CLE credits: application for Seattle accreditation is currently pending.
For today’s intellectual property executive, all roads converge toward Defense and Litigation: NPEs, corporate trolls, and the AIA have multiplied the number of IP lawsuits. In this environment, an effective, up-to-date Defense Strategy is a must-have for operating companies.
This conference examines IP Defense from soup to nuts, including best and latest defense strategies, preparing for litigation, protecting trade secrets, defending against NPEs, and navigating post-issuance proceedings.
KEY TOPICS DISCUSSED
The First Line of Defense: A Strong Prosecution Program
Portfolio Management: Getting Your House in Order
Defending Against NPE's - Fight or Flight?
Defensive Litigation & Trial Strategies
Chief IP Counsel
VP & Director of IP Strategy
Chief, Deputy and Associate General Counsel
Chief, Deputy and Associate General Counsel
Intellectual Property, Trademark and Copyright Counsel
Head of Litigation
Director of Business and Legal Affairs
Director/VP of Intellectual Property
Director/VP of Licensing
VP & Director of Intellectual Asset Management
Melissa Scanlan is a Senior Director at T-Mobile and is responsible for all litigation and disputes, as well as proactive risk management, for company matters that implicate intellectual property, antitrust, or significant commercial disputes. In addition, Ms. Scanlan is responsible for antitrust counseling and advice for the company, including antitrust guidance involved in corporate mergers or acquisitions and in network spectrum auctions and bidding behavior. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Ms. Scanlan was Associate General Counsel for InfoSpace, Inc. In that role, Ms. Scanlan managed complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on public securities class action defense. She also advised on proactive risk management practices through contract negotiations. Prior to that, Ms. Scanlan was an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where she handled antitrust litigation and advocacy before the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Scanlan earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. At Yale, she was a Senior Editor on the Yale Law Journal. She is a member of the Pacific Northwest Planning Committee for ChIPs, an organization dedicated to the advancement, development and retention of women in the IP field.
Co-managing partner Phil Colburn has transformed Cantor Colburn into one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law firms. Phil leads a team of more than 110 attorneys, patent agents, and technical advisors who are committed to helping clients optimize their IP assets through the timely delivery of top quality, cost-effective legal services.
His counsel to Fortune 50 multinationals, as well as smaller companies and universities, is informed both by unique technical insights gained from his years of professional experience as a design engineer and by strategic perspectives derived from more than 20 years’ practice as an IP attorney. Taking a proactive, results-driven approach allows him to help clients define their needs and implement strategies that achieve their objectives. A frequent speaker on IP issues, Phil is an Adjunct Professor of Patent Law at Western New England College School of Law.
VP-TS Intellectual Property, Cypress Semiconductor
An IP strategist with a combination of technical, business and legal expertise, currently transforming the management of a portfolio of 3000+ patents and applications into a self-funding, business-driven, cross-corporate function delivering entitled ROI. David is also a prolific inventor with over 130 patents granted and pending, and a Patent Agent licensed to practice before the USPTO, reg # 69932.
Daivd is responsible for management of a portfolio of ~2000 patents, ~1000 pending applications and the process of IP protection, generation and monetization. Directing systematic review processes to ensure comprehensive and cost-effective protection of strategic IP as it is created. Ensuring maximum ROI on IP$ by implementing systematic reviews of applications against business objectives. Creation, implementation and direction of processes to create and protect strategic IP in emerging technology areas adjacent to existing product lines and technologies.
Danielle Johnston Holmes is Associate General Counsel for the Patent Portfolio Development Team in the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. Danielle leads the team of patent attorneys and paralegals responsible for harvesting inventions from Microsoft’s R&D groups, filing and prosecuting patents worldwide and determining the strategic value of Microsoft’s patent portfolio. Danielle joined Microsoft in 1998, initially providing patent support for the Windows group and later leading teams of attorneys and engineers responsible for identifying and analyzing patents to support Microsoft’s licensing and enforcement efforts and other strategic business initiatives. Prior to joining Microsoft, Danielle worked for the law firm of Marshall, Gerstein in Chicago, where she concentrated on patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling matters in the electrical, mechanical and computer science arts. Danielle received an electrical engineering degree from Loyola Marymount University and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a registered patent attorney.
John is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property section. He focuses his practice on patent licensing and counseling.
Before coming to Shook, John served as associate general counsel at Microsoft Corporation, where he led a team that analyzed patents for conflicts, outbound licensing, litigation support and risk mitigation. He also completed a two-year international assignment for Microsoft, handling intellectual property matters originating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, John taught a class on intellectual property licensing at Seattle University School of Law as an adjunct professor from 2005 to 2011.
John graduated from the George Washington University Law School, where he worked as notes editor of The Journal of International Law and Economics and on the publication staff of AIPLA Quarterly Journal. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University, where he served as president of the Rice Engineering Association and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Rice Chapter. While in law school, John worked at the U.S. International Trade Commission as well as the U.S. Court of Claims for the Honorable Wilkes C. Robinson in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Díaz is the Associate Vice-President-Sr. Patent Counsel for L’Oréal Research & Innovation USA. He started his career as a patent attorney in one of the top patent law firms in the US, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. He then joined Intellectual Ventures where he built and developed patent portfolios mainly in the fields of medical devices, wearable technology, information and communication technology, optics and advanced materials. More recently, in 2012, he co-founded Díaz|Cook an IP law firm providing clients counseling on the procurement, enforcement, management, and monetization of intellectual property rights and assets.
After earrings his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington, he enrolled in graduate school where he studied the fast and slow internal dynamics of 13C-labeled deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) oligomers in solution. Dr. Díaz eventually earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (Biophysics), as well as a J.D. from the University of Washington.
Dr. Díaz was raised and lived in various places including Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington D.C., and now calls the Pacific Northwest home.
He currently serves as a Trustee for Seattle Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, and as Past President of the University of Washington Alumni Association.
Dr. Díaz was the recipient of the 2012 Latina/o Bar Association of Washington Model of Excellence Award and the 2011 University of Washington’s MAP Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Sherri L. Candelario, Ph.D., is the Vice President of Intellectual Property, Contracts and Business Development for Integrated Diagnostics, an emerging leader in molecular diagnostics based in Seattle. Candelario specializes in intellectual property (IP) strategy for early-stage life sciences companies. She is registered as a patent agent before the USPTO. At Indi, she leads IP strategy and manages the company’s patent portfolios and contracts. She negotiates licenses and contracts with external collaborators, including universities and private companies. She also manages the company’s outside counsel and develops the firm’s in-house IP practices. Prior to joining Integrated Diagnostics, she worked as an IP consultant, leading IP strategy for several life sciences companies, including Ikaria, Inc., Nanostring Technologies, Inc. and Allozyne, Inc. She served as Acting IP Director at each of those companies. She also served as Interim Director of IP at the Institute for Systems Biology. Candelario holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Washington.
Guojun is a senior patent attorney at Intel. He manages the cellular standards patent portfolio. During his sixteen years at Intel, Guojun has worked on patent prosecution, portfolio management, global patent strategies, worldwide inventor remuneration, patent analysis to support licensing and litigation activities, etc. Over the years, he has gained substantial experiences in portfolio management and many international-patent-related legal areas including, for example, foreign filing license, inventor remuneration, utility model practices, export regulations, PCT practice, all across various jurisdictions. Guojun obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees, both in electrical engineering, in China. He also holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Duke University. He worked as an engineer in China, in Singapore, and in the U.S. for many years. He holds several patents. Guojun earned his J.D. (cum laude) from Northwest School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Before joining Benemilk Ltd, as a director for the Invention Development Fund (IDF) at Intellectual Ventures (IV), Dr. Wan used her legal, scientific, and business experience in all aspects of the invention capital investment process from technology assets creation, evaluation and acquisition, IP portfolio management, technology startup, partnership and joint venture formation, to technology licensing and commercialization.
Previously, Dr. Wan has worked as a patent attorney at the Seattle law firm of Christensen, O'Connor, Johnson, Kindness (COJK) and as a researcher in both academic and industrial labs researching and developing cancer therapeutics. As a co-founder of pharmaceutical start-up, Thermopeutics LLC, Dr. Wan negotiated technology licenses of the "thermogel" patent portfolio and raised venture capital funding. Dr. Wan also served as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Maria Cantwell at Washington D.C.
Dr. Wan earned a bachelor's degree and a master's of medicine from Beijing Medical University, a master's degree in chemistry and a Ph.D in organic chemistry from Clark University, and is a graduate of the University of Washington, School of Law. Dr. Wan is a member of the Washington State Bar Association Legislative Committee, a board member of the Licensing Executive Society Seattle Chapter and Washington State Patent Lawyers Association, and on the advisory board of the Washington State Life Sciences Discovery Fund. She has published in numerous scientific journals, is a prolific inventor and is a frequent speaker on topics of law, science, and business.
Isabella Fu is Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, where she is responsible for copyright, trademark, and patent litigation, including matters both inside and outside of the United States.
Prior to joining Microsoft, in 2003, Isabella was Director of Litigation at Intel Corporation, where she managed the worldwide litigation function and handled major antitrust and intellectual property matters before courts and regulatory agencies.
Before going in-house, Isabella practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. She holds a J.D. from Columbia University and an A.B. in Physics from Harvard-Radcliffe College.
Benjamin T. Horton manages complex litigation involving high tech patents. He has a degree in electrical engineering, and before law school he worked for technology companies in the automotive and semiconductor industries. He is a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and litigates intellectual property cases in federal courts across the country. Mr. Horton also practices before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board, representing both petitioners and patent owners in inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method review (CBM) proceedings.
Mr. Horton speaks regularly on patent litigation and strategy and he is a frequent contributor to various IP publications. SuperLawyers, a Chicago Magazine publication, selected Mr. Horton for the 2012-2016 Illinois Rising Stars® lists, which feature top attorneys in intellectual property law. Mr. Horton has been selected as one of the"World’s Leading Patent Practitioners" in 2016 by IntellectualAsset Management (IAM) magazine. He was also selected as a 2015 and 2016 "Emerging Lawyer" in Emerging Lawyers Magazine as a top Illinois attorney under 40, and was profiled in the November 2016 issue. Mr. Horton has also been recognized by intellectual property publications such as InsideCounsel, Thomson Reuters, Intellectual Property Magazine, Law360, and IPPro.
Ryan McBrayer is a partner in the Patent Litigation group in Seattle who represents leading technology companies in patent and other IP cases. His clients benefit from his experience making complex technologies understandable to judges and juries and his unique dedication to client service.
Ryan has extensive experience with wireless networks, including handsets, protocols, network infrastructure and applications, including in trials for HTC and T-Mobile. His current work focuses on wireless and software technologies for Google, T-Mobile, McAfee, HTC and Motorola. Between these cases and his former work as a trial lawyer for the federal government, Ryan has been a first or second chair counsel in more than 30 jury trials.
Litigation consultant Karen Lisko, Ph.D., works with attorneys to increase their persuasiveness and effectiveness with factfinders throughout all phases of litigation. A veteran of hundreds of civil cases heard in bench and jury trials and arbitration forums, Karen strategizes to help legal teams construct compelling and prevailing arguments. Karen holds a doctorate in legal communication, a specialized degree attained by only a few consultants in the nation, and is the author of two books, Patently Persuasive and Proven Jury Arguments and Evidence.
Karen relies on more than 25 years of extensive mock research and factfinder experience to create an advantage for litigation teams. She strategizes with trial teams, frequently at the earliest stages of litigation, to help establish persuasive case approaches. Karen received her doctorate in legal communication from the University of Kansas. She is the past president of the American Society of Trial Consultants and continues to serve on the board of directors of the group’s foundation. Karen is a media commentator, frequent author and presenter of programs, including numerous CLE programs on the topic of persuasive legal strategies.
Peter acts as lead counsel in intellectual property cases in federal district court and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) including inter partes review (IPR), covered business method review (CBM), and post grant review (PGR). He is currently lead counsel in 25 IPRs, representing both Petitioners and Patent Owners. Peter also serves as a technical advisor, special master, and mediator/arbitrator in intellectual property disputes, particularly those involving the electrical and computer arts. He advises clients on trademark, copyright, trade secret, licensing, and transactional intellectual property related issues.
Michael focuses on intellectual property protection and counseling, as well as intellectual property related disputes. Michael leads the firm's practice involving contested proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has extensive experience representing clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (formerly, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences), including USPTO proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA). He has served as lead counsel in numerous Inter partes review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) review proceedings, patent interferences, and reexamination procedures. He has significant experience with international and domestic patent protection and enforcement for both early- and later-stage companies, often involving a combination of mechanical technologies, software systems and electronics, and medical sciences or biotechnology.
Steve Parmelee is Of Counsel in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Seattle office. He has over 25 years of experience in inter partes proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). He has represented patent applicants in many patent interference proceedings at the PTAB. In addition, he has experience representing clients in the new post-grant trial proceedings that were enacted in the America Invents Act of 2011, including inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) challenges to issued patents.
Mr. Parmelee has advised clients on issues surrounding post-grant proceedings at the USPTO Trial Division (PTAB), including patent interferences as well as the new Inter Partes Review, Covered Business Method reviews, Post-Grant Proceedings and Derivations.
He's also been lead counsel or co-counsel on a large number of patent interference cases, which have covered a wide range of technologies. The majority of cases in interference involve biotechnology, and this was reflected in his practice as well. Patent interferences have very instructive in approaching the new post-grant inter partes proceedings before the PTAB.
Mr. Parmelee started as in-house counsel at a Seattle biotech company, Genetic Systems Corp., which pioneered work with human monoclonal antibodies. He joined Townsend and Townsend in Palo Alto, and then founded Townsend's Seattle Office and served as its managing partner through 2008.
Richard Torczon is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the patent litigation practice.
Prior to joining the firm, Richard was an Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), where, since 1996, he worked on patent interferences and appeals. During his tenure at the PTAB, he wrote more than a thousand opinions and orders on patent appeals, petitions, motions, and briefs. Richard was an early member of the interference trial section and authored many of the PTAB's rules. He has experience in the full spectrum of technologies reviewed by the PTAB, including computer-based inventions, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and medical devices, and plant and design patents.
Before serving as a judge, Richard was an associate solicitor in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO's) Office of the Solicitor, where he represented the USPTO on patent and trademark matters, particularly before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Additionally, Richard was an Honors Attorney at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and prior to joining the government, he worked at the Adachi International Patent Law firm in Nagoya, Japan.
Richard has spoken extensively on legal ethics, effective arguments, and board-related topics at programs for numerous organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. He was a lecturer at the Patent Academy of the USPTO, starting in 1999.
Mr. Cho’s practice encompasses a full spectrum of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, technology transfer, patent validity and infringement studies, and patent portfolio management. Mr. Cho is experienced in software technologies including middleware and application software, data storage systems, Internet-related technology, telecommunications, and semiconductor technology. He also specializes in commercialization of new technologies including establishing and raising investment funds for start-ups, and licensing-in and licensing-out of technologies. Mr. Cho has many years of experience working in premier IP law firms. Prior to starting AMPACC, he was a partner at a large national IP law firm for a number of years.
Mark S. Parris, partner in the Seattle office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Parris’ practice focuses on complex commercial litigation involving patent and trade secret issues and other related technology disputes. His experience includes litigating and assisting clients with drafting and negotiation of licenses and other contracts relating to the sale or distribution of hardware, software, medical devices, and other intellectual property and products.
Mr. Parris has substantial experience in representing clients in litigation and counseling concerning protection and misappropriation of trade secrets, enforcement of non-competition agreements and other competitive issues, as well as general commercial distribution practices and contracts. He was one of two patent litigators in Washington selected as an Amazing Attorney by Washington CEO magazine and was recently recognized as one of the top 30 trial lawyers in Washington. He has been a speaker nationally at various seminars on litigation and trial techniques. Mr. Parris has tried numerous cases - both jury and non-jury trials - has handled several arbitrations and mediations and has served as an expert witness.
In addition, Mr. Parris is a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group. He has been named as the leading policy-holder side attorney in Washington State. He has represented several Fortune 500 companies as well as the State of Washington, the Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys and several cities, counties and port authorities in insurance coverage disputes.
Bill Harmon is a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon. His practice focuses on intellectual property and cyber security litigation and counseling. He frequently counsels clients on IP related transactions. Before joining Shook in December 2014, Bill served as an Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Patent Litigation Group where he oversaw patent infringement cases involving Microsoft’s software, devices and cloud services in Federal Court and the International Trade Commission. Bill previously served as Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, leading a worldwide team of lawyers and technical forensic investigators to combat online child exploitation and financial crime. Before leading the Digital Crimes Unit, Bill was the General Manager for Microsoft’s Global Standards Team, responsible for establishing technical standards specifications and related intellectual property terms. Bill also led patent conflict and licensing investigations as Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft’s Intellectual Property and Licensing Group.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Bill worked as a private practice attorney in San Francisco for eight years. He graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1995 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. Bill spent 4 years as an adjunct law professor at Seattle University teaching IP Licensing Law.
Jeffrey Love's practice focuses primarily on patent litigation. He has represented parties in patent cases in federal district courts across the country, including California, Delaware, Florida, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, and in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. Mr. Love joined Klarquist Sparkman, LLP in 2000. From 1987 to 2000, he practiced appellate and general civil litigation in Portland.
Theo Angelis is an intellectual property and appellate litigator who appears in trial and appellate courts, in administrative tribunals, and in arbitration proceedings throughout the United States.
Mr. Angelis’ unique experience—as an intellectual property litigator who co-chaired the firm’s appellate practice and has an active appellate practice—allows him to craft and present especially persuasive and compelling arguments. He also provides clear and strategic advice to clients facing unsettled or complex legal issues, and he assists them in efficiently solving problems and minimizing risk.
Mr. Angelis has litigated patent matters before the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. District Courts in California, Delaware, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. Mr. Angelis’ appellate practice focuses primarily on the Federal and Ninth Circuits, as well as the D.C. Circuit, where Mr. Angelis served as a law clerk. Mr. Angelis also regularly handles appeals in state appellate courts. Mr. Angelis’ appellate litigation experience spans a broad range of issues, including constitutional law, real property, intellectual property, Internet and cyber law, defamation, RICO, discovery sanctions, and asylum. At the trial court level, Mr. Angelis also litigates non-patent matters, but he focuses on intellectual property litigation—with a special emphasis on cyber and technology law—as well as Constitutional and real property litigation.
Mr. Angelis has received numerous awards and honors. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, and he recently was recognized by the King County Bar Association as Mentor of the Year. Earlier in his career, the King County Bar Association named him Outstanding Young Lawyer. Mr. Angelis is the editor of the Washington Lawyer’s Practice Manual, and while in law school served as articles editor for the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review.
Mr. Angelis is a frequent speaker and presenter on strategic litigation issues, including legal ethics, privacy for electronic communications, internal investigations, developments in Internet law, and effective litigation strategies.
Brian is in house counsel with Corbis, a leading global stock photo and media company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. He supports the company’s visual content licensing business across multiple brands, as well as new product development and content monetization. Brian also manages the company’s intellectual property portfolio. In private practice in Seattle and Silicon Valley, Brian worked with startup and technology companies in a variety of industries on corporate, finance and intellectual property matters.
Everett Fruehling is the head of COJK’s trademark practice group, with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of trademark law, including trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and defense. He is also experienced with domain name issues and disputes and copyright matters. His current practice includes counseling clients on issues such as service marks, trade names, trade dress, trade secrets, search clearance, prosecution, contracts, licenses, assignments, releases, and domain name and other trademark-related disputes and litigation. Everett has worked with companies and individuals ranging from publicly traded corporations to entrepreneurs in a wide variety of product and service areas, including automotive products, software, home and personal care products, food and beverages, education, and on-line services. Everett began his trademark practice in 1994, when he joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark examining attorney. He has been in private practice, where he focuses on domestic and international trademark law, since 1997.
Eric Lent is Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. where he is responsible for all aspects the company’s legal affairs, including its domestic and international trademark portfolio. Eric also serves as Ste. Michelle’s Chief Compliance Officer. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates owns and operates wineries in Washington, Oregon, and California, and imports select wines from around the world. Prior to joining Ste. Michelle, Eric was a litigator with Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle and Arent Fox LLP in New York. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University and B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Teresa J. Wiant is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Weyerhaeuser Company. Teresa provides strategic and comprehensive intellectual property counseling for technology functions, marketing teams and management. Teresa has extensive experience in IP portfolio management, patent procurement, drafting and negotiating patent and technology license agreements, selection and acquiring of trademark rights, enforcement and defense of IP rights, advertising review, as well as general IP related advice and counsel. Ms. Wiant holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University and a JD from the University of New Hampshire.
Lee Cheng is currently advisory counsel for the board at NewEgg. He served as Chief Operating Officer and EVP at Gibson Brands and prveiously served as NewEgg Inc's Chief Legal Officer, SVP of Corporate Development and Corporate Secretary and General Counsel.
He's a graduate of UC Berkeley Law School, where he earned his J.D. A graduate of Harvard University where he earned his SB in History and Science.
David Killough is an Assistant General Counsel in the Litigation, Competition and Compliance Group of Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs department. Killough’s principal responsibility is management of Microsoft patent litigation matters in the U.S. and internationally. Before joining Microsoft in 2008, Killough was a partner of the firm Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in Austin, Texas, where he co-headed the Intellectual Property & Technical Litigation Section, and before that was a partner of the firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP in California. He received his B.A. degree from North Texas State University in 1977 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1983. While in private practice, Killough was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Texas Super Lawyers.
Susan Brye is director, corporate counsel for Starbucks Corporation. At Starbucks, Ms. Brye heads a team responsible for intellectual property, real estate and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Starbucks, Ms. Brye was Assistant General Counsel, Vice President for JPMorgan Chase & Co/JPMorgan Chase Bank and managed commercial, corporate governance and intellectual property litigation, as well as matters relating to the acquisition of Washington Mutual Bank where she was First Vice President & Senior Counsel. Prior to moving in-house, Ms. Brye was a partner in the Seattle office of Lane Powell, PC, representing institutional lenders and secured creditors in business bankruptcies and reorganizations, commercial litigation and monetization of intellectual property.
Stephen is currently Senior Corporate Counsel in T-Mobile’s Litigation Group. At T-Mobile, he manages patent and other intellectual property litigation and provides strategic counseling on various intellectual property matters. Prior to joining T-Mobile, Stephen served as Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation where he managed U.S. and international patent litigation in Microsoft’s Litigation Group dating back to 2001, and later handled various patent counseling, dispute resolution, and licensing related issues as part of Microsoft’s Innovation and Intellectual Property Group. As the second patent litigator hired at Microsoft, Stephen has been responsible for many large-scale and high stakes patent litigation matters, including the Lucent v. Microsoft series of cases that are cited to frequently in the context of patent damages reform. Prior to Microsoft, Stephen practiced at Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley, California, where he also focused on patent litigation and other intellectual property disputes. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the UCLA School of Law.
Michael Sacksteder is Chair of the Patent Litigation Group at Fenwick & West – a team of more than 50 experienced litigators with diverse legal and technical backgrounds, all of whom focus on helping clients achieve their business goals. Michael’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation and litigation involving other substantive areas of intellectual property law, including copyright, trade secret, trademark, and unfair competition.
Michael has served as trial counsel in a number of patent and other intellectual property trials in United States District Court and has engaged in successful appellate practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has substantial experience in all aspects of pretrial litigation, including claim construction in patent cases.
Michael’s experience encompasses a variety of technological fields, including computer graphics, mainframe software tools, wireless messaging systems, semiconductors, optical networks and nucleic acid microarrays. Michael is active in the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Prior to attending law school, Michael worked as a broadcast journalist.