Natalie A. Bennett focuses her practice on intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent infringement and trade secret litigation. She has litigated for technologies in the computer networking, electrical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
Previously, Natalie served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for the Honorable John D. Love of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She frequently relies on her clerkships when advising clients. During district court proceedings, Natalie pays particular attention to issues that may be pertinent to an appeal, including error preservation strategies.
Natalie has extensive experience preparing briefs and pleadings, including post-trial submissions and appellate briefings. She has argued before the Federal Circuit and has also argued high-stakes issues in district courts such as motions for judgment as a matter of law and preliminary injunction proceedings.
As a trial lawyer, Natalie has litigated six intellectual property disputes through trial to final judgment, including the first verdict obtained under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. She is skilled in taking and defending depositions, and examining fact and expert witnesses at trial before a jury.
Natalie maintains an active pro bono practice. She advocates frequently for veterans through the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and she has a record of successfully negotiating individualized education programs for children with disabilities. She was part of successful cross-office pro bono litigation teams prosecuting claims of pregnancy discrimination and copyright infringement in federal court.
While in law school, Natalie was the editor in chief of the I/S Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. Before attending law school, she received funding through the National Science Foundation to conduct biomedical research relating to retinal neural regeneration. Natalie is the co-author of a peer-reviewed publication appearing in Experimental Eye Research.
Lisa Kobialka counsels and represents clients in complex intellectual property litigation, including trials and evidentiary hearings in numerous jurisdictions across the United States involving claims for patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and trademark infringement. Ms. Kobialka represents clients in a variety of technology-related industries, with a particular emphasis on the energy, computer science and pharmaceutical sectors. She also represents clients in general litigation, including breach of contract and tort claims.
Ms. Kobialka represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and has handled more than 150 litigations throughout the country. In the past year, she successfully tried several different multipatent cases, including one in the Northern District of California involving antivirus software and computer products, and two separate trials in the District of Nebraska involving wireless carriers. She also handled a Lanham Act dispute for a Fortune 500 company in the District of Delaware that settled just hours before opening statements.
Managing Intellectual Property named Ms. Kobialka California Litigator of the Year, Patent Star and Trademark Star for 2016, and one of the Top 250 Women in IP in its 2013 Edition of IP Stars. Silicon Valley Business Journalpresented Ms. Kobialka with the 2016 Women of Influence Award.
Charlotte Falla is the VP and General Counsel of Samsung Research America, which researches and develops the next generation of discovery in software, user experience and core technologies to enhance Samsung products and help enrich people's lives. Charlotte has more than 25 years of experience in technology, new media, and e-commerce. Prior to joining Samsung, Charlotte served as VP of Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Shutterfly, Inc., a leading manufacturer and digital retailer of personalized products. Charlotte also served as General Counsel for Future U.S, Associate General Counsel for Netflix, Inc., and Senior Investment Manager for Intel Capital’s New Media Group.
Charlotte holds a BA from the University of Illinois, an MA from National-Louis University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Compliance and contract oversight in Advanced Technology, charged with managing over $120 million of Federal funding to include American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding used to demonstrate smart grid technology, explore energy storage and various other projects.
Pamela has been the Patent Counsel at Hasbro since mid – 2013 and continues to manage all clearance activities, domestic and international filings and litigations. Prior to her work at Hasbro, she was a patent attorney at the law firm of Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero and Perle LLP in Stamford, Connecticut handling preparation and prosecution matters in areas ranging from textiles, medical and industrial and consumer products in addition to opinion matters. She was a Patent Examiner at the USPTO for several years after beginning her career as an engineer at Westinghouse Corporation.
Kimberly A. Mottley is a partner in Proskauer’s Litigation Department. She practices exclusively in the area of complex intellectual property disputes, with a primary focus on patent and trademark infringement matters. Kim has counseled her clients through all phases of litigation, including case preparation and strategy, obtaining temporary restraining orders, discovery, Markman hearings, settlement negotiations and alternative dispute resolution, trial and appeals before the Federal Circuit.
Kim’s patent litigation clients span a broad range of technology industries, including cases involving RFID, telecommunications, smartphones, tablets, live chat, automotive pistons, high-density plasma cutting torches, semiconductor manufacturing technology, voice-assisted automobile navigation systems, immunology, dermatological lasers, nanotechnology, and financial and business method processes. Kim has helped her retail industry clients to protect and enforce their most valued trademark assets. She also is active in Proskauer's pro bono efforts.
Kim was recently named by Benchmark Litigation to their 2016 Under 40 Hot List – an accolade which honors highly qualified, exceptional partners aged 40 or younger. In 2014, Kim was named one of The National Law Journal’s Boston Rising Stars, which recognizes Boston’s 40 most promising lawyers under the age of 40 who are considered innovators with strong leadership qualities. Kim has also been recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Rising Star" and as among the "Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts" for the past three years.
Christy McCullough is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice. Her practice focuses primarily on patent litigation and appeals, related counseling, and general commercial litigation for technology companies.
Christy has experience with a broad range of technologies in the electrical engineering and computer science fields, including processor and network architecture, semiconductors, cloud computing, telecommunications networks and devices, and Internet and software applications. She has handled high-stakes cases for established FORTUNE 500 companies as well as emerging companies and startups and has extensive experience before federal district courts throughout the country and the Federal Circuit.
Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Christy clerked for the Hon. Kimberly Moore, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Christy also maintains an active pro bono practice representing veterans in obtaining service-related benefits and disability compensation.
As a VP and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, Linda Norman manages the team that provides legal and regulatory advice for Xbox, including the games and entertainment titles and the Xbox Live Service. Linda serves on the Senior Leadership teams for Xbox and Microsoft’s Law & Corporate Affairs departments. Prior to assuming her current role supporting the Xbox team in April, Linda served as the lead lawyer for the Windows Phone Division, during which time she supported the launch of the Windows Phone and played key roles in the alliance with Nokia and Microsoft’s eventual purchase of Nokia’s phone business. Linda began her career at Microsoft in 1997, where she served for 14 years as a litigator, managing key antitrust, intellectual property, and class action lawsuits and regulatory actions
Eve Saltman is the Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at GoPro, Inc., where she works on corporate securities and corporate governance matters with the General Counsel, and manages a team that supports intellectual property, disputes, hardware and software product development, and supply chain/operations. Eve previously held in-house positions at Autodesk, Siebel Systems, LiveOps, OnLive, and started her career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. She received her B.A from Cornell University where she graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa, and her J.D. from Georgetown University where she graduated cum laude.
Delphine Knight Brown is a litigator whose practice focuses on complex intellectual property and technology cases. Her patent litigation experience, including Hatch-Waxman cases for several generic pharmaceutical companies, has involved pharmaceutical, medical device, computer software and hardware, and business method patents as well as misappropriation of trade secret claims and unfair competition matters. Delphine also handles complex copyright and trademark infringement and licensing matters.
Denise is dedicated IP Counsel for Velcro Companies, where she has worked for 2 years to develop and implement Velcro IP interests and strategies. She partners with Velcro’s Innovation and Technology Center and the Global Business Units to oversee IP legal matters including patent application preparation and prosecution, litigation, freedom-to-operate opinions, licensing, and trademark, copyright and trade secret matters for the global enterprise. Prior to her position at Velcro, Denise worked for Preti Flaherty, Medtronic Advanced Energy, Blank Rome LLP, and Sherin and Lodgen LLP. Denise earned her JD from Boston University School of Law and is a US Registered Patent Attorney. She is also the holder of two patents, one for electrosurgical cutting devices and mold-in touch fastener systems with wave-shaped wall.
Kim R. Jessum is Chief IP Counsel U.S. and Associate General Counsel at Heraeus Incorporated in Langhorne, PA and Secretary of Heraeus Materials Technology North America LLC in Chandler, AZ. Heraeus is a Fortune Global 500 company specializing in precious metals, materials and technologies; sensors; biomaterials and medical products; as well as quartz glass and specialty light sources. Kim is responsible for providing intellectual property and general legal advice for various business units in the United States and worldwide. Kim received her bachelors degree in chemical engineering and applied science from Lehigh University in 1992 and her masters degree in biopharmaceuticals from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. She was awarded her law degree and Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 1997. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She holds various leadership positions in the American Bar Association, including the Financial Officer for the Intellectual Property Law Section and serves as a board member and co-chair of the IP Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Corporate Counsel.
Thirteen years corporate practice experience, including the last seven as senior in-house corporate generalist in the technology (SaaS - software as a service) industry. Executive legal successes include intellectual property management (patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright), M&A and transitional management through merger and acquisition, and implementation of pragmatic compliance protocols.
Specialties: intellectual property, software licensing, cloud services, corporate transactions and governance, data privacy and information security, including HIPAA and FedRAMP.
Betty Chen, a Principal in the Silicon Valley and Austin offices of Fish & Richardson, is the firm’s Global Hiring Principal and has an expansive litigation practice that spans all areas of intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Chen has successfully tried and managed matters through all phases of litigation in a variety of forums, including federal district courts, state courts, the International Trade Commission, and arbitration. She has substantial experience in patent litigation involving a myriad of technologies, particularly in the fields of computer software, computer hardware, medical devices, and consumer products. Ms. Chen has also successfully represented clients in trademark, copyright, licensing, trade secrets, contracts, and employment disputes. Recently, Ms. Chen was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a 2017 “Women of Influence” and distinguished as a “Top 40 Under 40” in 2016. Ms. Chen also won the 2017 “Women Worth Watching in STEM” Award presented by Profiles in Diversity Journal.
Ms. Chen’s courtroom work includes conducting witness examinations at trial as well as arguing disputed motions at pre-trial hearings. Ms. Chen has also handled pre-suit investigations, managed complex discovery, defended and taken numerous depositions, including expert depositions, drafted appellate briefs and assisted her clients in managing post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.
Ms. Chen is also committed to giving back to the legal community by increasing diversity within the profession. She is on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area non-profit organization, Asian Law Alliance. She also co-leads the office’s Women’s Initiative Program, serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee, and is Fish’s 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow. Furthermore, Ms. Chen serves as a Group Leader for litigation associates in Fish’s Silicon Valley office and provides mentorship and guidance to junior attorneys through that role.
Previously, Ms. Chen was a law clerk to the Honorable Ron Clark, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and a judicial intern for the Honorable William Wayne Justice, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Ms. Chen is part of the planning committee for the Eastern District of Texas Bench and Bar Conference. During law school, Ms. Chen obtained the Best Brief award for the Moot Court Competition, was a Judging Director on the Board of Advocates, and received a Texas Law Fellowship. Ms. Chen has also worked in the legal department at Devon Energy.
Lisa Nguyen is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins. Her practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation, and has included actions pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission, federal district courts and state courts. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex multi-defendant, multi-patent cases. She has obtained successful outcomes for her clients at trial, on summary judgment, and on motions to dismiss. She has also obtained walk aways for defendant clients with no payment to plaintiffs, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs awards.
Lisa is a member of Women Enriching Business (WEB), a Latham committee dedicated to promoting women in business both outside and inside the firm through global and local efforts to create broader networks and productive business relationships, to attract top talent and to support the long-term success of women.
Lisa has been recognized as a Rising Star in intellectual property litigation by Northern California Super Lawyers each year since 2013. As an undergraduate, Lisa regularly served as a teaching assistant for the introductory computer science course and was recognized with the Computer Science Department Award for Excellence and Dedication in Teaching. She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science and legal studies from U.C. Berkeley and her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Agnes Juang's practice focuses on obtaining intellectual property protection and providing counsel to clients in the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and medical devices. Her expertise includes strategic worldwide patent procurement, portfolio development and management, counseling on patent strategy, patentability and infringement analysis, due diligence, and licensing.
She currently represents clients in the pharmaceuticals, energy storage, material, nanotechnology, polymer, ultrasound catheter, and cardiovascular industries.
Agnes earned her doctorate degree from California Institute of Technology, where she focused her research on photoelectrochemistry at semiconductor/liquid and semiconductor/solid interfaces. She developed methods to protect silicon surfaces from oxidation by covalent attachment of polymer overlayers while maintaining its electrical property. Agnes also investigated the air stability of modified silicon surfaces using x-ray photospectroscopy and photoconductivity decay measurements.
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.
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.
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.
Christa Anderson handles complex and high-stakes business litigation for some of the country’s top corporations, including Google, SanDisk, Broadcom, American Honda, and Sutter Health. She has extensive experience in the areas of intellectual property (patent, copyright and trademark), breach of contract, antitrust, business torts and class actions.
Ms. Anderson has litigated, mediated and tried cases in federal courts around the country (including California, Texas, and Virginia), as well as in California state court.
16+ years of demonstrated success in spearheading strategic guidance for the global development of biologic products for rare diseases in view of patent, regulatory and competitive landscapes. Highly skilled in broad range of legal and IP-related matters: IP licensing and transactional issues, mergers and acquisitions, private and public financings, SEC filings, general corporate transactional issues, manufacturing and clinical trial agreement drafting and negotiation. A hands-on organizational leader; manages departmental budgets and ensures focused business delivery. Forges and maintains effective relationships with diverse groups of clients and colleagues. Recognized for superior conflict resolution and problem solving skills. Resourceful, sharp, and respected.
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property; Mergers & Acquisitions; Licensing Management; Alliance Management; Contract Development & Negotiation; Cross-Functional Leadership; Tactical & Strategic Support; Budget Management; and Staff Management & Mentorship
Pamela is Senior Attorney at Microsoft with a focus in intellectual property and software licensing. PReviously Pamela held various other Attorney positions at Brobeck, Phledger & Harrison LLP. Pamela has earned a B.A. in English and Literature from the Unviersity of Denver and her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Erin M. Dunston is the Biotechnology practice group leader of the firm's Intellectual Property section and a member of the firm's Associates Committee. She focuses on inter partes reviews, interferences, district court litigation, opinions, and prosecution — primarily in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Her litigation practice includes classic infringement and declaratory judgment cases, as well as Paragraph IV cases.
In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Erin was recognized in IAM’s Patent 1000 list – the best-in-class listing of patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation practitioners and as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property. From 2014 to 2016, Erin has been named a Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer by Chambers USA. Erin also received Lawyer Monthly’s Women in Law 2016 Award for her contributions to the practice of biotechnology law.
Erin has assisted in more than 40 interferences before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. As a result, she is knowledgeable on all phases of interference work, ranging from pre-request analyses to preparation for and participation at final hearings and subsequent appeals to the Federal Circuit.
Erin’s significant interference experience before the PTAB serves as a useful backdrop to the America Invents Act post-grant proceedings, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews, and derivation matters. Erin has handled IPRs for both patent owners and petitioners.
In addition to the IPR matters that Erin is working on, she was also a panelist on the inaugural PTAB AIA Roundtable, held on April 15, 2014 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The panel discussed AIA trial statistics, lessons learned and techniques for successful motions practice. The fact pattern used at that roundtable, and all subsequent PTAB roundtables throughout the country, was initially drafted by Erin for a Pauline Newman Inn of Court meeting titled “Concurrent Post-Grant Proceedings: Dos, Don’ts, and Tips for Creating a Strong Record for Appeal or Civil Action,” where Erin moderated a panel of judges and practitioners. Erin served as a panelist in April of 2016 for a PTO 'Boardside Chat' on the recent rule amendments.
To help to ensure familiarity with current patent practice and to complement her litigation, post-grant, and interference work, Erin maintains a significant patent prosecution docket. Erin has experience in all phases of patent prosecution, from pre-filing investigations and application drafting to appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Federal Circuit.
Having spent over a decade doing academic research in the medical field, Alicia Russo has a strong passion for technology and brings a deep understanding to the highly technical matters she works on. Her peers refer to her as exceptionally creative and insightful. Her passion for technology and her creativity translate into favorable results. Alicia has significant experience in intellectual property due diligence and licensing associated with high profile acquisitions and is the lead of the firm’s due diligence practice. She has successfully represented clients in complex patent litigation and contested proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, she has successfully secured patents for clients in numerous technical fields, including the medical and energy fields. She also acts as an ardent representative for clients abroad in foreign patent litigation, oppositions, invalidation proceedings and patent prosecution and has a unique understanding of intellectual property considerations across the globe critical for assisting clients in developing consistent worldwide strategies. In addition to having experience and a strong understanding in the medical field, including biologics and small molecule pharmaceuticals, Alicia has significant experience in the fields of energy, fiber technology, building materials, biotechnology, and bioinformatics.
Ms. Russo’s scientific career resulted in numerous publications in noteworthy scientific journals, such as Science, Nature, Cell and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, with articles featured on the cover of both Nature and Cell. She is also extensively published in the legal field.