Chuck Katz is a lead division IP counsel for Thermo Fisher Scientific, where he has responsibility for patent acquisition, freedom to operate and transactional activities for the mass spectrometry, chromatography and related businesses. Prior to joining Thermo Fisher Scientific, he held a variety of IP positions at start-up companies in the photonics and network security fields, as well as at law firms.
Chris has a global practice involving all facets of Intellectual Property law, particularly patent and trademark prosecution. He has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of domestic and international patent applications, particularly for electrical and electronic circuits and systems, computer software, medical devices, medical patient monitoring and treatment technology, device fabrication, optical devices and systems, as well as mechanical devices.
Chris is also experienced in global design patent prosecution, and has managed a global portfolio for a major fashion industry company. Chris’s trademark prosecution practice is also a global one, as Chris manages several domestic and global trademark portfolios, and manages domestic trademark portfolios for foreign clients as well.
Chris is a member of the National Steering Committee for AIPPI-US, which is AIPLA’s representation in AIPPI, an international IP organization. Chris is also the President-Elect of the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association (WIPLA).
As an adjunct professor at Marquette University, Chris created an IP Procurement and Management course especially tailored for graduate students in the Engineering Management Program.
Chris’s clients include universities, small and large corporations, privately held businesses, foreign law firms and corporations.
Rob Kramer is the Co-Chair of Dentons' Patent Litigation Practice and a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Group. Based in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Rob is one of the most experienced and successful lead trial counsel patent litigators in the country. He and his team are consistently honored as among the most aggressive, results oriented, patent litigation practices. Rob was named a "Legal Lion" by IP Law360 in January 2017 for his lead trial counsel role winning two back-to-back patent jury trials in one of the largest patent cases in the country. Rob and his team at Dentons were also recently named as an elite "IP Litigation Powerhouse" that corporate counsel "turn to for their most pressing needs" in BTI Consulting Group's national survey of General Counsel. He and his team were also recently named as a "Top 50 Litigation Powerhouse Firm" by Law360, and recently named as one of the "Fearsome Foursome," by BTI Consulting, an honor bestowed upon four elite firms that General Counsel or large companies fear most to litigate against "based on the team's intense approach, fierce tactics and achievement of successful litigation outcomes." Rob and his team were recently featured in IP Law360 as the "best of the best" at providing the most value per legal dollars spent by in house counsel on litigation. Rob was invited to be a speaker at this conference as he has a long history of promoting women litigators into leadership roles, mentoring and creating opportunities for women attorneys, and ensuring that they gain courtroom experience and hold leading and meaningful roles on important IP litigations.
Diane is Senior Managing Counsel for J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., responsible for all patent litigation matters. Prior to joining J. C. Penney Corporation, Diane was a shareholder as Winstead PC in Dallas, Texas and a member of its Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. She practiced at Winstead for more than 25 years before leaving private practice to join JCPenney. During her tenure at Winstead, Diane represented clients that were patent owners, defendants accused of infringement by competitors, as well as clients accused of infringement by NPEs.
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.
Diane Gabl Kratz is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Seagate Technology's headquarters in Cupertino, California. She manages Seagate’s global trademark portfolio, leading trademark strategy and handling enforcement of trademark, copyright, and domain name rights. She also manages the patent portfolio for the Consumer group, advising on strategy, prosecution, litigation, and transactions. Previously, Diane was in private practice at the Silicon Valley offices of international law firms Morrison & Foerster and Sidley Austin. 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 and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Diane received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University. She is a member of the California Bar and is registered to practice with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Byron Pickard, a director and co-chair of Sterne Kessler's Litigation Group, focuses his practice on patent disputes in Federal district courts, at the Federal Circuit, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. An experienced advocate, Byron has tried cases before juries, argued more than a dozen cases in the federal courts of appeal, and tried dozens of inter partes reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Byron’s extensive patent-litigation experience covers a wide range of technologies, including wireless communications, virtual machines, microfluidics, genetic diagnostics, in vivo imaging, stray-voltage detection, and pharmaceuticals, to name a few. In addition to patent matters, Byron handles legal matters in additional areas of IP law, including trademark, trade dress, trade secrets, copyrights, and licensing matters.
Byron is particularly noted for understanding his clients' business as it intersects with IP, and he has been recognized as a "Top-rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney" and a "Rising Star in Patent Litigation" by the peer-review based publication Super Lawyers. In 2015, Bisnow Ventures named him among an elite roster of "Washington's Trending 40 Lawyers Under 40."
Byron regularly writes and speaks on complex patent issues offering insightful analysis and practical advice to readers and audiences. Most recently, Byron authored a chapter of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published by Thomson Reuters in 2017. The book provides a fresh and comprehensive exploration of patent office litigation proceedings, including how the proceedings interact with other aspects of patent procurement and enforcement, while delivering useful guidance for IP practitioners. In addition to his written works and speeches, Byron is a frequent source for reporters who cover developments in the IP space.
Brendan has led and worked on projects representing a wide array of technologies, such as microprocessor design, semiconductor manufacturing, semiconductor fabrication tools, cryptographic hardware, low-power electronics, consumer electronics, touchscreens, LCD displays, LED applications and driver circuits, power supply circuits, wireless transceiver circuits, hard drive technologies, data storage systems, digital interfaces, computer buses, memory design, flash memory, and mixed signal ICs, among others. Mr. Sever holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Boston University in addition to a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. He has worked for Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman in California as an embedded systems engineer, for Sonos as a systems support engineer to Europe, and for BINA in Switzerland as an electrical engineer in the food factory designing automation systems and troubleshooting electrical systems. In addition to his work in industry, his research and lab work in academia focused on semiconductor fabrication, VLSI design for digital signal processors, and parallel computing architectures.
As Account & Business Development Executive, Christine helps research-based corporations and their outside counsel to identify and implement solutions for challenges in IP through Questel’s suite of tools and services. She also provides training and knowledge-sharing webinars on optimizing IP management, research and analysis. Prior to joining Questel in early 2016, Christine served as a Senior Project and Account Manager for Technology & Patent Research International. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Cellular Biology and French from the University of California, Davis, as well as a Master’s in Management - International Sales & Marketing from France. While living in Europe, Christine drove the preclinical molecular analysis software/services business for ImaBiotech, a start-up CRO specializing in mass spectrometry imaging.
Li Westerlund has about 15 years’ experience in the sector of intellectual property law, with particular focus on patent law. Li currently serves as Vice President, Global Intellectual Property (IP) at Bavarian Nordic Group. Before joining Bavarian Nordic in 2004, she served for more than three years as Senior Associate at the Swedish law firm, RydinCarlsten and as European Legal Specialist at the U.S. law firm, McKenna Long & Aldridge, L.L.P. Prior to these positions, she worked as a legal intern at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) for its current chief judge. In 2004, Li was appointed Professor of Law at Linkoping University in Sweden. Preceding these positions, she worked as a legal research assistant and as a regular lecturer at Stockholm University and at the Karolinska Institute. From 2005 to 2007 she served on the Board of Directors for ZACCO A/S – Patents – Trademarks – Design (Denmark, Sweden, Norway). From 2005 and presently she serves on the Board of Directors for mNemoscience GmbH. Specialties:- Managing Intellectual Property Rights and Patent Departments. - Litigation in the intellectual property field. - Company strategies with respect to intellectual property. - Coordinating litigation, patent prosecution, and overall patent portfolio and freedom to operate in the patent field under European and U.S. law. - Life Sciences law, including licensing, regulatory matters, and dispute resolution solutions.
Chris Kao is a Co-Managing Partner of the Firm’s Taiwan office, Managing Partner of the Palo Alto office, and also resident in the San Francisco office. Chris focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets disputes, and other high-stakes commercial litigation. He has represented clients in the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, telecommunications, biotechnology, and consumer products industries in federal district courts throughout the country, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Chris also has experience litigating Covered Business Method and Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Chris has tried numerous cases to verdict as the first-chair trial lawyer in both bench and jury trials, including a large commercial contract case that resulted in a directed verdict in favor of his client, the defendant. He has also been designated a Certified Information Privacy Professional / US by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The following is a list of matters in which Chris was the lead (unless otherwise noted).