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Susan N. Acquista

Susan N. Acquista

Of Counsel

Susan Acquista helps clients implement and maintain strategies to protect their intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

She has extensive experience litigating intellectual property disputes, including patent infringement and validity, trademark and trade dress infringement and dilution, false advertising, trade secret misappropriation, licensing, unfair competition and copyright matters. She has represented clients through all aspects of litigation, including discovery, trial and appeal, and in cases involving a broad spectrum of technologies.  For example, she has litigated patent disputes involving electromechanical and mechanical devices, consumer electronics, computer processes and applications, and pharmaceutical compositions and methods of practice.

Susan also represents and advises clients on protecting their trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, from the adoption of trademarks to the protection of them on a global basis, including both prosecution and enforcement. She has experience in working with both mature and emerging companies on developing and strengthening brands in a wide variety of industries.

Bar admissionsCalifornia
CourtsUnited States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaUnited States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law 2007
  • B.A., Global Studies, with honors, University of California, Santa Barbara 2004
    Global Studies,with honors
    Spanish and Women Culture and Development minors

Civic and Charitable

Susan also volunteers her time with Voices for Children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the dependency court system. As a CASA, she strives to be a positive role model for children in the system by teaching them self-confidence, trust, and other developmental skills. She also supports children through their court proceedings by explaining the proceedings to the child, attending hearings with the child, and helping to "interpret" what is going to the child.  Her volunteer work also includes interviewing all parties involved with the child regarding the child’s circumstances and needs and communicating the child's needs to the court in written reports.