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Gary Shapiro
Gary Shapiro
Baker & McKenzie LLP
San Francisco

+ 1 415 576 3059

Gary Shapiro practices in the areas of information technology and international business technology transactions, as well as intellectual property counseling. He is listed among the top IP lawyers by Bay Area Lawyer Magazine, and has been top-ranked in Super Lawyer in the field of intellectual property. Mr. Shapiro has authored several articles for the San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journals, including "U.S. Law Goes Extraterritorial With Circuit's Patent Rulings. He is a member of the intellectual property sections of the State Bar of California and American Bar Association.

Practice Focus

Mr. Shapiro represents clients in various transactional matters, including agreements involving software licensing and development, patent cross-licensing, as well as outsourcing, technology acquisitions. He also advises on semiconductor development and foundry services, collaborations, joint ventures, strategic alliances, OEM, international distribution, electronic commerce, content licensing, confidentiality, data protection, invention assignments, consulting services and international licensing arrangements. Mr. Shapiro counsels industry clients on technology transfers and protection of intellectual property rights, and conducts intellectual property due diligence and counseling for mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, investments and IPOs.

Representative Legal Matters

Fair Isaac Corporation 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California - Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Bar Association - Intellectual Property Law Section


U.S. District Court, Northern District of California~United States (1981)
California~United States (1981)


University of California, Hastings College of the Law  (J.D.)
Brandeis University  (B.A. cum laude)

Baker & McKenzie LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership organized under the laws of the State of Illinois (USA) and is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Verein organized under the laws of Switzerland.
Author, "U.S. Law Goes Extraterritorial With Circuit's Patent Rulings," San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journals, February 14, 2006;

Author, "Extraterritorial Opinion"" (Microsoft v. AT&T), San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journals, June 18, 2007;

Author, "Managing Commercial Risks in Open Source Software Licensing," Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, November 2007;

Author, Promissory Estoppel and the Right to Trial by Jury in California, 31 Hastings Law Journal 697.

He has presented on intellectual property and computer law to attorneys.

He was named an Intellectual Property "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property in the September 2004 issue of San Francisco magazine and one of the top Bay Area Intellectual Property attorneys in the January/February 2006 issue of Bay Area Lawyer Magazine.
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We are passionately global — it's in our DNA.

We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
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