Nicholas M. Zovko is a partner in our Orange County office.
Mr. Zovko represents clients in various industries in intellectual property disputes, with a focus on patent litigation. Mr. Zovko also has experience litigating cases involving trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, unfair competition claims, and false advertising claims. In addition, Mr. Zovko is a registered patent attorney and has experience before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prosecuting patents in a variety of technical areas, and representing clients in contested proceedings such as inter partes review.
Mr. Zovko has participated in several pro bono activities. For example, Mr. Zovko participated in the Trial Attorney Partnership program with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office where he successfully handled multiple jury trials. Mr. Zovko has also served as an attorney volunteer for the Public Law Center of Orange County and the Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel of the Central District of California.
Mr. Zovko has a mechanical engineering degree and worked as an engineer before law school. During law school, Mr. Zovko served on the Board of Editors of the McGeorge Law Review. Mr. Zovko graduated law school with great distinction and is a member of the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Zovko was a summer associate with the firm in 2004. He joined the firm as an associate in 2005 and became a partner in 2011.
"Shifting Venue for Patent Infringement Lawsuits," Orange County Business Journal, Intellectual Property Supplement (2017) (co-author).
"Three New Tools to Challenge Patents," Orange County Business Journal, Intellectual Property Supplement (2013) (co-author).
“Anti-counterfeiting Strategies: What You Need to Know,” Orange County Lawyer (Aug. 2007) (co-author).
“Bringing Counterfeiters to Justice,” World Trademark Law Report (Oct. 11, 2006) (co-author).
“Pre-litigation Anti-counterfeiting Toolkit,” World Trademark Law Report (Sept. 27, 2006) (co-author).
"Nanotechnology and the Experimental Use Defense to Patent Infringement," 37 McGeorge Law Review 129 (2006).
Speeches & Seminars
"How Can Young Lawyers Prosper in Today's Market," Interview with Law Practice Today (2015).
“Who Defines the Law? USPTO Rulemaking Authority,” 8 Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 410 (2010) (co-speaker).