Jacob Minne advises clients on a wide range of technology and IP issues, including direct work with cryptoassets, fintech, and mobile software. While dealing with emerging cryptoasset issues, Jacob has reviewed and revised node hosting agreements associated with well capitalized permissioned blockchains, and conducted due diligence reviews of cryptocurrency trading issues, and evaluated regulatory concerns related to money transmitter registration, security treatment of ICO related assets, custody requirements, and CFTC scrutiny of certain bitcoin transactions. He has presented publicly on cryptoasset issues at LendIt and through Morgan Lewis’s First Cup of Coffee program and Hedge Fund Practices Conference.
Through his IP practice, Jacob has experience in analyzing copyright, patent, trademark and trade secret issues and advising clients on protecting and developing their IP portfolio. His litigation experience includes cases for clients in a diverse range of technology fields such as semiconductor chip manufacturing methods, medical devices, and mobile software. He has experience in forums including the US District Court for the Central District of California, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the US International Trade Commission (USITC).
Before he joined Morgan Lewis, Jacob completed an externship with Judge Steven B. Berlin in the Office of the Administrative Law Judge for the US Department of Labor (DOL). He also worked as a patent litigation analyst for Lex Machina on a variety of quantitative analytics projects, including a comparison of average time to final judgment in US federal district courts as compared to the USITC.
Jacob also uses his legal education to give back to the community. Serving as pro bono counsel, he assists refugees in filing asylum applications and has won restraining orders for clients in domestic violence disputes. In late 2016, Jacob submitted an application for presidential clemency for a pro bono client who was sentenced to life in prison for drug crimes committed while he was a minor; then-President Barack Obama granted the petition for clemency in January 2017. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Jacob helped three ICE detainees secure bail from facilities with active COVID-19 outbreaks.
Santa Clara University School of Law, 2013, J.D., summa cum laude
University of Puget Sound, 2008, B.A., with Honors
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Admitted in Federal District Court only)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)