Patent Litigation 2019


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Steven Auvil
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Steven Auvil is a Partner in Squire Patton Boggs’ IP and technology practice, where he leads its U.S. litigation segment.

Mr. Auvil has more than 25 years’ experience practicing law and has served as lead trial counsel and successfully represented clients in numerous patent disputes in the federal district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the PTAB. He has also argued several patent-related appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The technologies in these disputes include communication systems, solid state lighting, power management, automation, software control systems, and mechanical, electro-mechanical, and electro-optical devices and systems.

Mr. Auvil is a frequent speaker and author on patent law topics. He has been listed in Chambers and Partners USA’s Leading Lawyers since 2007 and the Best Lawyers in America since 2006.
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Todd Baker
Partner, Oblon
Todd Baker is a Partner at Oblon, Chair of its post-grant patent practice group, and a member of the firm’s management committee. He has significant experience handling patent prosecution and post-grant proceedings at the USPTO, including all aspects of reissue applications, ex parte reexaminations, inter partes review proceedings, and appeals to the PTAB. Mr. Baker has a JD from the University of Maryland Law School and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.
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Tim Bedard
Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel, Visa
Tim Bedard is Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel for Visa Inc. He leads a worldwide team of attorneys and patent professionals that are responsible for all of Visa’s patent-related matters, including litigation, preparation, prosecution, and strategy. His team is also responsible for IP issues relating to Visa’s involvement with standards-setting organizations, technology transactions, venture investments, and M&A. Prior to joining Visa, Mr. Bedard worked at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as Founding Director of its IP center. Prior to joining J&J, Mr. Bedard was a Patent Litigator at K&L Gates LLP. He began his professional career in the U.S. Navy, initially flying the P-3 Orion and later serving as an aide-de-camp to the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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Jacqueline Bonilla
Deputy Chief Judge, PTAB
Jacqueline Bonilla is Deputy Chief Judge at the USPTO’s PTAB. Since her appointment as an Administrative Patent Judge in 2012, she has conducted numerous post-grant patent trials under the America Invents Act, heard appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings, and rendered decisions in interferences. At the PTAB, she served as an Administrative Patent Judge, Lead Judge, and Vice Chief Judge prior to becoming Deputy Chief Judge.

Deputy Chief Judge Bonilla previously spent 12 years in private practice, including as a Partner at Foley & Lardner, LLP. She was also a Judicial Law Clerk to the now-retired Chief Judge Randall Rader at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Deputy Chief Judge Bonilla graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and has a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Virginia and a BA in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Scott Burt
Senior Vice President, Chief IP Officer, and General Counsel, Conversant IP
Scott Burt is Senior Vice President, Chief IP Officer, and General Counsel at Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc., a global IP management company known for its principled approach to patent licensing. With a portfolio of thousands of patents and patent applications under management, Conversant has special expertise in semiconductors and communications technology.

Mr. Burt leads Conversant’s legal professionals, including the corporate counsel and secretary functions, and oversees the company’s litigation and patent prosecution department. He also leads the company’s public policy and government relations initiatives. He actively participates in patent licensing negotiations and patent acquisitions. He joined Conversant in 2012.

Mr. Burt joined Conversant in 2012. Prior to that, he spent 21 years at Jones Day.

Mr. Burt has a JD from the University of Denver and a BA in mathematics with computer science from the University of Colorado.
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Charles Duan
Director, Technology and Innovation Policy, R Street
Charles Duan is Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at R Street Institute. He focuses his research on IP issues.

Mr. Duan was previously Director of the patent reform project at Public Knowledge, where he handled all aspects of patent policy—ranging from outreach at Congress to writing white papers and filing amicus briefs. Prior to this, he was a Research Associate to Professor Paul Ohm on a National Science Foundation-funded project that investigated the policy implications of newly proposed internet architectures. He also worked as a Patent Attorney at Knobbe Martens.

Mr. Duan is the author of A Five Part Plan for Patent Reform (2014). He has an associate bachelor’s in computer science from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School.
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Brian Ferguson
Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Brian Ferguson is a Partner and Co-Head of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’s nationwide patent litigation practice and is recognized among the leading patent lawyers in the United States. He represents corporations before all of the major patent law venues in all phases of high-stakes patent infringement and validity disputes before the U.S. district courts, Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission, and inter partes review proceedings before the PTAB. He also has substantial experience handling patent-related appellate proceedings, including arguing dozens of appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

With a degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Ferguson has handled cases involving a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies, as well as numerous matters in the chemical and medical device spaces. In addition to his patent work, Mr. Ferguson has litigated cases involving trademark and copyright disputes.
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Tim Gilbert
Managing Partner, Gilberts
Tim Gilbert is a leading IP strategist who has represented major pharmaceutical companies in developing game-plans for U.S. and Canadian markets. He is known for major generic product approvals, including the first generic Paxil to enter the U.S. market and the Canadian generic for Cialis.

Mr. Gilbert has represented biologics manufacturers in regulatory approval matters and has helped to clear patent pathways. He is Founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert’s LLP. He has served as Lead Counsel and Advocate in complex and cross-border litigation and regulatory matters in the pharmaceutical and technology industries. He has also served as an Advisor to the government, multinationals, and investment funds.

The key to Mr. Gilbert’s success is his unrelenting creativity and expertise in creating value through innovative IP monetization strategies and his entrepreneurial business acumen.
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Maxine Graham
Vice President and Senior Counsel, American Express
Maxine Graham is Vice President and Senior IP Counsel at American Express Company. In this position, Ms. Graham manages patent litigation, threats, and licensing. She also handles IP aspects of M&A and commercial transactions. Prior to joining American Express, Ms. Graham was a Patent Litigator at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. Ms. Graham is a member of the New York Bar and a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She graduated with a JD from the University of Virginia Law School and has a BS in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in physics from Furman University.
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Eeva Hakoranta
Senior Vice President and Head of IP, Nokia
Eeva Hakoranta has been Senior Vice President and Head of IP for Nokia since October 2018 and General Counsel for Nokia Technologies, the company’s licensing arm, since July 2018. Before that, she led patent licensing for six years, seeing revenues more than treble.

Ms. Hakoranta is responsible for IP matters and enforcement strategies for all Nokia businesses, including patenting and portfolio management for Nokia’s industry leading patent portfolio. Ms. Hakoranta joined Nokia in 2006 to create an IP rights legal organization and moved to oversee patent licensing in 2012. Before Nokia, she was in private practice with Roschier.

Working for many years at the intersection of business, IP, and competition law, Ms. Hakoranta has closed hundreds of agreements, managed complex enforcement projects, and been involved in transactions, regulatory matters, and business development.

Ms. Hakoranta has an LLM from Helsinki University and holds positions of trust in several organizations.
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Phil Hartstein
President and CEO, Finjan
Phil Hartstein is President and CEO of Finjan Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: FNJN), a cybersecurity company with a rich 20-year history. He oversees the direction and management of assets and future investments. He works with Finjan’s executive management team to implement the shareholders’ vision of a public technology company and advance its position as a global leader in proactive behaviour-based cybersecurity technologies.

Mr Hartstein has held several technology and IP-related roles over the past 17 years. He has a BS in industrial technology from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo and is a named inventor and patent holder, with more than two dozen pending and issued patents across a number of disciplines. Mr Hartstein is working to establish standards for patent licensing through the Licensing Executives Society and a programme extending Finjan’s commitment to best practices. He was recently acknowledged as an accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute.
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Charles Hawkins
Assistant General Counsel, IP and Litigation, Volkswagen Group of America
Charles Hawkins is Assistant General Counsel for IP and Litigation at Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA), located in Herndon, Virginia. He is responsible for managing a variety of IP issues for the company, including handling issues relating to patent litigation defense, post-grant proceedings at the USPTO, patent licensing, and strategic patent portfolio management. Before joining VWGoA, Mr. Hawkins was an Attorney in private practice, where he represented clients in patent infringement litigation in the district courts, the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Hawkins was an Engineer for Chevron.
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Michael Hawkins
Partner, Fish & Richardson
Michael Hawkins is a Principal at Fish & Richardson, where his practice emphasizes post-grant proceedings, pre-suit investigations, U.S. and foreign patent portfolio strategy and management, IP licensing and agreements, and due diligence investigations. Mr. Hawkins is a specialist in America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings, representing a variety of patent owners and petitioners in more than 150 IP rights and covered business method proceedings, including serving as lead counsel for Google, ResMed, Huawei, BlackBerry, Roche Diabetes Care, Microsoft, and Arctic Cat in such PTAB trials. His AIA post-grant experience in challenging and defending patents—most commonly in coordination with litigation counsel amid co-pending litigation—continues to guide Mr. Hawkins in developing a range of strategic, cost-effective solutions for his clients to achieve their business goals and litigation objectives and settlements.
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Andrei Iancu
Director, USPTO
As director and undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu provides leadership to one of the world’s largest IP offices. He is also principal adviser to the secretary of commerce on US and international IP policy matters.

Before joining the USPTO, Mr Iancu was managing partner at Irell & Manella LLP, where his practice focused on IP litigation and he represented clients in various technical and scientific fields.

Mr Iancu’s work has been recognised by various publications, including Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. He has written and spoken publicly on a variety of IP issues.

Mr Iancu has a JD from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, where he has also taught patent law. He also has a master of science in mechanical engineering and a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from UCLA.
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Phil Johnson
Founder and Principal, Johnson-IP Strategy & Consulting
Phil Johnson is Principal of Johnson-IP Strategy and Policy Consulting, which he founded after his retirement in February 2017 as Johnson & Johnson’s Senior Vice President of IP Policy and Strategy. He chairs the Steering Committee of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform.

Mr. Johnson has frequently testified as an expert before both the House and the Senate Judiciary Committees about patent law reform, abusive patent litigation practices, IP-related sovereign immunity, and the state of patent eligibility in the United States.

Mr. Johnson’s awards include the Jefferson Medal (2013), the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association’s Distinguished Intellectual Property Practitioner award (May 2017), induction into the international IP Hall of Fame (June 2017), and the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Carl B. Horton President’s Distinguished Service Award (September 2017).

Mr. Johnson has a BSc cum laude with distinction in biology from Bucknell University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
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David Jones
Executive Director, High Tech Inventors Alliance
David W. Jones is Executive Director of the High Tech Inventors Alliance. Previously, Mr. Jones was Assistant General Counsel for Patent Policy at Microsoft, where he spent more than a decade handling both domestic and international patent issues. He previously held multiple positions on Capitol Hill, most recently as Antitrust and IP Counsel to Senator Orrin Hatch on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Jones has clerked for Chief Judge Sharon Prost on the Federal Circuit and Judge Will Garwood on the Fifth Circuit and is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.
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Joshua Landau
Patent Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association
Joshua Landau is Patent Counsel for the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA). He is responsible for the association’s patent policy work, including amicus briefs, comments on USPTO rulemakings, and engagement with stakeholders on the Hill and in the administration. Prior to joining the CCIA, Mr. Landau was a Patent Attorney at WilmerHale, where he litigated and prosecuted patents, and an Automotive Engineer at Motorola, where he developed transmission control systems.
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Rui Luo
Partner, Han Kun Law Firm
Rui Luo's practise focuses on IP litigation and other related dispute resolution matters in China. He has extensive experience litigating complex patent and high-tech trade secret disputes on behalf of multinational clients.

Mr Luo has represented many renowned multinational and domestic companies from a variety of industries, including Apple, Nokia, Phillips, Siemens, Emerson, EMC, Fairchild, Applied Materials, Sony, Nikon, Lenovo and Shanghai Electric. Through years of practice, Mr Luo's litigation experience has covered all types of IP-related disputes, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets and competition law. Mr Luo also has ample experience with patent invalidation proceedings before the Patent Re-examination Board of the China National IP Administration.

Before joining Han Kun in 2015, Mr Luo practised Chinese IP law for more than seven years in the Beijing offices of King & Wood Mallesons and Fangda Partners.
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Editor, IAM
Richard Lloyd is the Editor of IAM based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining IAM in February 2014, he was a Contributing Editor to The American Lawyer and a freelance journalist. Before moving to the United States in 2011, Mr. Lloyd was the Editor of Legal Business and prior to that was Chief European Correspondent for The American Lawyer.
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Scott McKeown
Partner, Ropes & Gray
Scott McKeown is a Partner in Ropes & Gray’s IP litigation practice and Chair of the firm’s PTAB practice. He focuses on post-grant patent counseling and litigation matters at the USPTO and related appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. McKeown is one of the most active PTAB Trial Attorneys in the United States, having handled more than 250 PTAB matters since 2012.

Mr. McKeown is recognized as a thought leader in the PTAB industry. He is a Law Lecturer at The George Washington University Law School, a member of the teaching faculty of the Practising Law Institute, and sits on the board of directors of the PTAB Bar Association. He maintains an award-winning blog, ‘,’ which examines developments in patent litigation, including issues relating to USPTO post-issuance proceedings.
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Mary Morry
Counsel, IP Litigation, Merck & Co., Inc.
Mary Morry has more than 25 years’ experience in the IP field, including more than 15 years at Merck & Co., Inc., where she has directed and managed worldwide patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas, including actions relating to products that generate billions of dollars in revenue. Ms. Morry was also the lead litigation attorney on international trademark litigation concerning the use of the mark MERCK online.

Ms. Morry’s work includes protecting IP rights, ensuring freedom to operate, and providing legal advice to senior management. She also advises on license and other types of agreement involving IP rights.
Ms. Morry has a JD from Columbia Law School, a PhD in molecular biology from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an MSc in information systems from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Ms. Morry has been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property and the IAM Strategy 300.
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Karin Norton
Vice President and Senior Counsel, Samsung Electronics
Karin J. Norton is Vice President and Senior Counsel at Samsung Electronics, based in Washington DC. She focuses on U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 investigations. Previously, Ms. Norton served as Senior Investigative Attorney at the Office of Unfair Import Investigations at the U.S. ITC and in private practice representing parties before the U.S. ITC and the district courts. Ms. Norton has lectured on Section 337 and is a regular speaker and commentator at seminars and conferences.
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Krishnan Padmanabhan
Partner, Winston & Strawn
Krishnan Padmanabhan is a Partner and Co-Chair of Winston & Strawn’s technology, media, and telecoms industry group. He is experienced in all aspects of patent litigation, including performing pre-filing investigations, handling complex discovery, preparing for and presenting at Markman hearings, working with fact and expert witnesses, and preparing and presenting cases for trial. In particular, Mr. Padmanabhan has significant experience representing telecoms providers and multiple-systems operators in patent litigation relating to interactive TV and multimedia delivery technologies in several of the leading patent jurisdictions.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Padmanabhan worked as an Engineer, focused on commercial and next generation semiconductor technology. He relies on this background to develop an in-depth understanding of clients’ businesses, and to apply that knowledge to develop creative solutions. He has been recognized by clients as “‘smart, insightful and hard-working’ and for having ‘a reputation for excellence.’”
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Laura Sheridan
Senior Patent Counsel, Google
Laura Sheridan is Senior Patent Counsel at Google, where she works on patent policy issues. She previously led a team focused on defining Google’s global patent portfolio strategy. Prior to joining Google, Ms. Sheridan was in private practice in New York, where she specialized in patent prosecution, litigation, IP due diligence, and post-grant practice before the Patent Office.

Ms. Sheridan is active in the IP community, serving as co-chair for the Intellectual Property Owners Association Women in IP Committee and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association Corporate Counsel Committee. She helped to form the New York chapter of ChIPs. Ms. Sheridan is also a member of the New York University School of Law Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy Advisory Board. She studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University and has a JD from Fordham Law School.
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Peter Waibel
Head, Patent Litigation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Peter Waibel is Vice President and Head of Patent Litigation for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Mr. Waibel is responsible for managing all aspects of patent litigation for Novartis’ innovator pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products in the United States and Canada, including the support of all Hatch-Waxman-related activities, such as Orange Book listings, Paragraph IV certifications, and other regulatory issues associated with patents and exclusivities. Before joining Novartis, Mr. Waibel was a Senior Patent Attorney for NovoNordisk after practicing patent law at Frommer, Lawrence and Haug. Before joining Frommer, Mr. Waibel worked in the pharmaceutical industry in numerous technical and regulatory areas engaged in a variety of activities in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and diagnostics industries before attending law school. Mr. Waibel holds a JD from Saint John’s University, an MS in applied mathematics and statistics from New York University, and an MS in medicinal chemistry from the Saint John’s University College of Pharmacy.
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Trenton Ward
Partner, Finnegan
Trenton Ward is a Partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Atlanta office. As a former Lead Administrative Patent Judge at the PTAB, he was on the front lines of the nascent post-grant review proceedings that have evolved into a prominent position in litigation and business strategies. He draws from his experience on the bench and as a practitioner to provide the highest level of counsel to clients in services ranging from litigation to prosecution and counseling.

Previously, Mr. Ward adjudicated more than 250 America Invents Act (AIA) trial proceedings. As a Lead Judge, he assisted the Chief Judge in the management of the PTAB, including formulating and executing policy for AIA trials and PTAB operations.

Mr. Ward’s current practice focuses on patent litigation, patent prosecution management, and client counseling across an array of technologies, including telecoms, semiconductor devices, medical devices, carbon nanotube devices, and sporting equipment.
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Brad Watts
Majority Chief Counsel and Staff Director, U.S. Senate
Brad Watts is Majority Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. As Majority Chief Counsel, he is responsible for planning and implementing the subcommittee’s legislative agenda. Prior to his appointment as Subcommittee Chief Counsel, Mr. Watts served as Chief Counsel in Senator Thom Tillis’s (R-North Carolina) personal office. Prior to that, he spent two years serving as Chief Immigration Counsel to then Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Mr. Watts began his career with then Senator Jeff Sessions as a Legislative Counsel on the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.
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John Whealan
Associate Dean, IP Law, George Washington University Law School
Before joining GW Law in 2008 as the Associate Dean for IP Law Studies, John M. Whealan worked for seven years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he served as Deputy General Counsel for IP law and a Solicitor. Mr. Whealan represented the USPTO in all IP litigation in the federal courts and advised the agency on a variety of policy issues. He assisted the U.S. Solicitor General on virtually every IP case to be heard by the Supreme Court since 2001. He also served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Prior to 2001, Mr. Whealan was a Staff Attorney for the U.S. International Trade Commission, where he litigated several investigations involving IP matters. Mr. Whealan has engaged in private practice at Fish & Neave in New York and worked as a design engineer for General Electric.
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