Lara Garner is an associate at Fish & Richardson, where she practices in the area of patent litigation in a variety of technology fields. Representative matters include defending Microsoft in Lucent v. Microsoft No. 07-CV-2000 H (S.D. Cal.) in a patent trial relating to MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and VC-1 video compression. The case was tried to a jury verdict. The jury found the asserted claim of Lucent's video patent invalid and not infringed. Garner represented Dimension One in Dimension One Spas v. Coverplay (S.D. Cal.), was successful in overcoming Coverplay’s defense of inequitable conduct in a bench trial, and won summary judgment of infringement.
Garner has served as chairwoman of Fish & Richardson’s Litigation Associates Advisory Committee and was chosen by her peers to serve as associate liaison, to work to identify issues of import to the associates and work with the firm’s management to address them.
In addition, Garner has shown a commitment to pro bono, representing plaintiffs in class action regarding the provision of medical care. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that care must be provided to the working poor who can afford to pay for some, but not all, of their treatment (2007 WL 1489313).
Garner was honored with the 2009 Fair Shake Award by the Western Center on Law and Poverty for her work toward improving health care services for indigent residents of San Diego. Garner was the first law firm associate to receive the Fair Shake Award.
Garner received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2004, and her bachelor’s with highest distinction, and the departmental citation in philosophy, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.
Garner is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She is a member of the American Bar Association and San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association.