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Patent Disputes Forum

Austin Holian
 •  $185 - $240

Our 2018 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 Keynotes

For this year’s keynote, we are pleased to present Sherry Salmons and Tom Melsheimer, who are at the forefront of understanding how to try cases to juries.

Sherry Salmons has conducted over 800 mock trials and recently celebrated working on her 100th case with Microsoft as the company’s trusted partner. Based on her extensive experience, Dr. Salmons has developed a variety of techniques and methodologies that help analyze important case themes, simplify complex facts and shape powerful storylines. By understanding key case issues and by shaping and testing compelling narratives, Dr. Salmons and her team are able to identify what drives juror decision-making.

Dr. Salmons founded Salmons Consulting, a premier litigation consulting firm focused on serving the comprehensive litigation needs of Fortune 100 Corporations in 2012.  Salmons Consulting specializes in mock trial research, opening and closing statement development, witness preparation, creative story development, community attitude surveys, juror profiling and jury selection.

Dr. Salmons has presented at conferences and national meetings including Inns of Court, the American Corporate Counsel Association and the American Society of Trial Consultants. She has also been a guest commentator on CNN, Fox, CNBC and ABC programs. Sherry has significant experience in antitrust, intellectual property, securities, product liability and breach of contract matters.

Tom Melsheimer is a trial lawyer and the managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s Dallas office.  Described as “one of the most sought after trial lawyers in the country” by the publishers of The American Lawyer, “a celebrated storyteller” by the founder of The American Lawyer, and as a “game changing ringer” by another national legal publication, Tom has an unusually broad and extensive jury trial experience.  On the civil side, he has tried to verdict cases involving patent infringement, trade secrets, insider trading, antitrust, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, product liability, and FCA violations. On the criminal side, he has tried to verdict cases involving bank fraud, public corruption, copyright infringement, and kidnapping. Tom’s jury trials include successfully representing plaintiffs and defendants on both coasts and throughout Texas.

Tom was lead trial counsel for billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban in the widely publicized insider trading case brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The jury cleared Mr. Cuban of any wrongdoing following a three-week trial in Dallas federal court. Tom has represented Mr. Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks, and other Cuban business interests since 2000.

Tom and co-counsel from the Texas Attorney General’s office helped the state secure the largest Medicaid fraud settlement in Texas history. The $158 million settlement reached during trial followed claims of illegal marketing practices associated with the prescription drug Risperdal®. His work in the case was featured in a 15-part series authored by acclaimed legal journalist Steven Brill and published by the Huffington Post in 2015.

Mr. Melsheimer is also the author of a widely acclaimed book on trying cases before a jury, On the Jury Trial. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall provided a glowing review as part of Law360’s Expert Analysis series, calling the book “a breath of fresh air” and “an impressive and easily digestible manual that provides the basics of each stage of the trial.” The American Lawyer also gave the book a rave review.


About our Chairs

William F.  Abrams   

Member, Foster Pepper PLLC

Bill is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and advisor to technology and other businesses. He has been lead counsel in nearly 100 federal and state patent, trade secret and other intellectual property cases since 2000, including trials, arbitrations and appeals involving trade secrets, interference, unfair competition, false advertising, licensing, patent infringement, defamation, privacy and trademarks. He represents public and private companies, start-ups and emerging companies, and individuals in industries including software, hardware, internet and media, artificial intelligence, higher education and research, artificial intelligence, satellite and space, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, financial institutions and telecommunications.

Bill also maintains an active pro bono practice. His cases have involved representation of death row inmates, wrongful convictions, special education, foster care, First Amendment issues, Second Amendment and firearm regulation, privacy, prison conditions, affirmative action, asylum and adoption.

Bill is recognized by the highly regarded Chambers USA legal directory and described as “frankly brilliant at what he does; he finds the fight his client can fight, and performs very well.”

Bill is member of the Stanford faculty, where he has taught courses on Science, Innovation and the Law; Justice, Science and Policy Making; The Death Penalty; Children, Youth and the Law; Courage; and Sex and the Law since 1996. 




Leeron G. Kalay   

Principal, Fish & Richardson  

Leeron Kalay is a Principal in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson. His practice emphasizes patent litigation in a number of technology fields.  In addition to handling litigation matters, Mr. Kalay counsels clients’ patent-related matters including portfolio analyses for acquisition or assertion, IP-related due-diligence, and other pre-litigation activities.  Mr. Kalay has successfully represented a variety of clients in the software, wireless, semiconductor, medical device, and turbocharger industries.

Mr. Kalay previously served as a Legal Clerk at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (2002).  He has been named a Northern California Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers since 2010.


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.  When he is not in court, Mr. Headley works with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), where he is a faculty member.​


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.



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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.




About our Panelists

Brooks Beard  

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel – Litigation, Employment, Cybersecurity and Regulatory Compliance, VMware

Brooks Beard oversees a global team of legal professions covering subject matter areas such as litigation, government inquiries and investigations, employment law issues, cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, and VMware’s Dawn Raid Program.  He is also a member of VMware’s Cybersecurity Response Team, Emergency Response Team, and Crisis Management Team.  Mr. Beard previously served for a year as the interim lead of VMware’s global Ethics & Compliance Team.  Mr. Beard joined VMware in 2014 after spending 18 years in private practice, including 17 years at Morrison & Foerster in its San Francisco office, where he became a partner in January 2005.  While at Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Beard had a broad-based litigation practice representing clients in state and federal court, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies, focusing on intellectual property (patent, trademark, and trade secrets), false advertising, environmental, breach of contract, trade secret, white collar criminal, and civil rights matters, among other types of matters.  Mr. Beard received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, his J.D., cum laude, from Vermont Law School, and his LL.M., with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center.



Yar R. Chaikovsky

Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

Yar R. Chaikovsky is Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office.  He is recognized as one of the top patent trial lawyers in the nation. Law260 recently recognized him as a Technology MVP and as a Trial Pro. The National Law Journal has recognized him as a “Winning Litigator” and for a second time as an “Intellectual Property Trailblazer.”  Yar has been recognized by a number of other publications, including Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500, Intellectual Asset Management recommended for both district court and ITC matters, The Daily Journal, and Managing Intellectual Property.



Taj J. Clayton   
Partner, Chair, Domestic ADR Practice, Winston & Strawn LLP 

Taj Clayton is a partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP, where he focuses on complex litigation. He is the Chair of the firm’s Domestic ADR Practice.

Taj has been honored as a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers and as a Minority Business Leader by the Dallas Business Journal.  He has been featured in the Profiles in Diversity Journal with top national African-American executives. He is a 2017 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Taj graduated from Harvard College and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Taj serves on the Board of Directors for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution as well as the national Board of Directors for Girls, Inc. Taj was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 2012.


Hon. Matthew R. Clements

Lead Administrative Patent Judge, PTAB United States Patent and Trademark Office

Matt Clements is a Lead Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the Silicon Valley office.  He earned his law degree from Columbia Law School.  He also earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University.  Prior to his appointment in March 2013, Judge Clements served with the law firm Ropes & Gray LLP where he practiced intellectual property law with broad experience in patent litigation, patent prosecution, and technology transactions.



Raymond R. Ferrell

EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, DexYP 

Ray Ferrell is the Executive Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of DexYP. Mr. Ferrell provides legal services and advice regarding digital/I.P. transactional matters, sales/marketing, securities, general corporate, board-related matters, M&A, employment, compliance, litigation, and public policy. He maintains particular focus on digital issues, and works with his business partners to enhance and create high-performance digital products and services for advertisers and consumers.  Prior to DexYP, he was Senior Counsel – Vice President in the American Express General Counsel’s office for more than eight years. Prior to joining Amex, he worked in private practice in New York City and New Jersey, specializing in corporate securities, technology law, and commercial card work. Ray is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.



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Partner in Charge, Palo Alto Office, WilmerHale

Mark Flanagan is the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Palo Alto office, a partner in the firm’s Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation, International Arbitration, International Litigation, and Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Flanagan is a seasoned trial attorney with in-depth experience in IP litigation, white collar criminal defense and international arbitration. He represents clients principally in the semiconductor, computer, telecommunications, clean tech and publishing industries in a variety of matters, including patent and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and licensing disputes. His practice spans a variety of jurisdictions and fora, including district and appellate courts throughout the country and arbitration organizations throughout the world. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Flanagan served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California.



Hon.  Beth Labson Freeman                                                                                      

District Judge, United States District Court,

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


Ansel Halliburton

Full Stack Legal Engineer, A3 by Airbus

Ansel Halliburton is a Full Stack Legal Engineer at A^3 by Airbus, where he is developing a contract analytics platform leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques. Also a lawyer, Ansel has represented individuals and companies in intellectual property and Internet litigation, and counseled early and mid-stage startups on corporate transactions and intellectual property strategy. Earlier in his career, Ansel wrote the first code for Lex Machina, a leading IP litigation analytics company, before it was acquired by LexisNexis. Ansel is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Davis School of Law.




Justin Hendrix

Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Justin Hendrix is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Palo Alto office. He litigates IP cases that often involve technologies relating to medical devices, semiconductors, telecommunications, and consumer electronics, drawing on insight gained as a law clerk at the Federal Circuit. Much of the technical knowledge Justin has developed in his practice is built on his experience as an engineer in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force.




Benjamin J.  Hodges

Member, Foster Pepper PLLC

Ben Hodges is a member of Foster Pepper’s Intellectual Property and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices. He is a registered patent attorney and focuses on IP Litigation and post grant IP matters. Ben’s experience includes managing complex civil litigation cases, including patent, trademark and trade dress, copyright and breach of contract cases. He has represented clients in industries including apparel, biology, consumer products, electronic commerce, engineering, food and beverage, internet, mobile applications and payments, optics, physics, software, sports and recreational gear, and telecommunications. Ben earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law – Columbia and his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.




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Principal Mediator, Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation

Jeff Kichaven is an independent mediator with 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.


Diane Gabl Kratz

Senior Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property
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 group, 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 throughout the West Coast and has been featured as a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Management Science & Engineering Department and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  She was recently honored to be the keynote speaker for IPfolio’s IPforward Dinner & Discussion series, speaking on “Strategically Insane: When to Ignore Conventional Wisdom to Win IP Litigation”.

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.


Deanna L. Kwong
IP Litigation Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Deanna Kwong is IP Litigation Counsel within the Office of the General Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company.  She and the rest of the IP Litigation team are responsible for managing all IP lawsuits that are filed against or by HPE in the U.S., and supporting all IP disputes worldwide.  Prior to joining HPE, Deanna was a patent litigator for over a decade in private practice.  In her spare time, Deanna enjoys training for and running marathons and ultramarathons.


Mark LeHocky
Mediator & Arbitrator, Judicate West

Mark LeHocky is a former litigator specializing in IP, antitrust and other business tort disputes, the former general counsel to two public companies, and a full-time mediator and arbitrator with Judicate West focusing on IP and other complex matters.  Mark has been mediating for two decades, first at the request of the Northern District of California federal court, and since 2012 as a full-time neutral. Mark received his law degree from the University of California Berkeley School of Law and his undergraduate degree from U.C.L.A.

Named among the Best Lawyers in America for Mediation for several years by U.S. News-Best Lawyersã, Mark has also taught Mediation Advocacy at the University of California, Davis’ School of Law. As well, during his tenure as general counsel, Mark crafted and installed company-wide dispute resolution programs and related attorney and executive training to efficiently resolve IP and all other litigation matters. He also writes extensively on ADR and litigation management.  See


Doug Lumish

Partner, 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 Latham & Watkins’ Litigation & Trial Department and former Global Co-Chair of Latham’s IP Litigation Practice.


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. He coaches University of California-Berkeley teams in the Giles S. Rich Patent Moot Court Competition. Fabio serves as Vice Chair of the Polsinelli’s Intellectual Property department, chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation group and Managing Partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office.



Sasha Rao

Partner, Maynard Cooper & Gale and Interim General Counsel, A3 by Airbus

Sasha Rao is Chair of Maynard Cooper & Gale’s Intellectual Property Practice. A seasoned technology and life sciences lawyer, Sasha advises clients on corporate, transactional, policy and regulatory matters. She is recognized as one of the leading practitioners in the emerging field of autonomy and robotics systems, including autonomous vehicles, drones and UAVs, urban air mobility and connected and artificially intelligent systems. Her legal subject matter expertise includes regulatory, policy, intellectual property, data rights and legal strategy relating to a wide range of industries and technologies.

Sasha’s success and talents in the IP field have earned her recognition by The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Litigation: Intellectual Property. In 2013, 2014 and again in 2017, The Recorder recognized Sasha as one of the “Women Leaders in Tech Law.” She was also recognized as a “Trailblazer” by the South Asian Bar Association – Northern California (2016); “Top 75 IP Litigator in California” by the Daily Journal (2013); an “IP Star” by Managing IP magazine (2013–2017); one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” by IP Stars (2013–2017); a “Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2013) and as a “Rainmaker” by the MCCA’s Diversity & The Bar magazine (2012).



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 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 marketing. 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 members of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Global IP Project.





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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, 2005-2016 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.



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 named Darin one of the top 75 IP litigators in California in 2016, 2011, and 2010.  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 N. Thomases   
Partner,  Ropes & Gray LLP

Andrew Thomases is chair of the IP Litigation group and co-head of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications group. He is a nationally-recognized, first-chair trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience litigating complex patent and trade secret cases in federal courts throughout the country, as well as before the International Trade Commission. Andrew has achieved numerous successes for companies in the fields of computer technology, semiconductors, wireless technology, and medical devices, among other areas.


Elizabeth S. Tse   
Senior Litigation Counsel, HP Inc.

Elizabeth Tse is a Senior Litigation Counsel at HP Inc.  She manages HP’s U.S. litigations and government investigations, with focus on intellectual property litigations and disputes.  Prior to joining HP in 2012, Elizabeth was in private practice in New York and Silicon Valley, and represented global companies in complex patent litigations.  Elizabeth graduated from Albany Law School, and received her undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  While in law school, she was a judicial intern for the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.



Hon. James Ware (Ret.)

Mediator & Arbitrator, JAMS

Hon. James Ware (Ret.) joined JAMS after sixteen years as a civil litigator and twenty-four years as a judge. He served on the Superior Court of California in Santa Clara County before becoming a District Judge in the Northern District of California, the last year and a half of which he served as Chief Judge. Judge Ware brings a wealth of experience derived from his extensive judicial career and as a neutral he has resolved numerous cases involving patent infringement, trademark and copyright disputes, securities fraud, antitrust, contract disputes, employment law, and various business and commercial disputes.

Judge Ware’s acumen for technology, and the high volume of IP cases before his court, have given him unparalleled expertise in this area. For four years, he served as the Chair of the Information Technology Committee for the Ninth Circuit and his decisions while on the bench have helped shape the legal landscape of intellectual property disputes. However, his stellar reputation for quickly grasping and assessing highly complex issues makes him a sought-after neutral in all areas of the law


Patrick Weston    
Senior Litigation Counsel, Google Inc.                

Patrick Weston is a Senior Litigation Counsel at Google. He is part of a team that is responsible for more than 100 pending patent and other intellectual property litigation matters both within and outside of the United States. Prior to joining Google, Mr. Weston was a litigator in Palo Alto, California at a large global law firm.



Mark Wine
Deputy Chair, Orrick’s Global Intellectual Property Business Unit

Having tried 27 federal and state trials over the past 40 years, Mark Wine can charm any jury. A natural storyteller and affable teacher, Mark transforms complicated technology into compelling stories, and faceless corporations into engaging individuals. Given his lifelong passion for technology, Mark is a natural fit for IP litigation. He tries patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases for Fortune 500 companies throughout California, as well as international clients in Asia and Europe.




The Rosewood

2825 Sand Hill Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025


Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:40 am

Introduction by Co-Chairs

8:40 am - 8:45 am

Where Are We Now and How Did We Get Here?

8:45 am - 9:45 am

A discussion covering among experts covering timely and important developments/trends/decisions affecting patent litigation.




Leeron G. Kalay, Principal, Fish & Richardson



Yar R. Chaikovsky, Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property   Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

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

Deanna L. Kwong,  IP Litigation Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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

Andrew N. Thomases, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Patent Litigation

9:45 am - 10:45 am

A new panel will discuss the growing role of artificial intelligence in the patent litigation environment.  Corporate legal departments are driving the need, are outside law firms ready to take the wheel?


Benjamin J. Hodges, Member, Foster Pepper PLLC



Ansel Halliburton, Full Stack Legal Engineer, A3 by Airbus

 Sasha Rao, Partner, Maynard Cooper & Gale and Interim General Counsel, A3 by Airbus

Mark Selwyn, Partner, WilmerHale


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Networking Break

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Patent Damages

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Danielle Williams, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP



Justin A. Hendrix, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Doug Lumish, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Kim Schenk, Principal, Charles River Associates

Darin Snyder, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Patrick Weston, Senior Litigation Counsel, Google Inc.

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Luncheon Keynote - Understanding How to Try Cases to Juries with Dr. Sherry Salmons and Tom Melsheimer

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Mediation of Patent Cases

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm



Michael Headley, Managing Principal, Silicon ValleyFish & Richardson



Jeff Kichaven, Principal Mediator, Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation

Mark LeHocky, Mediator & Arbitrator, Judicate West

Elizabeth Tse, Senior Litigation Counsel, HP Inc.

Hon. James Ware (Ret.), Mediator and Aribitrator,  JAMS

Mark P. Wine, Deputy Chair, Global Intellectual Property Business Unit, Orrick

Networking Break

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

General and Patent Counsel Panel, What Keeps You Up at Night?

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Hear what keeps General and in-house Patent Counsel and their team up at night when it comes to keeping up with changes in Patent Law.



Taj J. Clayton, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP


Raymond R. Ferrell, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, DexYP

Diane Gabl Kratz, Senior Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property, Seagate Technology


Patent Trial Best Practices: What Do Judges Really Want?

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

What do judges (and their clerks) really want from counsel? What their pet peeves and never do that’s, and what makes them happy?  Our panel of judges who will show you the do’s and don’ts of patent litigation.  The highlight of the day, you will not want to miss this special session!



William F. Abrams, Member, Foster Pepper PLLC



Hon. Matt Clements, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, PTAB, United States Patent and Trademark Office

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


Networking Reception

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm






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