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Trade Secrets 2014: What Every IP Attorney Should Know

Speaker(s): Hon. Faith S. Hochberg, Hon. James P. Kleinberg (Ret.), Hon. Ronald S.W. Lew, Laura Wen-yu Young, Marti A. Johnson, P. Anthony Sammi, Stephen F. Lapham, Victoria A. Cundiff, Vivek Mani
Recorded on: Feb. 24, 2014
PLI Program #: 51640

Judge Kleinberg retired from the Superior Court of California in April 2014 after 12 years of service. Since then he has served as a neutral with JAMS based in both the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices handling arbitration, mediation, mock trials and appeals, and special federal and state court assignments, such as discovery referee and special master. During his last three years on the bench he supervised the Complex Civil Litigation department. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School Judge Kleinberg was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. In 1969 he entered commercial litigation practice with a firm in San Francisco and in 1983 joined McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (later Bingham Mccutchen) as a litigation partner in San Jose, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. In practice he handled major commercial cases in courts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 2013 he was named "Outstanding Jurist" by the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and in 2014 he was named "Trial Judge of the Year" by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association. He serves as co-ombudsperson in a program initiated by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and is a past-President and currently a Director of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California and the William A. Ingram Inn of Court. And Judge Kleinberg was Chair of the California State Bar's Litigation Section. He is a regular panelist for PLI and the Sedona Conference, and was designated a Holton Teaching Fellow at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.

Laura Wen-yu Young is a Partner in the law firm of Wang and Wang, LLP, with offices in Shanghai, and San Francisco.  She received her AB and JD from UC Berkeley.  She is a Director of the Wang Family Foundation, and serves as President of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum Advisory Board, and is a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation. 

She has taught International Intellectual Property Law at Soochow University’s Kenneth Wang School of Law, Cornell University Law School, Pacific/McGeorge School of Law, and also taught Foundations of Law: China and the West, at UC Berkeley.  She is the author of many articles on business law and intellectual property in China and Taiwan, published by CCH Asia, Juris, Warren Gorham Lamont, West Publishing, INTA’s Trademark Reporter, and others.

P. Anthony Sammi
Patent and Other Complex Intellectual Property Litigation

P. Anthony Sammi concentrates his practice on litigating intellectual property cases, particularly high-technology patent and trade secret cases, at the trial level.

With a background in electrical engineering and physics, Mr. Sammi has litigated a broad range of matters involving software, hardware, business method and e-commerce patents and trade secrets, as well as computer source code copyrights. His practice also includes counseling both U.S. and multinational clients on evaluating, licensing and protecting intellectual property portfolios.

Representative technologies that Mr. Sammi has litigated include: digital electronics and hardware; computer software and source code (HLASM, C++); mobile telephone and VoIP technology; blood centrifuge devices; satellite on-board computer stability systems; medical implant devices; sporting equipment; pharmaceuticals; cosmetics; MPEG video technology; Ethernet connectivity hardware; and digital imaging and storage systems in the financial industry.

He is a member of the Skadden group recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its 2013 “IP Hot List.”

Selected engagements include:

  • lead trial counsel on technology claims in a U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement jury trial representing plaintiff, a leading software technology company; obtained a jury verdict, multimillion-dollar damages award, and permanent injunction for infringement and misappropriation;
  • lead trial counsel in a U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, patent infringement jury trial representing defendant, one of the largest national archives of check images and electronic content for multi-bank infrastructure solutions; lead counsel in successfully defending against a preliminary injunction sought by the plaintiffs in a U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation action representing a leading global software development firm;
  • trial counsel in a U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, patent infringement trial representing defendant, a leading sports equipment manufacturer, in which judgments of non-infringement and patent claim invalidity due to obviousness were obtained;
  • arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit representing the defendant-appellee, a leading sports equipment manufacturer, in the plaintiff’s appeal of district court post-trial judgment of invalidity and non-infringement; District Court judgments in favor of client were affirmed;
  • representing a world-leading satellite manufacturer in defending against claims of patent infringement involving complex satellite guidance, stability, and station-keeping circuitry and control systems;
  • leading the patent aspects of a multibillion-dollar acquisition of a social networking and VoIP service provider company; and leading the patent aspects of a multibillion-dollar merger and settlement relating to mobile device manufacturers.
  • Representative clients have included: JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Bank One Corporation; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Motorola, Inc.; Virgin Mobile USA, LLC; Rocket Software, Inc.; AstraZeneca PLC; Benetton Sportsystem USA, Inc.; Compaq Computer Corporation; Viewpointe Archive Services L.L.C.; Trish McEvoy, Inc.; Infra+ S.A.; and Aspen Technology, Inc.


  • Speaker, “US Round Table: Best Practices Post AIA,” MIP Global IP & Innovation Summit, September 4-5, 2013, Shanghai
  • Presenter, “Litigating Against Non-Practicing Entities,” Sixth Annual Patent Law Institute, February 16, 2012
  • Member, Steering Committee; Speaker, "Building Client Relationships," The New Partner Forum, The American Lawyer, New York City, October 11-12, 2011
  • Presenter, "The Role of the Specification in Claim Construction: Is It a Guidepost or a Fence?" BNA webinar, June 15, 2011
  • TV Interview, “How ‘Gesture Technology’ Like Microsoft Kinect Will Change the Way We Live,” PBS’ Need to Know, April 8, 2011
  • Presenter, “Litigating With An Eye Toward Trial,” Fifth Annual Patent Law Institute, February/March 2011
  • Presenter, “Reexamination: Be Careful What You Wish For,” AIPLA 2011 Mid-Winter Institute, February 2011
  • Speaker, “Strategic Xenophobia: Fighting Litigation Techniques that Vilify Origin and Ethnicity,” 2010 National South Asian Bar Association Annual Convention, June 26, 2010
  • Panelist, Morning Plenary Session, 2010 Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum, May 17, 2010

Bar Admissions
New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York


J.D., Cornell Law School, 1998
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, 1995

Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association
Past President and Director, South Asian Bar Association of New York
Past Director, National South Asian Bar Association


Co-Author “Good Clean Fun: Using Clean Room Procedures in Intellectual Property
Litigation,” Intellectual Property and Technology Journal, October 2013 (Vol. 25, No.
“Trade Secrets,” (Chapter 15) New York Business Litigation, New York Law Journal, 2013



Related Practices

  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Litigation
  • Patent and Other Complex Intellectual Property Litigation

Stephen Lapham
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Viewpointe, LLC

Steve Lapham joined Viewpointe in 2003, and his responsibilities include handling corporate governance and business transactions for the company, as well as overseeing intellectual property, litigation, human resources, audit, compliance, and areas of risk management. Steve’s professional background includes six years in private practice where he handled both business transactions and civil litigation. Prior to joining Viewpointe, he was Associate General Counsel at Sonic Automotive, Inc., where he handled transactional work, governmental/regulatory issues, and managed litigation for the company. Steve graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor.

The Honorable Faith S. Hochberg is a nationally recognized U.S. Federal Judge and former United States Attorney known for her broad expertise in complex corporate, securities, antitrust and patent litigation. She retired from the bench in 2015 and founded Hochberg ADR, which provides mediation, arbitration and strategic advisory services. She is also a distinguished neutral on the rosters of AAA, ICDR, Federal Arbitration, CPR, WIPO, ITC and ICC. Additional information is available on the website,

Judge Hochberg was twice nominated by the President, and confirmed by the Senate, first as United States Attorney and thereafter a United States District Judge. She has presided over thousands of federal cases: class actions; Securities; Banking; Patent, Copyright & Trademark; Pharmaceuticals, Antitrust; Insurance; Federal Arbitration Act; and Corporate Contract and Partnership matters. Judge Hochberg has exceptional expertise in patent cases, as well as nationwide cases where she was appointed by the Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation. She has been invited to speak nationwide and abroad about U.S. litigation.

Judge Hochberg has presided by designation with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and has served as a Patent Pilot judge. She was honored as the first Fellow of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of intellectual property law. She also serves on its Advisory Board, together with entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Judge Hochberg previously served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury Department, as well as in the private practice of law.

Judge Hochberg graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where she was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Tufts University. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also attended the London School of Economics.

Victoria A. Cundiff is a partner at Paul Hastings resident in New York, where she is a leader of the Firm’s nationally ranked global trade secrets litigation practice.  She works with clients in a variety of industries including technology, software, media, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, Ecommerce, manufacturing and sales and distribution organizations. She has tried trade secrets and related commercial and intellectual property disputes throughout the United States and before a variety of arbitration and mediation tribunals.  As important is her work to help organizations avoid litigation.  She has designed contracts, training programs, and confidential verification protocols for investigating and resolving intellectual property use and ownership disputes in and outside court. 

Ms. Cundiff writes and speaks frequently on intellectual property issues. She particularly enjoys sharing her experience with students.  She is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches intellectual property law and at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Virginia Law School, where she teaches trade secrets law and has spoken at WIPO’s summer school for lawyers, professionals and officials from around the world.

Ms. Cundiff is the Vice Chair of the Sedona Conference Trade Secrets Working Group and has served as the Vice Chair of the IPO’s Committee on Trade Secrets and Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America; Chambers; Legal 500 (which has named her to its “Hall of Fame” nationally in Trade Secrets law); and New York Super Lawyers, among other directories. She is on the Board of the United States Senate Youth Program Alumni Association and on the Advisory Board of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. She is a member of the American Law Institute.  She provides legal services to Open Style Lab, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to making style accessible for everyone, regardless of their cognitive and physical abilities, and has served on the Board of the York Theatre Company, a 501(c)(3) organization a 501(c)(3) organization based in Manhattan that is devoted to developing new musicals and talent and rediscovering prior gems.

United States District Judge

Judge Ronald S.W. Lew was born in Los Angeles, the third of nine children. His father was a Chinese launderer who immigrated from Guangdong Province and operated the Mandarin Laundry in downtown Los Angeles. Judge Lew worked his way through school in his father's laundry business.

Upon graduation from Loyola University, Judge Lew commenced his study at Southwestern University School of Law. His legal education was interrupted by the draft. After serving as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, he returned to Southwestern and was admitted to practice law in 1971. He worked as a deputy city attorney for two and a half years before going into the private practice of law.

While in the last year of law school, Judge Lew married Mamie (who was born in Guangdong, China) and started their family. Judge Lew enjoys sharing his free time with his four children, spouses and grandchildren.

Judge Lew was first appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1982, and then elevated to Superior Court in 1984. On May 7, 1987, President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Lew to the federal bench where he now serves in the Central District of California. He is the first Chinese-American appointed as a United States District Judge in the continental United States.

Always active in civic and community affairs, Judge Lew helped to establish the Chinatown Service Center, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association and the Chinese American Museum. He currently sits on the boards of the Southwestern School of Law, Friends of the Chinese American Museum, American Inns of Court and the Federal Bar Association. He is a past board member of the Chinese Heart Council, Federal Judges Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association Judges= Committee, Committee on International Judicial Relations of the United States Judicial Conference and both a past board member and member of the Committee of 100.

As a past board member of the Committee on International Judicial Relations, Judge Lew traveled abroad to assist foreign courts and international judicial organizations create programs and establish lasting relationships. Today, as a Senior U.S. District Court Judge, he continues his efforts to promote the establishment and expansion of the rule of law and administration of justice by his frequent participation in speaking engagements overseas. Furthermore, in his personal time, Judge Lew consistently gives back to the legal profession by participating in educational programs, both domestic and overseas, organized by various governmental agencies, bar associations, and law schools.

Marti Johnson concentrates her practice on intellectual property and technology law, with a focus on patent and trade secret litigation. She has represented clients in federal and state litigation, multidistrict litigation, arbitration, and before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board.  She is a member of the Skadden group recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its 2013 “IP Hot List.”

Ms. Johnson has represented clients in matters involving a wide array of technologies, including computer hardware and software, financial systems, e-commerce, Internet technologies, food processing and engineering, telecommunications systems, medical devices, data transmission, semiconductors, electronic displays (including micromirror array and LCD technology) and pharmaceuticals.

Ms. Johnson also provides guidance to her clients on a variety of issues, including intellectual property transactions, freedom to operate determinations, electronic discovery parameters and damages evaluations.

Ms. Johnson’s pro bono practice includes nonprofit intellectual property investigations, social security benefits representation, prisoner abuse cases, and work for the Innocence Project.

Vivek Mani specializes in applying economic and financial analyses to complex commercial litigation matters. He has worked on numerous cases involving intellectual property, securities, valuation, and financial institutions. Mr. Mani has broad experience in all all phases of litigation, including preparation of expert reports, deposition testimony, mediation and trial. Mr. Mani received a M.A. from Boston University, a M.S. from Madras School of Economics and a B.A. from Fergusson College.