Angela Dunning is an IP litigation partner at Cooley LLP. Her 20+ year practice spans trademark, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition cases, as well as complex commercial disputes. She has tried numerous cases to a jury verdict and has substantial experience in the federal appellate courts, including several successful arguments before the Ninth Circuit in high profile cases. Among these, Angela served as lead counsel for Google in an important genericide trademark suit in which the Ninth Circuit unanimously affirmed the lower court’s summary judgment ruling that the GOOGLE trademark is not generic. Angela also served as lead trial counsel for 23andMe in a trademark dispute with Ancestry.com over rights to the term “Ancestry.” She has represented numerous other clients in trademark, copyright, and false advertising litigation (e.g., eBay, Twitter, Visual Supply Company, Blurb (Monkey Selfie case), BGC Partners (Cantor Fitzgerald), Olive AI, and Wish (ContextLogic)). She is a member of the Public Information Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA).
The World Trademark Review describes Angela as a “high-caliber trial lawyer” as well as a “great writer and strategist who leaves no stone unturned in developing her positions.” She has also been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California and as a Leading Lawyer for Commercial Disputes by Legal 500.
In 2008, as part of a Cooley-sponsored program, Angela served as an assistant district attorney for the City and
County of San Francisco, prosecuting criminal cases such as theft, battery, and weapons-related charges.
While attending UC Davis School of Law, Angela received the American Jurisprudence award for legal writing
and served as an extern for the Honorable Gregory G. Hollows, Chief Magistrate Judge, US District Court
for the Eastern District of California.
J.D., UC Davis School of Law (2000)
B.A. Literature/Writing, U.C. San Diego (1997)