Patent Litigation 2019


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Tim Bedard
Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel, Visa
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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, General Counsel, Conversant IP
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Charles Duan
Director, Technology & 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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Maxine Graham
Vice President, Senior Counsel, American Express
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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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David Jones
Executive Director, High Tech Inventors Alliance
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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.
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Vaishali Udupa
Vice President, Associate General Counsel for IP Litigation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Peter Waibel
Head, Patent Litigation, Novartis Pharma
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Yan Wang
Partner, Han Kun Law Firm
Yan Wang is a Partner at Han Kun Law and Chair of its litigation and IP departments, which comprises more than 80 practitioners. He focuses on IP law in China and has extensive experience providing legal and business solutions to both domestic and multinational clients. He has served many multinational high-tech companies in China, including numerous Fortune Global 500 companies.

Mr Wang has worked on disputes relating to patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, data rights, IP standards and antitrust matters. He has represented clients before numerous Chinese courts, including the Supreme People's Court, the China National IP Administration, the Chinese Trademark Office and many other Chinese administrative agencies. His work covers various technology fields, such as telecoms, semiconductors, computer software, electronics, cryptology, chemistry, petro chemistry, medical devices and biological sciences.

Mr Wang has a JD from Columbia Law School and a master’s in electrical and electronics engineering from Yale University.
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Brad Watts
Majority Chief Counsel, Staff Director, Senate