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Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014

Speaker(s): Christian H. Nadan, Elaine C. Stracker, Ph.D., J.D., Fabian D. Gonell, Ira Jay Levy, Jeremy Schrire, Joseph Yang, Katherine C. Spelman, Kenneth M. Kaufman, Luke Yeh, Marc P. Schuyler, Marcelo Halpern, Mark G. Tratos, Mark S. Holmes, Marya Postner, Peter J. Kinsella, Robert J. Ranucci, Terence N. Church, Tiki Dare
Recorded on: Jan. 29, 2014
PLI Program #: 51367

Luke Yeh is Lead Counsel in Facebook's Legal department, where his responsibilities include managing patent litigation.

Prior to joining Facebook, Luke was a member of the IP Licensing and Transactions group at Yahoo!, where he handled IP licensing, technology transactions, M&A, IP acquisitions, open source software issues and standards-bodies work.  Before Yahoo!, he managed the patent program at eBay.

Luke is a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa College of Law.

Primary Areas of Practice: Patent Law, Antitrust Law, Litigation, Standards Setting

Law School: 

Fordham University School of Law, Doctor of Law (JD), 1996 – 1999

Work History:

Qualcomm, July 2007 – Present (6 years 6 months), Greater San Diego Area

Sr. Legal Counsel dealing with these areas: Intellectual Property Licensing; Antitrust and Standards Compliance; and Intellectual Property and Antitrust Litigation

Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, May 1998 – June 2007 (9 years 2 months)

Areas of Practice

Kate Spelman has more than 30 years of experience providing strategic advice, design and implementation counsel for large, mid-sized and startup companies on copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent matters, both nationally and internationally, and has a special focus on media, licensing and mass digitization issues. Kate advises and counsels clients on the development, production, sale and defense of work related to emerging content distribution strategies and challenges, special issues in news reporting including repurposing content, and firewall and paywall configuration in light of changes in the fair use defense.

Kate is a frequent speaker on the progress of emerging copyright and digital publishing issues, and has advised authors, nonprofit and for-profit publishers, and internet service providers on the new language and provisions of the changed, global distribution environment. She has represented large digital publishing companies in international distribution agreements as well as represented developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online transmissions, storytelling, expression and art.

Additionally, Kate has experience assisting clients with Open Source licensing issues, including Open Source integrated licenses, audits, mergers and acquisitions due diligence, and compliance negotiations. Kate also helps clients design independent holding companies in the U.S. and in offshore intellectual property asset management. She has experience with intellectual property asset audits, and has assisted companies in proactive and reactive Sarbanes-Oxley compliance reporting requirements.


• Pepperdine University (Certificate in Dispute Resolution, 1990)

• University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1980)

• University of Michigan (B.A., Classics and Latin, 1976)

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.). He recently steered the company through a $330M acquisition by a joint venture comprised of a PE firm and a large strategic buyer.

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 was 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. Mr. Nadan received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Ira Levy is a senior partner in Goodwin’s Litigation Department and a member of its Intellectual Property practice. He is recognized globally for his cross-disciplinary expertise, successfully first-chairing patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising, IP licensing and related matters for a wide array of industries and in a variety of technical disciplines. Mr. Levy is fluent across a variety of product categories and technical disciplines, and has extensive experience with disputes involving biotechnology, electrochemistry, and pharmaceuticals; electronics, computers and telecommunications; mechanical devices; industrial and consumer products; and the Internet, new media and e-commerce. 

Mr. Levy has handled as first chair numerous bench and jury trials in federal and state courts nationwide. He also has significant experience practicing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Levy works closely with the firm’s Business Law Practice counseling clients on general corporate matters involving intellectual property and the Internet, as well as transactional due diligence, and other licensing issues.

Mr. Levy presently serves as the lead director for Stomp Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and anti-cyber-bullying organization, and on the advisory board of BUILD, a non-profit focused on bringing entrepreneurialism skills to at-risk high school students. He is past director of Love Our Children, USA, a not-for-profit focused on breaking the cycle of violence against children.  Mr. Levy has been an active member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group and the Legal Aid Society. He has also acted as pro bono counsel to the United Way of New York City and, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

Mr. Levy is listed in New York Super Lawyers (2006 – 2018), The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, World Trademark Review 1000, Who’s Who Legal Patents, Who’s Who Legal Life Sciences: Patent Litigation, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Patent Law and The Legal 500 and IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals (2014 – 2018).

Mr. Levy is a frequent speaker and has written numerous articles on the topics of intellectual property, patent, trademark and copyright laws that have appeared in The New York Law Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. He serves as the co-chair of the Practicing Law Institutes multi-day Advanced Licensing Program, as well as presenting on license litigation for other PLI programs.  He also authored chapters in Commercial Damages (published by Matthew Bender & Co.) and the Wiley Intellectual Property Law Update (published by Aspen Law & Business). Mr. Levy is also a regular presenter at AIPLA, INTA, NYSBA and NYIPLA events. In addition, he maintains an active roster of speaking engagements on intellectual property audit, portfolio development, strategy and management, and Internet and new media matters.  He also lectures on Trademark Licensing at Cornell Law School.


Jeremy Schrire is a partner at Keystone Law and is recognised by the legal directories as one of the leading lawyers in the United Kingdom specialising in commercial agreements and related competition and IP matters.

Jeremy is involved in a number of industries including consumer goods, food and beverages, manufacturing, technology, e-commerce, healthcare, retail, and hotels and leisure. His focus is both advisory and transactional with a bias towards high level “board-room” issues affecting predominantly large multinational companies. His practice ranges from UK specific matters to those which are international in scope (including many which have no connection with England apart from the application of English contract law).   He acts for a number of international household name clients. 

He is listed in the latest edition of Legal 500 as one of the top 20 lawyers in London in the field of commercial contracts as well as being recommended in intellectual property.  He has been described by the Legal 500 as someone of whom “clients cannot speak highly enough” and someone who “always wins the points that need winning” and as having a “huge brain.  This year’s Legal 500 describes him as “having a razor sharp intellect” and being a “true go-to”.

He is also recommended by Chambers, listed as a leading lawyer by European Counsel and Global Counsel, named as an expert in intellectual property and commercial law by Legal Business and listed as an expert in both intellectual property and life sciences by PLC Which Lawyer. In addition to the PLI faculty, Jeremy also is on the panel of experts for Lexis-Nexis and sits on their editorial board.


Joseph Yang is an IP transactions partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP.

Joe specializes in structuring & negotiating tech/IP-centric deals (technology transactions, strategic alliances, patent licensing/sales, standards body issues, IP aspects of M&A) and in using IP as strategic business assets. He has led hundreds of deals involving billions of dollars in and across the information technology, electronics, entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare, energy, chemical & manufacturing industries. Reflecting these diverse experiences, Joe is often retained to “bridge the gap” in cross-industry deals (e.g., joint ventures, IoT, SaaS & “big data” deals) between companies whose industries historically didn’t interact with each other.

Joe is also an expert witness for high stakes tech & patent licensing disputes.

Joe teaches the "Technology and Patent Licensing" course at Stanford Law School, and has taught the “Patent Law and Policy” course at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Joe is a long-time chair of the “Advanced Licensing,” “Advanced Patent Licensing” and “Understanding the IP License” courses at the Practising Law Institute in NYC, SF and Chicago. He has written for journals & books, and been cited by courts & treatises, on licensing & patent law.

Joe previously served as VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), negotiating deals under which 10+ billion devices/year are made by its licensees in the smart card/phone, semiconductor, pay TV, printer & other fields. He also developed, enforced & defended CRI’s patent portfolio, and played a key role in CRI’s successful sale in a series of M&A deals (with Macrovision & Rambus) valued at $400+ million.

Before that, Joe co-founded and later led the “IP Strategy & Transactions” practice based in the Silicon Valley office of the world’s largest law firm (Skadden, Arps). He has also practiced at other large multinational law firms, and served as an arbitrator.

Joe has been named one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists,” “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” and “World’s Leading IP & Technology Licensing Lawyers” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) publications. IAM named Joe as 1 of only 10 "highly recommended" IP transactional attorneys in California -- the only one from a boutique (non-AmLaw 100) firm:

“Joseph Yang is a major-league deal maker and licensing authority” as well as “a transactional mastermind” with arbitration and litigation skills that make him a formidable negotiator.” “He … is a creative problem solver who can clearly articulate legal risks and provide effective advice to guide business decision making.”

Joe is “one of the best expert witnesses you could hope to deal with. He considers all the issues before committing to an opinion, and his positions are always rock solid”.

He is also profiled in “Marquis Who’s Who in American Law”, “Marquis Who’s Who in America” and “Marquis Who’s Who in the World”, and named to the California SuperLawyers list.

Joe also serves on the advisory board of the Licensing Executives Society - Silicon Valley chapter, and is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley.

Joe was originally a research engineer in the aerospace & energy fields. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. (engineering) from the California Institute of Technology, where he has been a board member of the Caltech Associates & Caltech Alumni Association.

Marcelo Halpern is the firmwide co-chair of Perkins Coie’s Technology Transactions and Privacy practice group.  His practice focuses on complex commercial transactions involving the development, deployment and distribution of technology in a wide variety of industries.

Marcelo counsels multinational FORTUNE 100 companies, startups, emerging growth companies, governments and nonprofits on structuring and negotiating collaboration, development, distribution, license and service agreements.  He provides practical counsel in connection with emerging technologies, including those related to big data analytics, artificial intelligence, fintech and blockchain, internet of things, smart cities, mobile, cloud computing and “as a service” platforms, hardware and e-commerce, as well as the overall interplay of interoperability, industry standards and IP licensing approaches.  He has a strong focus on complex strategic alliances and licensing transactions, outsourcing and ERP implementation, digital strategies—including open source licensing, data security, data use and privacy issues—and other marketing and distribution strategies.

He regularly works with clients in the blockchain industry, advising on technology and platform issues, structuring token offerings, digital currency issues, tokenization of assets, and the development and operation of blockchain based collaborative platforms.  He also has advised on the formation of various blockchain consortiums, including the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, that develop blockchain platforms in specific industries and create industry standards.

Marcelo was honored by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as the Chicago “Lawyer of the Year” in the technology law category and has been listed since 2004 as one of “America’s Best Lawyers” for technology law by Chambers USA in its annual guide of leading business lawyers.

Outside of his legal practice, Marcelo serves on the board of directors for Youth Guidance, an organization offering school-based programs that empower youth in Chicago to succeed in school and in life.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois supporting civil legal aid services to the underserved.  Marcelo previously served as president of the board of directors for Illinois Legal Aid Online, a trailblazing platform connecting people to the resources they need to resolve their legal problems and interact with the legal system when they cannot find or afford a lawyer.

Mark G. Tratos is the Founding Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas office and a long-time member of the University of Nevada and the Boyd School of Law Adjunct Facility.

Mark’s practice of the past four decades has focused upon the creative protection of artists, entertainers, athletes, producers and venues.  He has represented clients in federal court actions and appeals across the country, negotiates talent licenses and entertainment contracts for both celebrities and their estates. 

Since 1990, he has authored the Nevada chapter of INTA State Law Handbook.  Since 2003, he has been the author of the New York Bar Association Entertainment Treatise chapter: Entertainment on the Internet: The Evolution of Entertainment Production, Distribution, Ownership and Control in the Digital Age.  Since 2010, he has authored that treatise chapter Exhibitions: Art and Artifact Exhibits as an Expansion of the Entertainment Industry.

Mark has been AV rated for more than three decades; has been recognized by Legal Elite, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America which has included him since 2003.  His peers have voted him Lawyer of the Year eight times in his fields of practice.  Mark is the Past Board Chair of the National Judicial College.  He is Co-Founder and Past Chairman of the Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas; and serves as Secretary of and outside counsel for the Board for the Smith Center for Performing Arts.

Peter Kinsella is a partner in the firm's Technology Transactions & Privacy and Intellectual Property practices. His practice is focused on advising start-up, emerging and large companies on technology, licensing and intellectual property transaction matters. He is a frequent lecturer on licensing and technology issues. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Pete was a partner with Faegre & Benson. Prior to that, he worked in various legal capacities with Qwest Communications International, Inc. (formerly U S WEST, Inc.) in Denver and Honeywell, Inc. in Minneapolis. 

Pete offers extensive experience structuring and negotiating domestic and international agreements in a wide variety of areas, including: cloud services, outsourcing, product development, technology transfer, telecommunications, data sharing, complex procurement, product distribution and sales, contract manufacturing, and a wide variety of patent, trademark and copyright licenses. He offers significant international experience, including, intellectual property holding companies, export control and international intellectual property issues. Pete also regularly handles intellectual property issues in connection with public and private company mergers and acquisitions, including due diligence and licensing issues. The value of several of these transactions has exceeded one billion dollars.

Pete has been materially involved in a number of high profile intellectual property disputes in a variety of industries, including the semiconductor, telecommunications, computer networking, automotive, clean- tech and health sciences industries. In 2005, he wrote significant portions of the appeal brief filed on behalf of AWH Corporation in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit en banc proceedings, Phillips v. AWH Corporation, concerning the procedures that should be used to determine patent claim construction. Most recently, Pete successfully represented a third party semiconductor tooling manufacturer in connection with a government ITC investigation seeking to ban the importation of hard drives into the United States.

As a registered patent attorney, Pete counsels clients on patent matters, including, infringement, validity, and pre-litigation issues. While at U S WEST, Inc. he was responsible for managing over 1500 trademark applications and registrations in 62 countries and all trademark opposition and litigation proceedings.

Primary Areas of Practice: Transactions,  Intellectual Property, Litigation, Compiance 

Law School/ Boalt Hall School of Law at University of CA, Berkeley

Graduate School: University of CA, Davis - PhD. Organic Chemistry

Work History:

Elaine Stracker has more than 16 years of intellectual property, transaction, litigation, and compliance experience in the scientific, pharmaceutical, medical device and technology industries. Currently, she is consultant.  Most recently, she was General Counsel for Pharmacyclics and was instrumental in the sale of the company for $21 billion dollars in 2015 to Abbvie Inc. the largest biopharma sale in the industry per number of employees.

Prior to that Dr. Stracker was senior counsel at Medtronic where she handled legal and business-related matters such as transactions, regulatory, and compliance.  Previously, she held positions of increasing responsibility within companies such as Gilead Science Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Molecular Probes, Inc., and Affymax Research Institute, a company created by GlaxoSmithKline, during which her portfolio expanded to address a variety of U.S. and global business matters. She also has acted as a consultant to Supergen, Inc., and Alexza MDC, and has been of counsel to Isbester & Associates, LLP.  Earlier in her career, Dr Stracker focused primarily on intellectual property prosecution and litigation in positions at Geron Corporation and Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder LLP.

Dr Stracker earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, Davis.  In addition, she earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Boalt School of Law at the University of California.  She is licensed to practice law in California, and is a registered patent attorney of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is the recipient of several honors and distinctions including a Tribute to Women in Industry Award and a Jurisprudence Award for Patent Law, and is published in the area of advanced licensing agreements.

Professional Memberships:

Women in BIO; Member of State Bar of California; US Patent Bar, American Intellectual Property Law Association; Patent Law Institute (PLI); Association of Corporate Counsel

With over a billion dollars in patent deals under his belt, Mark Holmes is the founder and CEO of PatentBridge LLC, a privately held technology development firm in Silicon Valley that specializes in bringing to market select patented technologies covering extraordinary software and Internet-related breakthroughs. 

Mr. Holmes is the CEO and Co-Founder of RavenWhite Cybersecurity, Inc. which was selected as one of the top 10 security startups worldwide at the RSA Conference. He is also the Executive of Business Development for the DeCaf Co. which is creating the world’s first consumer instant decaffeination product.

Mr. Holmes has advised such technology savvy entities as Visa, Sony, Applied Materials, University of California at Berkeley as well as many startups and has been named every year to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.  He served as co-chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) from 2006 to 2011.

He was the co-founder of a successful telecommunications startup which was sold in the late 1990s to a portfolio company of the Alabama state retirement fund (Retirement Systems of Alabama).

He lectures nationally on the pressing issues facing tech startups. In the past few years, he has spoken nationally over 50 times for such bodies as Renaissance Weekend, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), PLI and other organizations.

He holds an engineering degree from Brown, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Software Society and wrote the book PATENT LICENSING AND SELLING: STRATEGY, NEGOTIATION & FORMS.

Robert Ranucci brings over 25 years of experience to his role as Vice President,  General Counsel & Secretary of the Christie Digital Systems family of companies. In this role, Robert is responsible for all legal matters affecting Christie Digital Systems Inc.,  primarily its North American subsidiaries, and oversees Christie’s team of attorneys and legal specialists worldwide.

Before joining Christie, Robert gained more than 14 years of experience in the lighting and display industry, with tenure as the Vice President, General Counsel at ViewSonic, VIZIO, General Displays & Technologies (a GE joint venture), as well as Sr. Director of Licensing and Business Development for the LED lighting and display technology division of Rambus.

In addition to his corporate and litigation background, Robert is experienced in leveraging innovative supply chain, customer channel and licensing agreements to develop innovative business models and solve complex challenges.

Robert received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Claremont McKenna College and earned his Master of Arts in Economics and Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Bar in California and Arizona.

Kenneth M. Kaufman was Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  His practice focuses on copyright, entertainment and media law, content and music licensing, digital media, and sports law.  He represents a wide range of clients including international media and publishing companies, television networks and distributors, music publishers, digital media and technology companies, telecommunications companies, photographers, visual artists, copyright licensing companies, software publishers, Broadway theatre producers, private equity firms, foundations, composers, recording artists and authors.

Ken is a recognized authority in the fields of copyright and entertainment law.  He was named the Washington, D.C. Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 by The Best Lawyers in America (where he is currently listed in the practice areas of copyright law, intellectual property litigation, entertainment law-music, and entertainment law-motion pictures and television).  He has also been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Lawyers, and Legal Times.  For several years he was a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, teaching a course on copyright, entertainment and Internet law, and has taught a course on copyright law at George Washington University Law School.  In 2016 and 2017 he was an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University, where he has spoken on coalition building in education for gender equality.

Ken has extensive experience as both in-house and outside counsel in the entertainment and communications industries.  Immediately prior to joining Manatt, he was a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Showtime Networks Inc. in New York; as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel of PolyGram Records, Inc. in New York; and as General Counsel of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  In two of those positions, he was the first in-house attorney and organized the in-house legal department.  Previously, he served as Assistant Counsel of a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee.

Ken co-chairs the annual PLI conference on Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry and serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and on the Planning Committee for the annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference.  He teaches an annual course on “Copyright Law and Litigation” for the D.C. Bar, is a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and has served as a Trustee and Chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.  He is a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Yale Law School (where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal), and is admitted to practice in New York, California and the District of Columbia.


Marc P. Schuyler has been practicing law since 1989 and is a principal of the Law Office Of Marc P. Schuyler in Saratoga, California.  Marc began his career as a litigator at the LA-based firm of Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann and Clark, and subsequently moved in-house to Hewlett-Packard Company in 1995, where he assumed the role of managing counsel.  Marc is versed in all aspects of intellectual property (IP) law practice, especially including licensing and patent development and strategy for purposes of licensing, acquisition and litigation. Marc obtained his BS with honors at Caltech and his law degree from UCLA.

Primary Areas of Practice: Technology Transactions, including Technology Related M&A, Licensing, Joint Development, Strategic Alliances; Corporation & Entity Support, including Organization, Maintenance & Private Funding; Trademark & Copyright Registration & Protection

Work History: Terry Church is an experienced transaction attorney specializing in technology licensing and IP related transactions. His extensive corporate, business transaction and licensing experience includes over 15 years at major technology companies in Silicon Valley, including PeopleSoft, Cisco Systems, and LSI Logic. While he was at Cisco, the company was closing up to 25 acquisitions a year. Terry served as VP and Assistant General Counsel at PeopleSoft through Oracle’s hostile takeover, responsible for 20 professionals covering licensing, strategic alliances, IP management, and M&A. His experience includes strategizing, drafting and negotiating complex transactions, including deals with companies in Europe and Asia.

After obtaining his law degree from Hastings Law School in San Francisco, Terry served as law clerk for the Chief Judge of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, practiced as a litigation associate at Cooley, LLP, and worked in London as Senior Legal Advisor for British Gas, Ltd. where he negotiated sophisticated gas transportation agreements with major energy companies in Europe.

Terry currently operates out of the Law Offices of Terence N. Church & Associates, a growing practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Terry’s clients include both publicly traded and privately held semiconductor and software companies in California and elsewhere, for whom he has served as both corporate and transaction counsel. Terry has 2 sons and lives with his wife in Danville, CA. 

Law School: Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco CA 

Professional Memberships:

  • ProVisors Group; Member, Executive Committee Walnut Creek I; Host for East Bay M&A Affinity Group
  • San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors 2012 to Present; Board Chairman 2010
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Facilities Oversight and Advisory Committee, 2013 to Present
  • Rotary Club, Danville Sycamore Valley Chapter
  • Past President, Association of Corporate Counsel – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
  • Member State Bar of California

Primary Areas of Practice: Life Sciences Licensing and Commercial Transactions

Law School/Graduate School:
J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
MA & Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Princeton University

Work History: Cooley LLP, 1996 to present

Tiki Dare is Assistant General Counsel at Oracle, where she specializes in trademark and copyright law.  Her areas of practice also include anti-counterfeiting, advertising, intellectual property, and competition.  She previously led the trademark group at Sun Microsystems, Inc.  Before joining Sun, Tiki specialized in trademark law at Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California.  She started her legal career in the Federal Practice group at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C., where she litigated issues including trademark and patent infringement and false advertising.  Tiki is a graduate of Dartmouth College (cum laude) and the Duke University School of Law.