Sharmini Green has 22 years experience as a patent attorney specializing in computer software, the past 15.5 years as an in-house attorney with Intel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and received her J.D. from Santa Clara University. Sharmini is currently one of the Deputy Directors of Patents in the Intel Patent Group. In this role, she oversees various aspects of Intel’s global patent portfolio management including cost management and foreign law firm management. She also defines and executes patentfiling strategies for Intel’s new and cutting edge technologies such as Internet of Things, autonomous driving, drones, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Sharmini is an active member of Intel’s Diversity & Inclusion team, helping Intel move towards their goal of equal representation based on market availability in the United States by 2020.
Prior to law school, Sharmini worked at Oracle Corporation for 6.5 years in various engineering and engineering management roles, focused primarily on Oracle’s PC products and networking tools. After law school and prior to joining Intel, Sharmini worked at a number of Silicon Valley and Southern California law firms, handling patent prosecution, patent litigation as well as intellectual property related contract negotiations and drafting.
Mackenzie Martin is based in the Dallas office of Baker & McKenzie and previously worked for the Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai offices. Ms. Martin's primary areas of practice are patent litigation, patent prosecution, intellectual property portfolio advising, technology agreements, and China-related intellectual property matters.
Clients count on Amy to move their business forward. Whether litigating a complex patent suit, or advising on a multi-faceted IP strategy, Amy incorporates an in-depth understanding of each client’s business, employees and corporate strategy into her solutions.
For her litigation practice, Amy’s ability to distill the most complicated technology across an array of fields, including telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing, renewable energy, cloud computing, and big data, into relatable, every day concepts that has made her successful in persuading judges and juries alike. She has lead trial teams, litigated, and tried cases in state court in California, numerous District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and has briefed appeals before the 9th Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of California, and the United States Supreme Court. Whether litigating patent, trade secret, or IP contract disputes, Amy strives to put herself in her client’s shoes to ensure personalized results tailored to each client’s business objectives.
Amy also provides comprehensive IP counseling on issues including trade secrets protection, employee departure investigations, freedom to operate analysis, licensing strategies, data privacy protection, and regulatory compliance. She has also conducted comprehensive patent portfolio reviews and assisted with IP corporate transactions.
In addition to her IP work, Amy devotes significant time to her pro bono work. For more than a decade, she has assisted domestic violence victims, as well as led Orrick’s Bay Area summer program that enables law clerks to be certified to argue in Family Court to obtain Temporary Restraining Orders for domestic violence clients.
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.
Saina Shamilov’s national practice focuses on patent and other intellectual property litigation and counseling. She has experience with all aspects of litigation including summary judgment, trial and appeal. She has successfully represented clients in various jurisdictions around the country including Northern District of California, Central District of California, District of Delaware, and Eastern District of Texas. She has also represented clients in Section 337 investigations instituted by the U.S. International Trade Commission and represented petitioners and patent owners in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Saina has been repeatedly recognized as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers. In 2015, Saina was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s most influential women. Saina was also recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer by the Bar Association of San Francisco's Justice & Diversity Center in 2016 for her pro bono work.
Prior to attending law school, Saina was a software engineer. Her technical background allows her to effectively understand her clients’ technologies and translate difficult technical issues into arguments that are understandable and compelling to the judge or jury. She has developed a record of establishing early defense strategies that drive early settlements or dismissals with non-practicing entities. Saina has successfully represented clients in various technological fields including networking and telecommunications, e-commerce and Internet-related technologies, software engineering, computer architecture, CRM systems and database management.
In 2014, Saina was a second-chair trial counsel for Zillow and Adchemy winning a defense verdict in the Western District of North Carolina against competitor LendingTree. After a five weeks trial, the jury found that Zillow and Adchemy did not infringe the asserted patents and the patents were invalid.
Saina was a trial counsel for Amazon.com winning a defense jury verdict in Delaware in Cordance v. Amazon.com in which two of the three asserted patents were found not infringed and the third invalid.
Uma N. Everett is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Trial & Appellate Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in the area of patent litigation and has represented clients in patent cases in federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission in the pharmaceutical and electronics industries. She has extensive experience representing clients in the pharmaceutical industry in litigation arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act.
Uma is experienced in the development of all aspects of case strategy and the efficient management of complicated electronic discovery issues. She has served as trial counsel in multiple proceedings, and is experienced in all aspects of litigation from pre-suit investigation through trial and appeal. In addition, she has handled appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal and Third Circuits.
While attending law school at Georgetown University Law Center, Uma served as the senior notes editor of The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Prior to attending law school, Uma worked at Price Waterhouse as management consultant. Uma received her B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia.
Gaby Higgins is an IP trial lawyer in Ropes & Gray’s globally recognized IP litigation practice, Vice Chair of the PTAB Bar Association’s Diversity Committee and Subcommittee Chair of the AIPLA USPTO Inter Partes Proceedings Committee responsible for programming. As a trial lawyer, she has extensive experience representing major high-tech companies, including Samsung, Google, VIZIO, and HP, in district court, ITC and Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings.
Gaby has been counsel of record in over 100 proceedings at the PTAB. She has a perfect record before the Board, invalidating all challenged claims that have been addressed at Final Written Decision, and in all of the decisions that have been appealed to the Federal Circuit.
Gaby has been recognized as one of The Recorder’s “50 Women Leaders in Tech Law” and named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” list. This year, Gaby was also named one of California’s “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” by the Daily Journal. She holds leadership roles within Ropes & Gray’s Women’s Forum Steering Committee and is also the Associate Development Partner for the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Her community efforts fostering young women’s development include coaching basketball at a local middle school.
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.
Carolyn Toto, a Pillsbury Intellectual Property partner, litigates in state and federal courts and provides strategic counseling to optimize the value of clients’ IP portfolios. Carolyn advises technology industry leaders on all aspects of IP litigation, prosecution and portfolio management. She has successfully resolved patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright infringement cases through jury trial, on appeal and by negotiated settlement. Carolyn has obtained protection for various technologies, including imaging systems and medical devices, in jurisdictions worldwide. Well versed in the legal issues involving social media, content distribution and advertising, Carolyn co-leads the firm’s Internet and Social Media team and manages the firm’s Social Media & Games Law Blog. REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE Providing ongoing strategic patent prosecution and counseling for a global imaging technology company. Providing global trademark prosecution and counseling related to brand portfolios of major consumer products companies, including handling trademark oppositions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Represented the plaintiff in a successful patent infringement action involving a medical device used in pacemaker implantation that was tried to a jury and resulted in a finding of validity and infringement for the client.