Mitchell  Zimmerman

Mitchell Zimmerman

Of Counsel Fenwick & West LLP

Mr. Zimmerman's practice focuses on counseling and conflict resolution involving copyrights in computer software, digital devices, Internet-based works, and textual authorship. He frequently advises clients concerning the scope of intellectual property rights and on risk management in technology and other contexts. In 2009, Mr. Zimmerman received California Lawyer Magazine’s Attorney of the Year Award.

Mr. Zimmerman has served as counsel in numerous copyright, trademark and patent cases, including: Paramount v. ReplayTV (copyright fair use in digital video recorders); RIM vs. Good Technology (copyright in user interface of handheld communicators); Brown Bag Software vs. Symantec (software copyrights and trade dress in user interfaces); and Lotus Development Corp. vs. Borland International (Lotus 1-2-3 user interface copyrights. 

Mr. Zimmerman is a frequent speaker and writes extensively on intellectual property and technology subjects. He has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer for more than 10 years, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, and is rated as “Preeminent” by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbard.


  • Stanford Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif; 1979
  • Princeton University, M.A., in Politics, 1965
  • The City College of New York, B.A., 1963
  • Member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, and other federal courts.