Dinah X. Ortiz

Dinah X. Ortiz

Dinah Ortiz is Of Counsel in the Litigation Department in Hopkins & Carley’s San Jose office. She is a trial-experienced litigator who has represented clients in trade secret, patent, copyright, and trademark matters involving a broad range of technologies, ranging from wind turbines to computer-aided design software. 

Dinah also leverages a strong track record in commercial matters involving business torts, unfair competition, partnership disputes, breach of contract, and fraud claims.  She also regularly litigates real estate and construction disputes.

Prior to joining Hopkins & Carley, Dinah served as Of Counsel for Thoits Law.  She also practiced at Morrison & Forerster, Alston & Bird, and O’Melveny & Myers, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation.

  • Represent high net worth individual seeking to recover money loaned based on fraudulent representations by two individuals.  After a court trial, the client secured a $1.2 million judgment, including more than $800,000 in attorney fees and costs.  (Los Angeles County Superior Court)
  • Represented a major research, development, and manufacturing company in trade-secret misappropriation and contract claims regarding DNA synthesis technology. (Santa Clara County Superior Court)
  • Defended award-winning digital signage software company in a patent and copyright case dealing with digital wayfinding technology—in particular, systems and methods for programming and displaying directions for navigating between two map locations (D. Colo.)
  • Defended global provider of voice and data recording solutions in a case involving patent that included features such as preventing unauthorized access to the recording; automated identification of sensitive information; and starting and stopping the recording to avoid recording sensitive information (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Represented plaintiff in asserting patent claims against a medical device company involving devices for endoscopic vein harvesting (N.D. Cal.)
  • Defended Chinese manufacturer of unmanned aerial technology against patent infringement claims involving features of drones, in particular a system for controlling the drone using target tracking and a platform for interchangeably mounting the drone (C.D. Cal.)
  • Defended a US-based multinational software corporation in an infringement case involving patents directed to methods and systems for automated pricing of the components used in a construction plan created with an architectural design tool, like CAD programs (E.D. Tex.)
  • Defended a US-based multinational software corporation in a patent case involving memory and storage technology (E.D. Tex.)
  • Defended a wind energy company in a case alleging criminal trade secret misappropriation of source code for wind turbines (E.D. Wis.)
  • Represented plaintiff, an automotive brake manufacturer, in a case alleging copyright and trade secret misappropriation involving technology related to CAD drawings for brake components (N.D. Ill.)


  • “Calculating Trade Secret Damages: Overview And Defense Strategies,” Morrison Foerster Client Alert, 2016
  • Chapter 5: “Patent Infringement Remedies—An Overview and Update,” Patent Law Institute Course Handbook, 2014
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Women Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California (2010)

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • B.A. (magna cum laude), History and Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

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