Nilanka Maldeniya is Senior Corporate Counsel at AMD’s (Advanced Micro Devices) headquarters in Santa Clara, California. She represents the business in diverse commercial and hardware/software licensing matters and manages the company’s marketing legal function and global trademark portfolio. Prior to AMD Nilanka was in private practice at the leading Toronto law firms of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP where she focused on corporate/securities law and commercial/regulatory insurance law, respectively.
Nilanka has authored numerous articles on insurance law matters and previously spoken on the topics of Anti-Bribery and Foreign Corruption Practices and M&A Legal Challenges. Nilanka received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. She is a dual-licensed attorney, being a member of the California Bar as well as of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Jessica Nguyen leads (and built from the ground up) the legal department at PayScale, a rapidly growing tech company based in Seattle focused on cloud-based compensation management solutions. Currently, PayScale is #6 on the GeekWire tech start-up rankings. Prior to PayScale, Jessica supported the Outlook and Exchange teams at Microsoft and helped other tech start-ups (Avalara and hibu) scale and grow their businesses.
Taylor Bloom is the Senior Intellectual Property Counsel for Verve. Taylor is experienced in trademark, patent, copyright and trade secret counseling and litigation. Ms. Bloom is responsible for all legal and administrative matters related to Verve's IP portfolio.
At Verve, Taylor has helped secured new patents protecting core company inventions. Ms. Bloom assesses patentability and freedom to operate in a range of cross discipline technologies to grow and diversify Verve’s IP portfolio while simultaneously evaluating competitor presence and legal enforceability. Taylor is also the 2016-2017 Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the San Diego County Bar Association. In addition, Taylor serves as a Trustee on La Jolla Town Council.
Taylor received her J.D. with an Intellectual Property Concentration from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 2013. In law school, she served as the President of the McGeorge Intellectual Property Student Association, President of the Jewish Law Student Association, and was employed as a law clerk at Bell, McAndrews, and Hiltachk, LLP. In addition, she moderated intellectual property law conferences and symposiums with a focus in sports law. Prior to law school, Taylor received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara, a Technology Management Certification through the College of Engineering, and a Minor in History.
Liz Bui, J.D., Ph.D. oversees all matters related to intellectual property and is instrumental in the execution of corporate partnerships, licensing contracts, and other key business alliances. Prior to joining ViaCyte, Dr. Bui was with the law firm of DLA Piper in the Global Life Science Sector, where she focused on IP asset management and protection strategies. She began her law career as a technology specialist at the firm of Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly. Dr. Bui holds a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from the University of California, Los Angeles and was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine where her research focused on the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease. She received her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California.
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
Michelle is a patent attorney with 13 years’ experience in patent prosecution, portfolio management, patent analysis, licensing and monetization. She currently works as patent counsel for nLIGHT Inc. and has held past positions at Craig Patent Law PLLC and Stolowitz ford Cowger LLP. Michelle earned a BS in Chemistry from Eastern Washington University and received her JD from Willamette University College of Law. She belongs to the Oregon Patent Law Association.
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.
Mara Arenson is an attorney for the Office Product Group at Microsoft. She is responsible for advising the Information Protection Group regarding matters pertaining to privacy, GDPR, data breaches and security incidents. Mara is also legal counsel for Microsoft’s FastTrack cloud migration program. Prior to Microsoft, Mara was general counsel for a for an enterprise compliance technology start-up and practiced law at Cooley LLP and Epstein, Becker & Green.
Mara is author of Essentials of Enterprise Compliance (https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Essentials+of+Enterprise+Compliance-p-9780470404768), published by J. Wiley and Karoshi: Is It Sweeping America? (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/2v29n6v0) published by the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal. She earned her JD from Syracuse Law School, LLM from the University of Washington in Asian Comparative Law and BA from New York University.
Jacqueline Beaumont focuses her practice on the representation of clients in complex commercial and employment matters. She has represented clients at the forefront of wage-and-hour class action disputes, wrongful termination allegations, and discrimination claims under Title VII and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. Ms. Beaumont also represents companies in commercial litigation, including employee raiding, unfair competition, and trade secrets misappropriation.
Ms. Beaumont’s results include successful jury and bench trial verdicts, summary judgment victories, and injunctions and dismissals secured for her clients in state and federal court. She has broad expertise in all areas of employment law and advising, including drafting and implementing workplace policies, guiding employee investigations and terminations, overseeing reductions in force, and negotiating executive agreements. She is well-versed in the business concerns and practical daily needs of her clients, having spent a long-term assignment in the in-house employment law department of a large public company.
Super Lawyers has recognized Ms. Beaumont as one of Southern California’s “Up-And-Coming 50 Women,” and one of Orange County’s “Top 25 Up-And-Coming Attorneys,” and for six consecutive years she has been named a Rising Star for excellence in the practice of law. She was honored as a 2016 and 2017 “Women in Business” nominee in the Orange County Business Journal, and has received the Wiley W. Manuel pro bono award. Ms. Beaumont serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, is a member of the Orange County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, and is the Co-Chair of the OCBA Mommy Esquire Committee.
Ms. Beaumont received her Juris Doctorate in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). In law school, Ms. Beaumont served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, and was a senior editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. She was a member of the Western Regional Championship-winning team in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court competition, and now volunteers as a coach to the UC Irvine team.
Ms. Beaumont obtained a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, cum laude, from the University of California, Davis, and studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris, France. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Call & Jensen, Ms. Beaumont was an associate with Morrison & Foerster LLP and worked at public relations firms in San Francisco and Beijing, China.
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.