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Patent Disputes Forum 2019

Gabrielle Gaudet
 •  $185 - $240

Is Change the New Normal?

Our 2019 Patent Disputes Forum is a full-day conference, rich in valuable strategic information, which will ensure you are prepared for upcoming developments and challenges in the IP landscape. This conference is for corporate counsel, intellectual property litigators, and those involved in the ever-shifting Patent environment. Delegates will walk away armed with insights concerning key IP issues that impact their clients, companies and careers.

About our Keynote

Ruby Zefo

Chief Privacy Officer, Uber

Ruby Zefo joined Uber in 2018 and serves as its first Chief Privacy Officer.  Her team’s mission statement is to drive Uber’s efforts to be a trusted steward of users’ personal data in every market where Uber operates. She also serves as a member of IAPP’s Board of Directors.

Ruby began her law career as an IP and commercial litigator at Fenwick & West.  She later joined Sun Microsystems, specializing in licensing, marketing, and trademark law. Prior to joining Uber, Ruby served as Vice President and Chief Privacy & Security Counsel at Intel Corporation.

Ruby has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.  She is a frequent speaker on legal practice and leadership topics.

About Our Chairs

Kathi Vidal

Managing Partner, Silicon Valley, Winston & Strawn LLP

Managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, Kathi Vidal is one of the leading patent litigators in the country. Nationally recognized for trying high-profile, high-stakes, and high-tech patent disputes for the region’s leading companies. In addition to protecting innovative companies through offensive patent actions to preserve their market or through innovative strategies to efficiently resolve defensive patent actions, Kathi advises clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups both inside and outside of the courtroom.


Danielle Williams

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Danielle Williams is a litigation partner in the firm’s Charlotte office. An experienced trial and arbitration attorney, Ms. Williams has handled a wide range of business disputes, including patent infringement, securities fraud, and complex contract matters in a number of federal and state courts. Ms. Williams has extensive experience in handling high-risk, multi-patent, multi-product, and multi-defendant cases in a broad range of technologies, in federal courts across the country. She regularly advises clients regarding various pre-suit patent litigation issues, including indemnity obligations and declaratory judgment options.


Jared Bobrow

Partner, Co-Chair of Global Intellectual Property Practice Group, Orrick

Jared Bobrow, co-chair of Orrick’s global Intellectual Property practice group, handles all aspects of complex patent and technology-related litigation. Mr. Bobrow is a hands-on litigator who learns and develops the critical facts, masters the technology and law, and weaves the facts and law into a story that a judge or jury will understand and embrace. Chambers ranks Mr. Bobrow as Band 1 for Intellectual Property: Patent, with sources describing him as “a phenomenal practitioner; one of the smartest lawyers you will ever meet” “who handles complex matters and gets great results” and is “probably the finest patent litigator I have ever worked with. He has a keen intellect and a good sense of what will resonate with judges and juries.”


Michael Headley

Managing Principal, Silicon Valley, Fish & Richardson

Michael Headley, the Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley office, is a trial lawyer specializing in complex disputes related to intellectual property across a broad range of technologies.  A Stanford alum with start-up experience and more than a dozen jury and bench trials to date, he has tried cases and counseled clients through disputes involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, unfair competition, and other technology-related issues in courts from Delaware to San Francisco to China.  In 2015, Mr. Headley obtained a $139 million verdict for Power Integrations against Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the largest jury verdicts of the year.  In 2016, the California Daily Journal named Mr. Headley one of the “Top IP Lawyers in California.”


Katie Prescott

Principal, Fish & Richardson

Katie Prescott is a Principal in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson. Her practice focuses on patent and trade secret litigation with an emphasis on software, network and Internet technologies. Ms. Prescott has experience before federal courts nationwide and she has handled all aspects of litigation, including pre-suit investigations, complaint preparation, fact and expert discovery, claim construction, summary judgment hearings, mediations, trial, design around, injunction contingency planning, and appeal. Her experience also includes leading large joint defense groups, coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation, and negotiating litigation settlements.

About Our Advisor

Shelly Irvine

Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

For the past 20 years Ms. Irvine has assessed and quantified damages and testified in connection with patent, copyright and trademark infringement disputes and trade secrets misappropriation matters.  Ms. Irvine is skilled at incorporating current and evolving damages case law in assessing intellectual property damages, including appropriate use of the analytical approach and evaluation of the smallest salable patent practicing unit in quantifying damages. She has reviewed thousands of license agreements in many different industries throughout the course of her career, providing a broad frame of reference for royalty rates in many industries and fields.

With her significant damages work in the intellectual property disputes field and a background accounting, finance and economics, Ms. Irvine is uniquely positioned to understand and assist companies, licensing entities and private equity in the management and valuation of their intellectual property. This includes preparation of business plans, benchmarking and best practices, IP valuation (for financing or to buy or sell IP) and technology commercialization/value extraction strategies through partnerships and joint ventures.  In the context of technology transfer, Ms. Irvine has assisted clients in assessing reasonable royalty rates and structuring licensing terms for negotiations between potential equity partners in technology transactions.  In addition, Ms. Irvine has performed royalty inspections to determine compliance with licensing agreement terms.  Ms. Irvine has extensive experience with Standards Essential Patents (“SEPs”) and determining Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (“FRAND”) rates in the areas of telecom, networking and audio/ video codecs.

Ms. Irvine has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Santa Clara University and an MBA in Finance from University of California Berkeley.

About our Panelists

Hon. Alan Albright

District Judge, United States District Court, Western District of Texas

Judge Alan Albright is the sitting federal district judge for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division. Judge Albright was nominated by President Trump on January 24, 2018 and confirmed on September 6. He was sworn in on September 18.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Albright was a partner in the Austin office of Bracewell, LLP.  He practiced IP litigation and handled trials in both federal courts and the ITC.  Judge Albright served as a United States Magistrate Judge from 1992-99. Before practicing law in Austin, he earned a BA in Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review. Following law school, Judge Albright clerked for The Honorable James R. Nowlin who was a United States District Judge in Austin, Texas. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at The University of Texas School of Law. He was recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has two sons who are in high school and he is an avid runner and cyclist.


Micah Block

Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Mr. Micah Block is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, practicing in Northern California. His civil trial practice focuses on intellectual property, antitrust and class action defense matters, and he has prevailed on behalf of both plaintiff and defense clients in cases tried to jury verdicts.

Mr. Block’s trial and hearing experience includes oral arguments in federal district and appeals courts on procedural and dispositive motions, as well as numerous successful direct and cross-examinations at trial. He has also frequently served as lead author on his clients’ most critical briefs, including at summary judgment, post-trial and on appeal.

Mr. Block graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Ethics, Politics & Economics and earned his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.  He clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.



Danielle Coleman

Litigation Counsel, VMware

Danielle Coleman is Litigation Counsel at VMware, where she oversees global commercial and intellectual property litigation.  Prior to joining VMware, Danielle was Director, Global Litigation at Applied Materials.  Danielle also formerly was a litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP, focusing on intellectual property matters.  She previously was a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Alsup, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California.  Prior to law school, she worked at pharmaceutical companies performing biochemical research, and she is an inventor on four U.S. patents.

Danielle received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, and she received her juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Alameda County Community Food Bank and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Alameda Health System Foundation.


Jeremy Elman

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney

Jeremy Elman is a Partner in Dorsey & Whitney’s IP Litigation practice. His practice focuses on patent litigation, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.  Elman has represented many of the world’s largest technology companies and consumer brands in disputes over market-leading technologies in consumer electronics, software, gaming, and semiconductors, as well as advising various emerging companies as both a litigator and counselor on new technologies.  Elman has been recognized as “Most Effective Lawyer” by Daily Business Review and Top 20 in Cyber/AI by the Daily Journal.


Anthony J. Ferrante

Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Cybersecurity, FTI Consulting

Anthony J. Ferrante is a Senior Managing Director and the Global Head of Cybersecurity at FTI Consulting. Mr. Ferrante is an expert in cybersecurity resilience, prevention, response, remediation and recovery services.

Mr. Ferrante has more than 15 years of top‐level cybersecurity experience, providing incident response and preparedness planning to more than 1,000 private sector and government organizations, including more than 175 Fortune 500 companies and 70 Fortune 100 companies.

Mr. Ferrante maintains first‐hand operational knowledge of more than 60 criminal and national security cyber threat sets, and extensive practical expertise researching, designing, developing and hacking complex technical applications and hardware systems.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Ferrante served as Director for Cyber Incident Response at the U.S. National Security Council at the White House where he coordinated U.S. response to unfolding domestic and international cybersecurity crises and issues. Building on his extensive cybersecurity and incident response experience, he led the development and implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 41 –United States Cyber Incident Coordination, the federal government’s national policy guiding cyber incident response efforts.

Before joining the National Security Council, Mr. Ferrante was Chief of Staff of the FBI’s Cyber Division. He joined the FBI as a special agent in 2005, assigned to the FBI’s New York Field Office. In 2006, Mr. Ferrante was selected as a member of the FBI’s Cyber Action Team, a fly-team of experts who deploy globally to respond to the most critical cyber incidents on behalf of the U.S. Government.

Mr. Ferrante previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where he served as the founder and co-director of the Master’s of Science in Cybersecurity program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. During his time at Fordham University, he served as the co-director of the undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity research programs.


Mark Flanagan

Partner-in-Charge, Palo Alto Office,  WilmerHale

Mark Flanagan is the partner-in-charge of WilmerHale’s Palo Alto office and a member of its intellectual property litigation and investigations and criminal litigation practice groups.  A former Assistant United States Attorney, Mark is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, government investigations/white collar defense and international arbitration.  Mark is also a lecturer at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where he teaches a course on cybercrime and digital evidence.  Among his many accolades, he has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top IP litigators in California and has been included in the 2013-2019 editions of the Best Lawyers in America.


Hon. Beth Labson Freeman

District Judge, Federal Court in the Northern District of California

Judge Beth Labson Freeman is a Judge on the Federal Court in the Northern District of California, appointed by President Obama in 2014.  Judge Freeman sits in the San Jose Division, hearing a broad array of cases including antitrust, civil rights, consumer class actions, commercial litigation and technology cases including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases.  She serves on the Northern District’s patent local rules and jury instruction committees. Judge Freeman previously was a Superior Court Judge in San Mateo County, California from 2001 to 2014. Judge Freeman served as Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge of the San Mateo Court.

Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2001, Judge Freeman was deputy county counsel in San Mateo County, and an associate attorney at Lasky, Haas and Cohler in San Francisco and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson in Washington, D.C. Judge Freeman is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and University of California, Berkeley


Diane Gabl Kratz

Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Seagate Technology

Diane Gabl Kratz is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Seagate Technology’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.  A USPTO-registered patent attorney, she manages the patent portfolio for the Consumer Products and Media business units, advising on strategy, prosecution, litigation, and IP-related transactions.  She also manages Seagate’s global trademark portfolio, leading strategy and handling enforcement of trademark, copyright, and domain name rights.

Previously, Diane was in private practice at the Silicon Valley offices of international law firms Morrison & Foerster LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.  There, she focused on IP litigation in industries such as semiconductors, software, telecom, consumer electronics, and medical devices.

A four-time Super Lawyers Rising Star, Diane regularly speaks at conferences and has been featured as a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Management Science & Engineering Department, the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and as a faculty speaker at Practising Law Institute (PLI).  She also serves as a Global Advisory Board Member for the Women In Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF).

Diane received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and graduated early from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Physics.


Hon. Jay C. Gandhi (Ret.)

Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS

Hon. Jay C. Gandhi (Ret.) is a JAMS mediator and arbitrator.  Judge Gandhi previously served eight years as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Los Angeles.  Judge Gandhi was a highly sought-after settlement judge and was hailed by colleagues and counsel as a “closer.”  Judge Gandhi was also an active trial judge known for his impartiality and fairness.  Judge Gandhi has received several awards for his leadership in the law.  Before the bench, Judge Gandhi was a partner at Paul Hastings LLP.  Judge Gandhi spent 12 years litigating high-profile, high-dollar commercial cases and MDL/class actions across the country.  Prior to Paul Hastings, Judge Gandhi was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt, and graduated Order of the Coif from the USC Law School.


Meg Kammerud

Vice President of Legal, Shape Security

Meg Kammerud serves as Vice President of Legal and a member of the executive team at Shape Security, a cybersecurity company protecting the world’s largest banks, retailers, airlines, and government agencies against AI-based imitation attacks on websites and mobile applications. Prior to joining Shape, Meg served as Associate General Counsel at MobileIron, a publicly-traded enterprise mobility management company.  She previously was in private practice at Steptoe & Johnson and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, where she represented clients in courts across the U.S. in complex patent, copyright, and trade secret litigations.  Meg clerked for the Honorable Gene Pratter on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania after graduating cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Jeff Kichaven

Principal Mediator, Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation

Jeff Kichaven is “Ranked in Chambers (USA) 2018” as one of the country’s top mediators.  He has a nationwide practice and extensive experience and expertise in IP cases. He has been honored as California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in ADR and has been named to the Daily Journal’s list of California’s Top Neutrals eight times. In 2015, Best Lawyers named him the Best Mediation Lawyer in Los Angeles. He is an Honors Graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D. Cum Laude, 1980) and a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (A.B. Economics, 1977).  He is also a member of the American Law Institute and has taught the Master Class for Mediators for his alma mater, Harvard Law.  He has served as Chair of the ADR Committee in the ABA Section of IP Law and as Chair of the Entertainment Law and IP Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  His views on mediation have been cited in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.


Doug Lumish

Vice Chair, Litigation & Trial Department, Latham & Watkins LLP

Doug Lumish is lauded as one of the nation’s top patent trial lawyers and has served as lead trial counsel on numerous matters for the country’s preeminent technology companies. In this role he has won jury trials and summary judgments for plaintiffs and defendants alike, and has defeated billions of dollars in patent infringement claims against his clients. He is Vice Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department and is the former Global Co-Chair of Latham’s IP Litigation Practice.


Robert B. Lytle

Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Robert B. Lytle is an Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation.  His practice focuses on patent litigation.  Mr. Lytle was previously a partner at Howrey, and a shareholder at Arnold, White & Durkee.  Mr. Lytle clerked for the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Mr. Lytle received his J.D. from Columbia Law School where he served as an editor for the Columbia Law Review.  Mr. Lytle has also served as an adjunct professor at two law schools and has frequently lectured on intellectual property related topics.


Olga V. Mack

Vice President Strategy, Quantstamp, Inc.

Olga V. Mack is a blockchain and distributed ledger technology strategist and security professional. She is currently Vice President of Strategy at Quantstamp, the first decentralized security auditing blockchain platform. Olga was instrumental in passing AB 2658 and SB 838, which define blockchain and form a working blockchain group in California. She co-authored Fundamentals of Smart Contracts Security (Momentum Press, March 2019) and she is writing a book about blockchain and distributed ledger technology business models. Olga leads the Smart Contracts Security Alliance to help enterprises innovate in blockchain securely. She spoke at TEDxSanFrancisco about the impact potential of blockchain and smart contracts and will speak at SXSW about blockchain business models. Olga was previously General Counsel at ClearSlide. She also worked at Visa, Yahoo, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.


Fabio E. Marino

Chair of IP Litigation, Polsinelli LLP  

Fabio Marino is an experienced intellectual property trial lawyer who tries high-stakes patent, trade secrets, and copyright cases across the United States and argues appeals at the Federal Circuit.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Fabio earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and worked in the industry as a software architect. Fabio serves as Vice Chair of the Polsinelli’s Intellectual Property department, chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation practice and Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices.




Robert McCauley

Palo Alto Managing Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Robert McCauley serves as managing partner of Finnegan’s Palo Alto office and co-leader of the trade secret litigation section. He is a seasoned litigator with extensive courtroom experience handling patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation. A former deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County, Rob litigates in various courts across the country, most often in the Northern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and California superior courts. He works on cases involving complex legal issues and a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals; medical devices; software and semiconductor devices (including flash memory); off-road and racing vehicle suspension systems; and liquid cooling for data centers. Rob regularly speaks at legal seminars regarding intellectual property litigation.


Hon. Maryellen Noreika

District Judge, United States District Court, District of Delaware

The Honorable Maryellen Noreika was sworn in as a District Judge on August 10, 2018. Prior to that time, Judge Noreika was a partner at the law firm Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in Wilmington, Delaware, where her practice focused on intellectual property litigation and unfair competition cases. Judge Noreika graduated from Lehigh University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in biology, and she earned her Master of Arts in biology from Columbia University in 1990. Judge Noreika graduated magna cum laude from University of Pittsburgh, School of Law in 1993.


Ashok Ramani

Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Mr. Ashok Ramani is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, practicing in Northern California. He is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice on patent and trade-secret litigation and investigations. Leading publications, including Chambers and the Daily Journal, have repeatedly recognized Mr. Ramani as among the country’s best IP lawyers. Mr. Ramani also has substantial experience defending class actions and handling complex commercial disputes, including arbitrations.

Mr. Ramani has tried 17 jury and bench trials in federal and state courts nationwide. For his defense clients, representative results include a complete defense verdict in a four-patent case and a walk-away settlement mid-trial in a trade-secret case. For his plaintiff clients, representative results include a permanent injunction in a competitor patent case and a nine-figure settlement after a favorable jury verdict in a trade-secret trial.

Outside of Davis Polk, Mr. Ramani is active in the legal community. He currently serves on the Lawyers Representative Committee for the Northern District of California and is a member of the N.D. Cal. Patent Instructions and Rules Attorney Advisory Committee. He also presently serves as board chair of Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, the nation’s premier nonprofit dedicated to assisting low-income Asian Americans and other immigrants with legal issues.

Mr. Ramani graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley before earning his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. He clerked for the Honorable Henry Kennedy, Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


Kim Schenk   

Principal, Charles River Associates

Ms. Schenk’s practice focuses on financial and economic analysis and expert witness testimony in intellectual property litigation matters.  She has more than 15 years of experience spanning a wide variety of industries and including evaluation of lost profit and reasonable royalty damages, commercial success, and irreparable harm.  She has testified in deposition and trial, in matters in Federal and State Court.  In addition to her experience in intellectual property matters, Ms. Schenk has performed damages assessments for a variety of other types of business disputes, including breach of contract litigation and false marking. She has also been involved in valuations of privately held businesses, patents and patent portfolios, trademarks, non-competition agreements, and other intangible assets.  Ms. Schenk is a Certified Public Accountant, and she is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Global IP Project.


Mark Selwyn

Partner, WilmerHale

Mark Selwyn is a partner at WilmerHale in the Litigation/Controversy Department, co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  He has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of intellectual property in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2018 editions. Sources say “he is one of the hardest-working practitioners around” and is “top notch.” Major corporations have relied on him to litigate biomedical, electrical, chemical, mechanical, and business method patents involving a diverse array of technologies, including wireless communications, electronic commerce, digital cameras, solid state disk drives, location sensing, biosensors, water and wastewater filtration, integrated circuits and angioplasty catheters. He has represented clients in dozens of patent and other intellectual property cases in federal courts throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission. Mr. Selwyn counts among his clients many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent technology companies.


Bryan Sinclair 

Sr. Director of IP Litigation, Cisco

Bryan Sinclair is the Sr. Director of IP Litigation at Cisco where he oversees a very talented team and the management of all of Cisco’s patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation in U.S. District Courts, the ITC, PTAB, Federal Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court as well as foreign jurisdictions.  Prior to joining Cisco, Bryan was an IP litigation partner in K&L Gates Palo Alto office for over seven years and practiced in several other international law firms over the course of the last 25 years.  Following law school, he started his legal career as a judicial clerk for one of the finest jurists to ever serve the Federal Judiciary – the Honorable Peter T. Fay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.


Darin Snyder

Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Darin Snyder is O’Melveny’s Regional Head of Litigation for Northern California.  He has thirty years’ experience in intellectual property and technology-intensive litigation. Darin also serves as O’Melveny’s Diversity and Inclusion Partner.  The Daily Journal has repeatedly named Darin one of the top 75 IP litigators in California, including in 2018.  The National Law Journal named him among its 2017 “Winning Litigators” for a jury trial win for Google.  The Legal 500 has repeatedly acknowledged Darin for his work in IP litigation.  And Best Lawyers in America lists Darin in IP Litigation and Patent Law.


Andrew Thomases

Chair, IP litigation practice, Ropes & Gray

Andrew Thomases is chair of Ropes & Gray’s IP litigation practice, co-head of the firm’s technology, media & telecommunications group, and a nationally-recognized, first-chair trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience litigating complex patent and trade secret cases in federal courts throughout the country, as well as before the International Trade Commission. He has achieved numerous successes for companies in the fields of computer technology, semiconductors, wireless technology and medical devices, among other areas. Andrew has been recognized as a “leading lawyer” in patent litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and has been named among the “Top IP Litigators” in California by the Daily Journal. In addition, Andrew was recently recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America.


Rosewood Sand Hill

2825 Sand Hill Rd
Menlo Park, CA 94025


Registration & Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Introduction by Chairs

8:50 am - 9:00 am

General and Patent Counsel Panel

9:00 am - 10:00 am


Katie Prescott, Principal, Fish & Richardson


Stephen Adams, Vice President, Litigation, Protection and Compliance, Applied Materials

Mary Huser,  Plantronics

Diane Gabl Kratz, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Seagate Technology

Meg Kammerud, VP Legal, Shape Security

The Mediation - What Happens in the Mediation of Patent Cases

10:00 am - 11:00 am


Michael Headley, Managing Principal, Silicon ValleyFish & Richardson


Danielle Coleman, Litigation Counsel, VMware

Hon. Jay C. Gandhi (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS

Jeff Kichaven, Principal Mediator, Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation

Darin Snyder, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Sarita Venkat, Senior Director, ServiceNow


Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:10 am

Adapting Cybersecurity Tactics for the Interconnected World

11:10 am - 12:00 pm


Ash Upreti, Director, Legal, Lyft


Anthony Ferrante, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Cybersecurity, FTI Consulting

Mark Flanagan, Partner-in-Charge Palo Alto Office, WilmerHale

Olga Mack, Vice President Strategy, Quantstamp, Inc.

George Simion, Associate General Counsel, Senior Director of Intellectual Property, Palo Alto Networks

Andy Song, General Counsel, Manifold


Keynote Luncheon

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Ruby Zefo, Chief Privacy Officer, Uber

Join us for a discussion with Uber’s first ever Chief Privacy Officer.  As technology continues to outpace the law, Ruby Zefo is at the helm, guiding Uber on how to navigate the waters not only on the laws, but on consumer experiences. Zefo is focusing beyond compliance and on creating trusted relationships with both drivers and riders.

Interviewed by:

Kathi Vidal, Managing Partner, Silicon Valley, Winston & Strawn LLP


Patent Damages

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm


Danielle Williams, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP


Doug Lumish, Partner, Latham & Watkins

Rob Lytle, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

Kim Schenk, Principal, Charles River Associates

Mark Selwyn, Partner, WilmerHale

Bryan Sinclair, Senior Director, IP Litigation, Cisco


Patent Eligibility and FRAND: Recent Developments and the Impact of Agency Action

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Few areas of patent litigation change more rapidly, and draw more attention, than patent eligibility and FRAND.  Recently, change has been spurred by guidance and comments from the Patent Office and the Department of Justice. The panel will explore hot topics in the field of Section 101, standard-essential patents, and the impact of agency action on patent enforcement.


Jared Bobrow, Partner, IP Co-Chair, Orrick


Micah Block, Partner, Davis Polk

Fabio E. Marino, Chair of IP Litigation, Polsinelli LLP

Phil Ou, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP

Leah Waterland, Director, Legal, IP Litigation, Cisco


Networking Break

3:00 pm - 3:10 pm

Willful Infringement: More than two years after Halo, how are practitioners advising their counsel on willfulness issues?

3:10 pm - 4:00 pm

In-house counsel from different industries will ask practitioners what advice they are giving to their clients on willfulness.  Does the advice vary depending on whether the client has received a notice letter or request for license, is conducting clearance searches or if the client has been sued?  As to the latter, does it matter if the client had pre-suit notice of the patent?  When does the risk of a finding of willful infringement justify obtaining an opinion of counsel?  What considerations should companies weigh?  How can companies get creative?


Cyndi Wheeler, Director, Intellectual Property, Slack


Jeremy Elman, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney

Rob McCauley, Palo Alto Managing Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Ashok Ramani, Partner, Davis Polk

Andrew Thomases, Partner, Ropes & Gray


Judicial Panel: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

In our evolving legal landscape, where the Patent and Trademark Office is evolving its practices for parallel proceedings and its guidance on the law, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice is changing its statement with regard to standard setting bodies, and where the Supreme Court continues to take patent cases on cert, our Federal Judges sit on the front line.  What are the courts seeing in terms of arguments and what orders are they issuing to help them manage their dockets and most efficiently and effectively address parties’ legal issues?  What is their advice for the parties that appear before them? What creative solutions have they seen?


Kathi Vidal, Managing Partner, Silicon Valley, Winston & Strawn LLP


Hon. Alan Albright, District Judge, United States District Court, Western District of Texas

Hon. Beth Freeman, District Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Hon. Maryellen Noreika, District Judge, United States District Court, District of Delaware


Networking Reception

4:45 pm






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