Angela Dunning’s practice focuses on trademark, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, and other complex commercial litigation for the world’s top companies.

She has tried numerous cases to a jury verdict and has substantial experience in the federal appellate courts, including successful arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in high-profile, published cases.

In 2008, Angela served as an assistant district attorney for the City and County of San Francisco under then-District Attorney Kamala Harris, prosecuting criminal cases. In 2022, she taught trademark law and branding at UC Berkeley School of Law.

Angela joined the firm as a partner in 2023 from another major international law firm.


Previous Experience

  • Elliott v. Google, representing Google and procuring a unanimous Ninth Circuit decision affirming summary judgment that the GOOGLE trademark is not generic.

  • Naruto v. Slater, representing Blurb in the “monkey selfies” copyright suit, procuring affirmance of the lower court’s dismissal order on the ground that animals, as non-humans, lack statutory standing under the Copyright Act.

  • Close v. Sotheby’s, representing eBay in obtaining dismissal and affirmance on copyright preemption grounds of claims asserted under the California Resale Royalty Act.

  • 23andMe in a trademark dispute with over rights to the term “ancestry.”

  • Midjourney, a prominent generative artificial intelligence platform, in connection with a first-of-its-kind class action lawsuit asserting copyright, Digital Millennium Copyright Act and right of publicity claims.

  • Meta Platforms, procuring dismissal with prejudice in two different trademark and unfair competition cases—one of which, Dfinity Foundation v. Meta Platforms, was recognized by Law360 as a top trademark decision of 2022.

  • Meta Platforms, in copyright infringement class action cases filed by comedian Sarah Silverman, writer Michael Chabon, and others, arising out of the training and output of Meta’s LLaMA large language generative AI model.

  • Twitter, Visual Supply Company, BGC Partners (Cantor Fitzgerald), Etsy, Olive AI, Wish (ContextLogic), and Playboy Enterprises in various intellectual property litigation matters.

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