, “Modern Trends in IP Litigation,” IP Counsel Exchange Webinar, February 13, 2018
  • Speaker, “From Decision to Practice,” IP Counsel Exchange New York, December 7, 2017
  • Speaker, “Building a Right Platform: Key Legal Issues of the U.S. Beauty Industry,” New York Health Forum, December 6, 2017
  • Speaker, “IP Litigation Spotlight Address,” IP Counsel Exchange San Diego, May 23, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New International Cottages, Inc., Pro-Bono Counsel

In the News

  • 'Gone In 60 Seconds' Producer Warned Of Contempt At Trial - A producer of the 2000 film "Gone in 60 Seconds" was threatened with contempt on Thursday as she testified in a bench trial between her and late racing icon Carroll Shelby's licensing company over a dispute about the film's "Eleanor" automobile, as a California federal judge grew frustrated with her interruptions. March 23, 2023
  • Atty 'Shocked' By Reboot Of '60 Seconds' Car IP Drama - An attorney for late racing icon Carroll Shelby's licensing company testified at a California federal bench trial Wednesday that he was "shocked" when a producer behind the 2000 film "Gone in 60 Seconds" apparently breached a long-standing settlement over intellectual property rights to the film's Ford Mustang "Eleanor" car. March 22, 2023
  • Piece Of Auto Dealer Data MDL Bound For Arbitration - An Illinois federal judge hit the brakes Thursday on one piece of the antitrust multidistrict litigation against Reynolds and Reynolds Co. and CDK Global, holding that it's up to an arbitrator to decide whether an automotive industry data technology company's claims should be arbitrated. February 20, 2020
  • Quoted, “Greenspoon Marder Cannabis Client Awarded $8,800,000 Final Judgment,” MarketWatch, December 14, 2018
  • Quoted, “Sweet Leaf Cannabis Business Co-Owners Hit With $8.8M Judgment,” The Denver Post, December 14, 2018
  • Co-Author, “New Rules and Ruling May Give Patent Owners New Tools,” Daily Journal, June 1, 2018
  • Quoted, “eDigital Granted New Patent for Interpersonal Awareness and the Internet of Things Technologies,” e.Digital Corporation, April 12, 2017
  • Jun 1, 2018“New Rules and Ruling May Give Patent Owners New Tools” By: Anton N. Handal, esq. & Todd Langford, esq.