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IP Issues in Business Transactions 2019


Speaker(s): Aaron P. Rubin, Anne-Kathrin Kroemer, Chris Bollard, Christian H. Nadan, David S. Almeling, Debra A. Dandeneau, Dr. Lothar Determann, Eric A. Prager, Jason D. Kipnis, Jeffrey D. Osterman, Jeffrey L. Van Hoosear, John Tsai, Karen N. Ballack, Marjorie M. Goux, Martin J. Collins, Mary A. Fuller, Ray Strimaitis, Smita Rajmohan, Suzanne Y. Bell, Theodore D. Herzog, Thomas F. Villeneuve, Tsan Abrahamson, Violetta A. Kokolus
Recorded on: Feb. 7, 2019
PLI Program #: 249512

Lothar Determann practices and teaches international technology, commercial and intellectual property law.

At Baker & McKenzie LLP in San Francisco and Palo Alto, he has been counseling companies since 1998 on data privacy law compli-ance and taking products, business models, intellectual property and contracts international. He is admitted to practice in California and Germany. He has been recognized as one of the top 10 Copyright At-torneys and Top 25 Intellectual Property Attorneys in California by the San Francisco & Los Angeles Daily Journal and as a leading law-yer by Chambers, Legal 500, IAM and others. For more information see www.bakermckenzie.com.

Prof. Dr. Determann has been a member of the Association of German Public Law Professors since 1999 and teaches Data Privacy Law, Computer Law and Internet Law at Freie Universität Berlin (since 1994), UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall, annually since 2004), Hastings College of the Law (since 2010), Stanford Law School (2011) and University of San Francisco School of Law (2000-2005). He has authored more than 120 articles and treatise contributions as well as 5 books, including Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law (3d Edition, 2017) and California Privacy Law - Practical Guide and Commentary (2nd Ed. 2017).

 


Chris Bollard is a partner in the Technology and Innovation team of Matheson, one of Ireland’s leading law firms. Chris splits his time between Dublin and Palo Alto where he advises clients on a host of data protection, information technology, e-commerce and intellectual property issues. Prior to joining Matheson, Chris spent eight years with another leading Irish law firm.

Chris advises on the protection and commericalisation of intellectual property including software licences, software development agreements, intellectual property assignments and intellectual property transfers in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

Chris advises local and international companies on compliance with data protection laws including GDPR compliance, data processing agreements, international data transfers, data protection impact assessments and data access requests.  Chris has particular experience advising international, data rich companies who are doing business in Ireland.

On the e-commerce side, Chris is frequently called on to advise companies selling goods and services online.  As well as the core of IT/DP and IP issues, Chris also advises on more niche regulatory matters such as gambling law, the law relating to promotions and advertising, e-signatures and the Commercial Agents Directive.

Chris is a regular speaker on data protection issues and has lectured on the Law Society’s professional course for trainee solicitors as well as their Certificate in Data Protection Law course and the Diploma in Technology Law course.  Chris has also spoken in start-up incubators such as Nova (UCD), the Ryan Academy (DCU), and Launchbox (Trinity).  Chris is a co-author of the Irish chapter of the European Lawyers Reference book on Gaming Law (1st, 2nd and 3rd editions).

Chris holds a BCL law degree from University College Cork and an LLM in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford.  He is admitted as a solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland.


Debra A. Dandeneau is co-chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Restructuring and Insolvency Group and chair of its North America Restructuring and Insolvency Group. Her practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor and creditors’ rights.

Ms. Dandeneau has been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2018 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation-Bankruptcy. She has also been recognized by Legal 500 US for Municipal Bankruptcy and Super Lawyers 2006-2017 for Bankruptcy. Super Lawyers has also named Debra among the 2017 Top Women for Bankruptcy Business in New York.

Ms. Dandeneau has dealt with a variety of entities experiencing financial distress, as well as a range of industries. Over the course of her career, her work has included representations in the real estate, manufacturing, power generation, healthcare, municipal, retail, and service sectors.

Ms. Dandeneau's professional honors include:

  • "Top Women" for Bankruptcy: Business in New York, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • "Super Lawyer" in Bankruptcy, Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, The Legal Aid Society, 2008
  • Recommended Lawyer in Municipal Bankruptcy in the US, Legal 500 US, 2015
  • "Best Lawyer" in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2018


Eric A. Prager, a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group, assists clients with all types of intellectual property issues. His practice involves contentious and non-contentious work, including strategic counseling, due diligence of IP assets, sophisticated licensing and agreement work, and litigation. He has litigated copyright, false advertising, patent, trademark and trade secret cases in courts around the country.

 With significant experience in the area of digital content distribution and protection, Eric represents one of the Big Three record companies and a major online subscription music service in their digital content matters. 

 Eric assisted in drafting several “digital agenda” copyright treaties for the World Intellectual Property Organization, including the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.  He has also served on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Public Advisory Committee for Trademark Affairs.

 Eric serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School in New York co-chairs the New York version of this PLI program.


Jeffrey Osterman is a partner in Weil’s Technology & IP Transactions practice and concentrates on matters with deep commercial or technical complexity. He has had extensive experience with pure patent licensing, technology transfer, outsourcing, technology integration, content licensing and merchandising.

Mr. Osterman recently advised Sanofi in its worldwide exclusive licensing agreement with MannKind Corporation to develop and commercialize Afrezza (insulin human) Inhalation Powder; Verizon in connection with the acquisition of cloud TV technology from Intel; Lenovo in connection with the acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google; and Mubadala and Sony/ATV in connection with the proposed $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing. Mr. Osterman also regularly represents Panasonic in connection with a wide variety of transactional matters involving consumer electronics and GE in connection with the IP aspects of numerous corporate transactions. He also counsels clients with respect to their rights under existing agreements and the development of new technologies.

Mr. Osterman lived in Japan from May 1997 to May 1998 where he worked in-house on loan to the headquarters of Panasonic Corporation.

Mr. Osterman is a member of the State Bar of New York and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has appeared on national television and lectured on intellectual property, electronic privacy and e-commerce throughout the United States and on U.S. intellectual property and contract law in Japan. He is also the Vice Chair of the IP Licensing Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners’ Association and is active in the open source legal community.

Mr. Osterman has received a number of awards for his expertise including being ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as a national and global leader in the technology and outsourcing fields and by Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in the field of intellectual property. He is also recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars for Copyright, Counselling and Licensing, by Best Lawyers in America for Information Technology Law and in IAM Patent 2014.

Education

Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1995)

Cornell University (B.A., cum laude, 1992)


John Tsai is IP Counsel at Stripe, where he works on all aspects of IP.

He started his in-house career at PayPal, working on patent strategy and open source, before transitioning to Facebook, where he supported all Facebook companies (including Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus) in IP licensing.

John graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2009.  After graduation he joined the SF office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a patent litigator and later worked in IP licensing at Bridges and Mavrakakis LLP. 

John leverages his technical background to better understand how to best protect a company’s IP.  He has extensive experience in IP licensing, open source, patent strategy, and M&A due diligence.  He is also a member of the Ambassador’s Council of the California Minority Counsel Program, a non-profit dedicated to promoting diversity in the legal profession by providing attorneys of color with access and opportunity for business and professional development.


Karen Ballack is an intellectual property transactional attorney with emphasis on representing technology companies, particularly in the computer (hardware and software), Internet, semiconductor, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Ms. Ballack has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex technology and intellectual property alliances and transactions. Representative matters include: licensing arrangements; research and development collaborations; joint ventures; strategic alliances and corporate partnering transactions; intellectual property acquisitions and divestitures; manufacture and supply arrangements; distribution and reseller arrangements; co-marketing alliances; consulting and professional services agreements; and other arrangements involving the commercial exploitation of technology and intellectual property. Ms. Ballack’s practice also includes providing intellectual property assistance in connection with private equity, M&A and other corporate transactions. Ms. Ballack is frequently engaged as a guest speaker on topics relating to technology and intellectual property transactions.

Experience

Yahoo! in connection with a variety of Yahoo’s strategic technology and intellectual property collaborations, arrangements, acquisitions and divestitures and all technology and intellectual property aspects of over 30 of Yahoo’s M&A deals.  Most recently, Ms. Ballack served as Yahoo’s lead intellectual property counsel on Yahoo’s highly publicized reverse spin-off of its operating business, auction sale of that business, and ~ $4.48 billion acquisition of that business by Verizon, as well as Yahoo’s transfer of approximately 4,000 patent assets to a new Yahoo subsidiary, Excalibur, for monetization purposes.

Technology and intellectual property alliances, transactions, acquisitions and divestitures on behalf of Advanced Technology Investment Company, Apple, Applied Materials, ArthroCare, Cardinal Health, Getty Images, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, HCL Technologies, Illumina, Intel, Maxim Integrated, Micron Technology, Orix USA, Panasonic, PDL Biopharma, Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a DuPont company), Sumeru Equity Partners, Texas Instruments, The Progeria Research Foundation, TPG, Trimble Navigation, United Way, Vonage, and Wind River Systems.

Research and development collaborations involving technology companies, universities (such as California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Texas A&M and University of California), and research institutions (such as National Institutes of Health).

Ms. Ballack is actively involved with the Firm’s diversity and pro bono efforts. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Progeria Research Foundation.

Ms. Ballack is widely recognized in the industry. Among her recent accolades, she was named among “The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2018” by IAM Strategy 300 and among the “Top 250 Women in IP 2017” by Managing Intellectual Property. The Recorder named Ms. Ballack a “Trusted Advisor” for technology transactions in 2016 and 2017. She was named by The Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s 2015 Women of Influence. Ms. Ballack was named to the Daily Journal’s 2017 list of “Top 100 Lawyers in California.” She was also named to the Daily Journal’s 2014 - 2016 lists of Top Women Lawyers in California, with the publication noting “When Weil represents major technology giants in high-value corporate transactions, the firm calls on Ballack to handle the complex intellectual property aspects of the deals.” She has also been included in The Recorder’s 2013, 2015 – 2017 lists of Women Leaders in Technology Law, which recognizes women lawyers who have demonstrated leadership and expertise in solving the most pressing legal concerns in the technology sector. She has been ranked by Chambers USA 2010-2018 as a leader in California in the field of IT & IT Outsourcing. Sources in Chambers USA 2015 describe Ms. Ballack as having the ability to “cut through and find areas of compromise” in major M&A deals and as being “a superb drafter and negotiator.” She has been recognized by The Legal 500 US 2010-2018 in the field of Intellectual Property, Patent Licensing, and has also been named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2013-2018. Ms. Ballack has also been named to the 2017 and 2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers list.  In addition, Ms. Ballack is included in IAM Licensing 250’s “World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers” and IAM Patent 1000’s “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.”


Smita Rajmohan is an associate in the Technology Transactions Group at Cooley LLP specializing in technology-related commercial transactions. She is qualified to practice in both India and California. Smita represents some of the world’s most exciting and disruptive brands and startups. Her clients include household names in Internet, digital and social media, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.

Smita graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2014 where she served as an Associate Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Law and Technology. After graduation, Smita worked as an associate in the IP transactions group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco.

Smita is a frequent speaker on IP, data privacy and cybersecurity issues and was nominated as the "Young Privacy Professional Leader for the San Francisco Bay Area" by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) in 2017. Smita is also a member of the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association for Northern California (SABA) and the Berkeley Law Alumni Association (BLAA). Before her move to the United States, Smita worked as a litigation attorney appearing before the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court.


Ted Herzog is Sector General Counsel – International at Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services.  In his current role, Ted is responsible for Ecolab’s international legal matters, as well as for legal support for digital commercial solutions, global supply chain and IT security.  Ted also serves as Ecolab’s global data protection officer and spent four years advising Ecolab’s management and board of directors in the areas of corporate governance and securities law.

Prior to joining Ecolab in February 2014, Ted served as global legal counsel responsible for legal support of all supply chain-related operations for Honeywell’s largest division.  Earlier in his career, Ted spent five years at Pentair, Inc., progressing through a series of legal roles including as general counsel of Pentair’s largest division, M&A counsel and global lead compliance leader. Ted spent seven years in private practice at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, serving clients in numerous areas of law, including international business transactions, M&A, corporate governance, securities law, corporate finance, compliance and international employee benefits.

Ted earned a juris doctor from the Stanford University School of Law, a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota, a diploma from Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and German from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.  In addition, Ted was a Fulbright Scholar in the Faculty of Economics at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. 


Violetta Kokolus advises on complex technology and intellectual property transactions. Her practice focuses on intellectual property licensing, intellectual property development strategies (including, patent pools and data monetization) and product-related commercial matters. She also advises clients in connection with technology and intellectual property issues in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, financings and restructurings in a variety of industries within both the public and private sector.

Representative transactions of Ms. Kokolus include advising:

  • a software company in managing its IP licensing and development matters (including, negotiating joint development and source code license agreements);
  • a biotech company in connection with a sale involving complex issues regarding earn-outs and milestone payments;
  • a start-up company regarding data privacy and cybersecurity laws and requirements;
  • a multinational company on structuring a potential sale of a business line (including, consideration of issues relating to carve-outs and anti-assignment considerations);
  • a pharmaceuticals company in connection with its joint development and collaboration agreement;
  • a private equity firm in its diligence of a consumer electronics company, including a review of key patent licenses;
  • a technology company in connection with a complex cross-license required under a settlement;
  • a bank in its inbound licensing of key fintech products; 
  • an electronics company with respect to a key joint venture;
  • a software company in creating its form documents relating to its SAAS offerings; and
  • a consumer products company with respect to licensing of its key brands to international partners.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Kokolus practiced law at an international law firm and her experience in the technology and intellectual property group included representing Facebook in its acquisition of WhatsApp, Sanofi in the restructuring of its alliance agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb with respect to Plavix® and Avapro®/Avalide® and General Electric in various technology joint ventures. She also was seconded as legal counsel to Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California and Panasonic Corporation in Osaka, Japan.  Ms. Kokolus has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters, from 2013 – 2018. 


Mary has served in diverse rolls from electrical engineer, to law firm attorney, head of litigation, chief IP counsel, and general counsel.  Drawing on her diverse experiences, Mary partners with clients by understanding their challenges, then working together to solve problems in the way that best fits the client’s legal and business needs.  As an integral and trusted partner, Mary is comfortable doing business as outside counsel or acting as an extension of the in-house team by serving as fractional in-house or general counsel.  Mary serves her tech clients on a variety of business and legal issues, including company-wide training programs, preparing for board meetings, writing board minutes, intellectual property counseling, Standards, litigation strategy and management, pre-litigation analysis, privacy, monetization strategies, licensing strategies and negotiations, M&A, and contract negotiation, drafting and editing.  

In addition to working hard at the Fuller Tech Law Group, Mary serves as an Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney in Santa Clara University’s School of Law, Entrepreneur's Clinic, where her students provide pro-bono legal services to high-tech startups.  Mary has a demanding speaking schedule, and regularly speaks to audiences on topics ranging from intellectual property, patent licensing strategies, artificial intelligence, litigation and risk management, and IP ownership issues, to contract law. 

Select Prior Positions 

Kudelski Intellectual Property and Innovation: Vice President, Chief Policy Officer and Head of Legal 

Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc.: General Counsel and Corporate Secretary 

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.: Chief IP Counsel 

Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.: Director and Managing Counsel for Litigation and Assistant Corporate Secretary 

Bingham McCutchen: Counsel 

Pennie & Edmonds: Associate 

Hewlett-Packard Company: Design for Manufacturing and Hardware Reliability Engineer


Tsan Abrahamson’s practice focuses on strategic counseling in the areas of social media, sweepstakes, intellectual property, advertising, trademark clearance, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing, and other business transactions.  She also manages the adverse proceedings practice at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  Tsan has an extensive practice in the area of marketing promotions, including social media promotions, gift card and gift certificate marketing, print and online sweepstakes, contests, give-aways, warranties, rebates, and coupon promotions.  Tsan completed her undergraduate work at Dartmouth College, and received both her JD and MBA from the UCLA School of Law and The Anderson Graduate School of Management.


Aaron Rubin is co-chair of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group. He advises clients on a wide range of complex transactions involving intellectual property and technology, including structuring and negotiating strategic licensing, development, collaboration, procurement, and distribution deals. Mr. Rubin also maintains an active practice counseling companies on the intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions, asset spin-offs, and private equity investments.

Mr. Rubin's practice focuses on advising both established and emerging companies in a variety of data- and technology-intensive sectors, including software, SaaS, cloud computing, AR/VR, AI, gaming, healthcare, consumer electronics, social media, e-commerce and other online business models, and mobile applications. He has represented clients such as Autodesk, Facebook, Gap, Konami, Kaiser Permanente, Oculus, Softbank, Visa, and Yahoo, among others. Mr. Rubin is also a co-editor of Socially Aware, Morrison & Foerster's award-winning newsletter and blog devoted to the law and business of social media.

In addition, Mr. Rubin regularly provides pro bono assistance to various non-profit and charitable organizations such as Common Sense Media and the Starlight Children's Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Directors of California Lawyers for the Arts.

Mr. Rubin received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. In 2001, he received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was an executive editor of the California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Mr. Rubin served as law clerk to the Honorable William H. Orrick and the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins, both United States District Judges for the Northern District of California.


Anne-Kathrin Kroemer is Director of Legal at Rubrik, Inc. where she negotiates complex transactions, manages corporate compliance matters and oversees all aspects of Rubrik’s legal operations. As Rubrik’s first in-house lawyer, she built out the legal team and established a privacy program.

Prior to Rubrik, Anne-Kathrin held various in-house legal roles at companies in the Bay Area after working at Skadden Arps LLP as a corporate associate.

She periodically lectures at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of Vienna Law School.

Anne-Kathrin graduated from Stanford Law School and the University of Vienna Law School.


Chris Nadan is SVP & General Counsel of Actian Corporation, a leader in Data Management, Integration and Big Data Analytics software offered both in the cloud and on-premise. He heads the legal department and is responsible for all legal affairs for Actian (formerly Ingres Corp.).

Mr. Nadan was formerly Senior Director and Deputy General Counsel for Sun Microsystems, Inc., heading the legal group responsible for supporting Sun software.

In addition, Mr. Nadan has been an adjunct professor of law at the U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law for 17 years teaching a course on intellectual property transactions.

Mr. Nadan is also a co-author of the Common Development & Distribution License (CDDL), an open source license certified by the Open Source Initiative.

Before joining Sun, Mr. Nadan was an attorney at Farella, Braun & Martel in San Francisco where his practice included IP litigation and client counseling for high technology companies. Mr. Nadan received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.


David Almeling is a partner of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where focuses his practice on both patent and trade secret litigation. He is also a leader in those fields. David was profiled in The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers,” which highlights 50 of the top intellectual property lawyers across the country “who are raising the bar in intellectual property law.” David is recognized as a leading attorney in the IAM Patent 1000, which describes him as an “up-and-coming star” who “gets great results,” and a “trade secret authority.” Legal 500 identifies David as one of the “key figures in the trade secrets space.” David is currently working on the third edition of his book, Trade Secret Law and Corporate Strategy, which will be published by Lexis/Nexis in 2018.

David has been successful in every stage of litigation, from securing fast and favorable results through early motion practice to winning jury trials (in both patent and trade secret cases) to preserving victories on appeal. Clients also entrust David with a wide variety of non-litigation tasks, from conducting pre-filing patent analysis to investigating alleged trade secret theft to advising companies regarding employee mobility issues. He has also represented clients at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”), including serving as first chair at several Inter Partes Review hearings.


Jason Kipnis focuses his practice on complex intellectual property matters and advises clients on IP portfolio management, litigation, enforcement and dispute counseling, and audits and due diligence. His experience includes trade secret protection and management, standards counseling, open source matters, international rights management and identification and acquisition of intellectual property of third parties. In addition, he has advised clients at various stages of development in a wide range of technologies, including computer architecture and system design, software, semiconductor design and fabrication, optics, networking and telecommunications, biotechnology and medical devices.

Mr. Kipnis is an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he teaches IP Strategy for High Technology Companies. He is also a frequent speaker on intellectual property matters at professional and academic conferences, and he is the President of the Board of the Bay Area Video Coalition.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Kipnis worked as a consultant for Oracle Corporation, where he designed and implemented database applications.”


Jeffrey L. Van Hoosear is a partner in the Orange County office. He focuses on international trademark and unfair competition matters. His practice also includes domestic and foreign trademark selection and clearance, trademark and copyright prosecution, proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, intellectual property licensing, domain name and website content issues and state rights of publicity.

Mr. Van Hoosear represents a number of clients in the apparel and sporting goods industries, and also represents clients in the food and beverage, automotive, academic, entertainment, fashion, financial, insurance, real estate and software industries. He has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including Kate Spade, Pacific Life, First American Financial, Green Street Advisors, Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, Lee & Associates, Orexigen Therapeutics, House Foods, 99 Cents Only Stores, and Public Storage.

Education

Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1986)
Beloit College (B.A. Government 1983), cum laude, Dean's List, Martha Peterson Award, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society


Marjorie Goux is Chief Legal Counsel at the quickly growing Clif Bar & Company in Emeryville, California. She thrives the spaces of growth and change where she finds that new categories and changing directions open important and energizing intervals for business and legal innovation. Working together, Marjorie feels high-impact teams can seize these opportunities and meet the challenges of great things to come.

Previously, she served as The Clorox Company’s Chief Counsel for its global strategic partnerships group and as the general business counsel to the Glad Products Company (a Clorox/P&G JV) and Clorox’s North American Homecare business. She began her in-house journey at Hewlett-Packard Company as the Global Trademark and Anti-Counterfeiting Counsel for the Imaging and Printing Division. Her early career included a wonderful time, well spent, as a member of Baker McKenzie’s award-winning private practice IP team, both in London and Palo Alto.

Outside of business, Marjorie passionately seeks ways to disrupt the poverty cycle in this country, and in particular, she advocates for education reform and improving conditions for women and girls in the workplace, home, and school.
 
Marjorie is a graduate of the University of Washington (BS Chemistry) and University College, London (Honors Law).


Martin Collins has served as General Counsel since April 2014 and as head of Compliance and Corporate Development since October 2014.

Prior to joining QuinStreet, Mr. Collins served as vice president of corporate development at Bloom Energy, a distributed energy provider, where he was in charge of all corporate development and legal matters. Prior to that, Mr. Collins was the general counsel and head of internal audit at Novellus Systems. He was also previously in charge of M&A and corporate and securities matters for Oracle Corporation’s legal department.

Mr. Collins received his law degree from Georgetown and holds a B.A from Williams College.


Ray Strimaitis currently serves as Vice President at AST where he is oversees Corporate Development & Global Strategy.  Previously, Ray served as Vice President of Intellectual Property and Deputy General Counsel for Yahoo, and as Vice President of Excalibur IP, LLC.  He led a global team of IP professionals and was responsible for all IP matters at Yahoo and Excalibur.  As part of his role, he was responsible for setting patent strategy, monetizing the Yahoo and Excalibur patent portfolios, managing patent risk, guiding patent advocacy and overseeing all trademark/copyright matters. During his tenure at Yahoo, Ray successfully established and led a program to monetize Yahoo patents that generated $600 million in patent sales and license transactions.  In 2016 he led the effort to form Excalibur IP, LLC – a wholly owned Yahoo subsidiary that was created to further optimize patent value to Yahoo shareholders. Before joining Yahoo, Ray served in various legal, management and patent monetization roles at IBM.


Suzanne Bell has more than 20 years of experience representing some of the world’s most prominent technology companies in their most significant technology and intellectual property transactions. Recognized as a leading practitioner in Chambers USA for her "wealth of experience," clients describe her as "service-oriented, delivering high-quality work product in a practical and friendly manner."

Ms. Bell focuses on technology and IP transactions—with an emphasis on complex strategic alliances—for a wide range of software, electronics, AI, IoT, autonomous vehicle, telecommunications, cloud computing, digital media, Internet, fintech, digital health, and clean technology companies. Her practice also includes strategic intellectual property asset purchases and sales; technology mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs; and intellectual property litigation settlement agreements. In addition to her transactional work, she provides product counseling and advice on structuring business models for emerging technology companies and traditional companies that are embracing technology. Ms. Bell works with both growth and mature companies, and she has advised many of Silicon Valley's most prominent companies from start-up to maturity.


Tom F. Villeneuve, a founding partner of the firm, is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of U.S. and international corporate partnering, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and licensing, as well as in intellectual property strategy and commercialization. He has extensive expertise representing start-up/emerging companies and multinational corporations in these areas, and has successfully represented emerging company clients in major corporate partnering/strategic alliance and/or licensing arrangements with a great many of the largest U.S. and international information technology, communications, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as with the major research universities and institutes.
 
Tom was the only licensing/partnering lawyer named among the "Top 25 IP Lawyers" by California's leading legal trade publication. He is also one of only a handful of licensing/partnering attorneys named to Global Counsel's "Most Recommended Lawyers" lists and is recognized as one of California's top corporate transactional lawyers in both "Best Lawyers in America" and the Chambers USA guide to "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," as well as one of the Northern California "Super Lawyers." 

Tom has been a Federal court-appointed expert arbitrator, and has been appointed as an expert negotiator and expert counselor/witness regarding intellectual property issues and licensing/partnering practices in various industries. This includes such notable matters as: amicus counsel to the Software Industry Coalition and the Computer Software Industry Association with respect to the U.S. Supreme Court review of the seminal Lotus v. Borland copyright case; appointment by the California Attorney General as the lead strategist and negotiator in resolving the State's highly-publicized Oracle licensing scandal; and serving as the expert consultant and witness on corporate partnering/strategic alliances in the Beckman Center/City of Hope dispute with Genentech.