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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A. (1995)
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D. (2000)


  • California
  • District of Columbia

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Crowell & Moring's Litigation Forecast 2019

Litigation Forecast 2019

Gabriel M. Ramsey

 Partner San Francisco
Phone: +1 415.365.7207
3 Embarcadero Center, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Gabriel M. Ramsey is a partner in the San Francisco office of Crowell & Moring. Gabe is a member of the Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups. He is also a member of the firm's Litigation Group Steering Committee.

Gabe focuses his practice on complex litigation involving intellectual property and cybersecurity. He has twice been named one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by the Daily Journal and has been repeatedly recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Gabe has substantial experience in high technology and entertainment-related matters involving trade secret, patent, copyright, and trademark law. He has significant experience in carrying out internet enforcement actions and investigations involving cybercrime, trade secret misappropriation, fraud and deceptive activity, data breaches, and brand violations. He has also handled many licensing matters, open source licensing disputes, and general commercial disputes. He has significant experience in matters involving computer software, hardware, internet and networking technologies, video games, cloud computing, new media, and entertainment content.

Gabe has represented major technology and entertainment companies like Microsoft Corp., Facebook, Inc., McAfee, Inc., EMC Corp., Perfect World Entertainment, Inc., NCSoft, Namco Bandai Games, NVIDIA Corp., IGN Entertainment, Inc., CNET Networks,, Say Media, Audible Magic Corp., Affinity Circles, Inc., Gracenote, Inc., Fox Entertainment Group, Fox Broadcasting, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Lucasfilm, Ltd., LucasArts Entertainment Co., Digidesign, and Mesa/Boogie, Ltd.

Representative Engagements

Intellectual Property Matters

  • Audible Magic Corp. Gabe led a team that successfully defended Audible Magic in a patent infringement action brought by Blue Spike LLC, in the Eastern District of Texas. Obtained summary judgment of noninfringement for all asserted patents in Audible Magic's favor.
  • EMC Corp. / RSA Security. Gabe successfully defended EMC and RSA in a patent infringement matter involving data loss prevention and email security software.
  • Fox Entertainment Group and Fox Broadcasting Corp. Gabe successfully defended Fox in a patent infringement action involving forward error correction techniques allegedly used in television broadcasts.
  • Oracle. Gabe was on the brief for Oracle in Oracle v. Google (Fed. Cir.), a high stakes copyright appeal involving whether Android impermissibly copies Java.
  • Photobucket. Gabe successfully defended Photobucket in a patent infringement case involving online photosharing and access control technologies.
  • MGA Entertainment, Inc. Gabe was part of a team defending MGA in a copyright, trade secret, and contract matter involving fashion dolls.
  • NVIDIA Corp. Gabe successfully defended NVIDIA in a patent infringement case involving graphics card and computer bus architectures.
  • Affinity Circles, Inc. Gabe successfully represented Affinity Circles in a trade secret dispute involving social networking technology.
  • Gabe represented eHarmony in a multidefendant patent litigation involving load-balancing web and application servers.
  • International Game Technology. Gabe defended IGT in a patent litigation involving digital gaming technology, which resulted in invalidation of the asserted patents on summary judgment.
  • Say Media. Gabe provided intellectual property advising and counseling to this web-based video publishing company.
  • Gracenote, Inc. Gabe represented Gracenote in a patent litigation involving online music recognition technology.
  • The Walt Disney Company. Gabe has advised the Walt Disney Company on copyright matters.
  • Universal Studios, Lucas Digital, and Oscar-Winning Special Effects Artist Christopher Boyes. Gabe assisted these clients in the successful defense of a copyright infringement case involving the motion picture The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
  • Connectix Corporation. Gabe represented Connectix in a dispute over the creation of a video game hardware emulator involving copyright, trade secret, and patent claims.
  • Lucasfilm, Ltd. and LucasArts Entertainment Co. Gabe represented these clients as plaintiffs in a trademark infringement action, resulting in a finding of infringement on summary judgment.
  • Pioneer Corporation. Gabe represented Pioneer in an ongoing industry standard-setting process involving the adoption of a digital video copy protection solution based on DVD watermarking technology.

Internet Security, Safety And Brand Protection Matters


  • Carried out action to disable 96 IP addresses and thousands of domains that controlled the million computer “Rustock” botnet, capable of sending 30-40 billion spam email messages per day. The botnet was then the single largest source of spam in the world. This action decimated this massive criminal infrastructure.
  • Carried out action to disable 276 domains that controlled the 400,000 computer “Waledac” botnet capable of sending nearly 1.5 billion spam email messages per day. This action was the first civil action of its kind.
  • Carried out actions to disrupt the “Zeus,” “IceIX,” “SpyEye,” and “Citadel” financial theft botnets, which were collectively responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of online account theft.
  • Microsoft v. Sabelnikov, carried out this action to dismantle the “Kelihos” spam botnet and pursue the botnet's creators.
  • Microsoft v. Yong, carried out this action to dismantle the “Nitol” botnet, which leveraged counterfeit versions of the Windows operating system to distribute the malware and was used to carry out theft of personal information.
  • Microsoft v. Chupakhin, carried out this action to dismantle the “Bamital” botnet, which was engaged in online advertising “click” fraud, and pursue the botnet's creators.

Cybercrime, Fraud, Abuse

  • Identified and successfully pursued participants in an international criminal organization responsible for an enormous volume of fake pharmaceutical and adult spam email.
  • Identified and pursued defendant that used internet means to misappropriate and convey confidential technical material in a trade secret and corporate espionage matter.
  • Prosecuted action against parties fraudulently manipulating email spam filters and carrying out illegal automated creation of email accounts and spam email activity.
  • Successfully implemented enforcement program to disrupt distribution of pirated software through offshore file-sharing sites and peer-to-peer networks.
  • Investigated and pursued  credit card fraud ring abusing online gaming platform.
  • Investigated and initiated international civil litigation and law enforcement referrals against an “advance fee fraud ring.”
  • Investigated and pursued perpetrators of an online and telephonic “customer support” scam.
  • Prosecuted action against website publisher and internet traffic provider in a novel internet case related to “click fraud” and related fraudulent online advertising practices.
  • Investigated and pursued party engaged in fraudulent manipulation of search engine promotional program.
  • Investigated and advised regarding various malware and adware programs.
  • Defended Microsoft in Holomaxx v. Microsoft, a matter involving use and implementation of spam email filters.

Brand Protection

  • Prosecuted actions against cybersquatters infringing trademarks.
  • Carried out international enforcement actions against promoters and distributors of counterfeit goods, including consumer products, digital works, software, and pharmaceutical products.


Admitted to practice: California, District of Columbia, U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Southern District of California, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Who Are You Calling a Pirate? Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages," 2018 Advanced Patent Law Institute, East Palo Alto, CA (December 7, 2018). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Trade Secrets and Internal Investigations," Technology Law CLE Conference, San Francisco, CA (October 23, 2018). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Complex Threat Investigations: Managing Risk," 30th Annual All Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, CA (October 15, 2018). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Terra Terror and Traveling Tricks - Developments in Cybersecurity, US and International Trade Secret Law," AIPLA Annual Meeting (October 25, 2013). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "The Cops Too?- Concurrent Criminal and Civil Trade Secret Litigation," AIPLA Trade Secret Summit (October 22, 2013). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Bye, Bye Botnets," IAPP Privacy Academy (October 1, 2013). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "U.S. Cybercrime & Cybersecurity: Today's Stark Realities," Sandpiper Breakfast Briefing (September 17, 2013). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Technology and Privacy Design," Berkeley Center for Law & Technology: Privacy Law Forum (March 21, 2013). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Separating Personal and Professional Digital Lives," AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute (January 25, 2012). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Developments in DRM and the Mobile Environment," All Hands Meeting (December 7, 2011). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Why are License Agreements so Convoluted?" CNET Reporters' Roundtable Podcast (June 10, 2011). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Risk of Cloud Computing: How it changes the legal landscape," British American Business Council: Transatlantic Business Conference (May 11, 2011). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Working in the Cloud Format: Risks and Rewards," IP Counsel Cafe (April 7, 2011). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Social Media and Social Network Issues as They Relate to Video Games," Gamer Technology Law Conference (March 25, 2010). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Social Networks in the Workplace," Supernova 2009 (December 1, 2009). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "DRM Implementation in Media and Entertainment: From Standardization to Implementation of New Technology Strategies," Digital Hollywood at CES (January 10, 2009). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "New Frontiers & New Media-Copyright In The Digital Age," Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (October 17, 2008). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Innovation in Games, Game Networks and Social Gaming," Building Blocks 2008 (August 6, 2008). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Fair Use: The Real State Of The Art," 2008 Consumer Electronics Emerging Technologies Summit (May 20, 2008). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Legal Issues Facing Social Media Companies," SNAP Summit 2.0 (March 25, 2008). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Web 2.0: The Emerging Law of Wiki, Blogs and Social Networks and Its Impact on Traditional Business and Entertainment," Media Summit 2008 (March 12, 2008). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Next Generation P2P Music and Film - DRM, Paid for Pass- Along and Other Legal Distributed Computing Models and the Entertainment Industries," Digital Hollywood at CES (January 9, 2008). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Legal Issues Affecting Creation and Implementation of DRM Systems," 2007 Game Developers Conference (March 9, 2007). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Issues in Internet Law - Overview of MediaX Intellectual Property Exchange Project," Stanford University MediaX Meeting (July 27, 2006). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Copyrights in the Aftermath of Napster," CLE International (February 6, 2004). Speaker: Gabriel M. Ramsey.


  • "Privacy & Cybersecurity – Targeted Data Privacy Laws Increase Risk," Crowell & Moring's Litigation Forecast 2019 (January 9, 2019). Contributor: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "NIST Surveys and Assesses Broad Landscape of IoT Cybersecurity Standards in Interagency Report," Crowell & Moring's Data Law Insights (December 26, 2018). Authors: Cheryl A. Falvey, Gabriel M. Ramsey, Kate M. Growley, CIPP/G, CIPP/US and Paul Mathis.
  • "INSIGHT: The Communications Decency Act Safe Harbor: Pendulum Swings In 2018," Bloomberg Law Tech & Telecom (September 4, 2018). Authors: Christopher A. Cole, and Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Trade Secrets And Cybercrime: Building A Defensive Platform," AIPLA Annual Meeting (October 25, 2013). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "The War On Cybercrime: How Far Can You Go?" Corporate Counsel (April 16, 2013). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Self-Regulation Beats Litigation (ESRB and the First Amendment)" The Recorder (September 14, 2011). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Cybercrime Strategy for Social Networking and Other Online Platforms," The Licensing Journal 30.7 (August 1, 2010). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Legal Limits on Content Licensing: The Current Landscape," IP Litigator, Volume 15 Issue 3 (May 1, 2009). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Intellectual Property in the Brave New World of User-Created Games," (November 1, 2006). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Digital Rights Management Backlash: New Battles in the Old Content War," (August 1, 2006). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Databases in the Biological Sciences. A User's Guide to the Current Copyright Landscape," Plant Physiology, Volume 132, Page 1131 (July 1, 2003). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Bioinformatics Databases: Questions of Copyright," Biopharm International,Volume 15, Number 11, Page 46 (November 1, 2002). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Latest Proposal to Amend the Copyright Act Opens Up a Familiar 'Can of Worms'" The Intellectual Property Strategist,Volume 8, Number 2 (November 1, 2001). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Fair, Accurate and True? Authenticating Evidence in the Age of Digital Manipulation," The Practical Litigator,Volume 11, Number 1 (January 1, 2000). Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.
  • "Trade Secrets Online: Fair Disclosure or Road for Theft," 2 Internet Law and Practice, Chapter 18 Author: Gabriel M. Ramsey.

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