Read Ambler

Hon. Read Ambler (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Josephine Care
T: 408-346-0737
F: 408-295-5267
160 W. Santa Clara St., Suite 1600, San Jose, CA 95113

Read Ambler is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. Read Ambler (Ret.) became a full-time neutral at JAMS in 2000, and has handled numerous intellectual property cases as a mediator, arbitrator, private judge, discovery referee, and special master.  Judge Ambler has experience with patent, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, and copyright disputes, within industries such as high technology, banking, broadband internet service, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  Clients laud him for being pragmatic, organized and prepared, and for having the technical savvy to learn the underlying technology in dispute efficiently.  Prior to becoming a neutral, as a judge on the Santa Clara Superior Court, Judge Ambler handled settlement, case management, and civil law and motion in hundreds of trade secret and other intellectual property cases.

Representative Matters

  • Dispute between a patent attorney and his client, a scientist and inventor who owns the patents for several products and components necessary to the transmission of audio and video signals
  • Dispute over alleged misappropriation of trade secret, breach of contract and related claims arising from license of French company by California corporation to use proprietary technology to provide wafer backgrinding and polishing services to silicon wafer manufacturers located in Europe
  • Copyright action involving licensing agreement providing for right to reproduce, use, and sell certain illustrations worldwide in exchange for promise to pay royalties on all sales and to make quarterly accountings  
  • Theft of trade secrets claim involving wireless trans-coding technology
  • Trade dress dispute by major computer manufacturer against Korean competitor
  • Trade secret claims by alleged inventor of highly successful patented coronary stent technology 

Special Master/Discovery Referee, Representative Matters

  • Alameda Superior Court (CCP § 638 Discovery Referee):  Oz Optics, Inc., et al. v. Oplink Communications, et al. (01-034488)
  • Federal (Special Master):  Affymetrix, Inc. v. Synteni, Inc. and Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (C-99-21164 JF)
  • Federal (Special Master):  Hynix Semiconductor, Inc. v. Rambus, Inc. (C 00-20905 RMW)
  • Federal (Special Master):  Rambus v. Hynix, Samsung, et al. (C 05-00334 RMW)
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court (CCP § 638 Discovery Referee):  Acropolis Systems, Inc. v. Synergistic Computer Solutions, Inc., et al. (CV787968)
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court (CCP § 638 Discovery Referee):  Synopsys, Inc. v. Nassda Corporation, et al. (CV787950)
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court (CCP § 639 Discovery Referee):  AEI v. Google (104 CV 020368)
  • Sonoma County Superior Court (CCP § 638 Discovery Referee):  Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. v. Cierra Photonics, Inc. (225419)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California San Jose Division (Special Master):  Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and Foundry Networks, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company vs. A10 Networks, Inc., a California corporation, Lee Chen, an individual; Rajkumar Jalan, an individual; Ron Szeto, an individual; David Cheung, an individual; Liang Han, an individual; and Steven Hwang, an individual (Case No. 10-CV-03428 LHK)
  • San Mateo County Superior Court (CCP 638 Discovery Referee):  Actuate Corporation vs. Oracle USA, Inc. (CIV 481387)
  • Alameda Superior Court (CCP § 638 Discovery Referee):  Oz Optics, Inc., et al. v. Oplink Communications, et al. (01-034488)
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Recognized as a "Top Neutral," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Sedona Conference: E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program for Special Masters & Mediators, January 2010
  • Recipient, official Resolution and Commendation, and the Certificate of Appreciation; both awarded by the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, 2009
  • President's Advisory Council, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, 2001-present
  • Professional Advisory Council, Learning Disabilities Association of California (LDA-CA), 2000-2002
  • ADR Profile: "As Neutral, Ex-Judge Relishes Human Contact," Daily Journal (Verdicts & Settlements), July 25, 2008
  • ADR Profile: "Long Tall Texan, Making a Difference," Daily Journal (Verdicts & Settlements), January 4th, 2002
  • Child Abuse Council of Santa Clara County, 1998-2000
  • California Legislature Resolution of Commendation, 2000
  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Founders Award, 1999
  • Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) Honors Award, 1998
  • California Judicial Council Court Technology Advisory Committee, 1997-1999
  • California Volunteers in Parole, Inc. Founders Award, 1995
  • Judge of the Year, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers, 1991
  • Governing Committee, California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), 1984-1986
  • Board of Trustees, Good Samaritan Hospital, 1976-1978
  • President, Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA), 1977
  • President, Barristers Club of Santa Clara County, 1973
  • Outstanding Law Student Award, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1968
  • President, Stanford Legal Aid Society, 1967-1968
  • United States Navy (LT (USNR) (R)), 1961-1965
  • President, Dartmouth Rowing Club, 1960-1961
  • Co-Captain, Dartmouth Heavyweight Crew, 1960
  • U.S. Olympic Trials (Rowing), 1960
  • Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court, 1980-2000
  • Partner, Nichols & Ambler, 1975-1980
  • Shareholder, MacLeod, Fuller, Muir & Godwin, 1973-1975
  • Santa Clara County Public Defenders Office, 1970-1973
  • Morgan, Beauzay & Hammer, 1969-1970
  • LL.B., Stanford School of Law, 1968
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1961

Counsel Comments

    • "Judge Ambler maintained a perfect balance of being personable and friendly while also remaining detached and objective. His interest and curiosity for a difficult subject inspired me to work harder. All parties benefited from this approach. I would do it again tomorrow."

      - Bay Area Attorney




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