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Patent Licensing Today 2014: Making Money Without Getting Sued


Speaker(s): Jake Handy, James Maccoun, James F. Brelsford, Joseph Yang, Mark S. Holmes, Meredith M. McKenzie, Nader A. Mousavi, Sara Duval Harrington, Winston E. Henderson
Recorded on: Nov. 3, 2014
PLI Program #: 51994

Jim Brelsford advises clients on complex intellectual property licensing and M&A matters, as well as monetization strategies (both offensive and defensive) and IP litigation.  He brings a strong business perspective to his practice, having served as general counsel and in senior business capacities at several public and private companies.

Mr. Brelsford is resident in Skadden's Palo Alto and Hong Kong offices and works frequently with companies in Asia on a host of cross-border transactions and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Brelsford served for many years as the general counsel and senior vice president of IP licensing at SanDisk Corp., responsible for over $1 billion in licensing revenue as well as the company’s legal affairs worldwide.

He was named one of the world's leading IP strategists in Intellectual Asset Management’s “IAM 300”  in both 2014 and 2015.  Additionally, Mr. Brelsford was named as the “Best General Counsel in Silicon Valley” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal/San Francisco Business Times in 2010.


Jake Handy is a partner at Fenwick & West LLP and chair of the Technology Transactions group.  Jake focuses his practice on technology-based transactions, including intellectual property acquisitions and licensing strategies for technology companies.  Jake’s representative transactions include development, collaboration, license and other technology transactions for all manner of technology companies.


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.


Nader A. Mousavi is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Palo Alto office and is co-head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group and the Firm’s Cybersecurity Group.

Widely recognized as one of the top technology deal lawyers in the world, Mr. Mousavi has been described by his clients as “‘an amazing lawyer and trusted legal and business partner…[with] a unique ability to think outside the box and meet company goals. There’s nobody better when you take into account substantive knowledge, composed demeanour and negotiation ability.’”(IAM Patent 1000). Clients praise his “‘legal erudition, superlative drafting and bargaining aptitude’” and note that “‘he is a uniquely talented lawyer. You can put him on pretty much anything…’” (IAM Patent 1000).

He has been named one of the “The World’s Leading IP Strategists” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) and was recently named a Law360 2018 MVP in technology, and has also been recognized by The American LawyerChambers USADaily JournalThe Legal 500 United StatesNorthern California Super Lawyers and the National Law Journal, among others.

For over 20 years, Mr. Mousavi has focused his practice on technology-intensive mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and collaborations, as well as the licensing of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, content, pharmaceuticals, data, software and other technology. He has led deals across a wide range of industries, including technology, media, internet, telecommunications, life sciences, agtech, fintech, blockchain, consumer, and sports.  Many of these transactions have been cross-border. Mr. Mousavi also advises on the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), as well as the transaction review process administered by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). 

He has advised acquirers (such as Amazon, Anheuser-Busch InBev, AT&T, Bayer, Philips), sellers (such as Kite Pharmaceuticals, Pharmasset, Skype, Stemcentrx), investors (such as CPPIB, Goldman Sachs, and Silver Lake), and others (such as DirecTV, Dolby, Fiat, Intel, Kodak, Major League Baseball, VeriFone, Verily, Waymo) on a wide range of strategic transactions involving IP and technology. In aggregate, these transactions represent over $400 billion in M&A deal value and over $5 billion in patent licensing royalties.

A distinguished thought-leader in the field, Mr. Mousavi is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School (2015-2019), where he teaches a course on Patent and Technology Licensing. Mr. Mousavi is a member of the Advisory Board for Stanford Law School’s Program in Law, Science & Technology and is the law school’s National Reunion Chair. He recently received the Stanford University Associates Governors’ Award for exemplary and long-standing volunteer service to Stanford University (2019).

Mr. Mousavi is also a member of the board of directors of PAAIA, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans.


Overview

Current

Past

Education

  • Cornell Law School
  • University of California, San Diego

Experience

Sr. Director Legal-IP

LinkedIn

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; LNKD; Internet industry

April 2012 – Present (5 months) Mountain View CA

Adjunct Professor- Intellectual Property Licensing

UC Hastings College of the Law

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

2011 – Present (1 year) San Francisco Bay Area 

Partner-Technology Transactions Group

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry

1992 – April 2012 (20 years)

Sara Harrington was a partner in the technology transactions practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She counseled various companies involved in the development, distribution, licensing, disposition, and acquisition of technology and intellectual property rights for various start-ups and established enterprises.

Sara represented clients in a wide range of industries, including those involved in search technology, business application software (both open source and private source), e-commerce (business-to-business and business-to-consumer), Web 2.0, entertainment/media industries, database services, consulting, networking devices, semiconductor, telecom, medical device, consumer goods, and audio services. Sara has constructed and negotiated a variety of international and domestic agreements, covering such areas as strategic alliances, marketing, development, licensing, advertising, distribution, services, outsourcing, open source, and manufacturing. She also advised companies on intellectual property matters in connection with investments, financings, asset purchases and sales, corporate structuring (spin-outs), and mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining the technology transactions practice, Sara practiced in the litigation department of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she litigated a variety of intellectual property, antitrust, and securities claims. Prior to joining the firm, Sara was an attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in New York City, where she litigated corporate change-of-control and commercial litigation matters for various multinational corporate clients.


Winston Henderson is Vice President, General Counsel of Nano Terra, Inc., a Boston-based nanotechnology company with life science and non-life science divisions. Prior to Nano Terra, Winston was Corporate Secretary of Surface Logix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical and drug development company in Boston, MA Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Surface Logix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical and drug development company in Boston, MA. Winston supervises all legal functions, including corporate governance, corporate legal strategy, regulatory, intellectual property and licensing, litigation, and business development support.

Prior to joining Surface Logix, Winston was an attorney with Kenyon & Kenyon, and a consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in its Advanced Systems and Technology Integration Services groups. During that time, Mr. Henderson consulted with and advised numerous international high technology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, including several based in the United Kingdom and Israel.

Mr. Henderson received his B.S.E. in Biomedical & Electrical Engineering from Duke University (where he was a Reginaldo Howard Scholar), and his J.D. from Duke University School of Law.


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.


Meredith McKenzie joined Juniper Networks as the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in 2012. She has over 20 years of Intellectual Property experience, with 18 years in-house. At Juniper Meredith manages the groups responsible for all aspects of Juniper’s Intellectual Property, including patents, licensing, privacy, open source, standards, M&A IP due diligence, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. In addition, she also manages the groups responsible for Litigation, Employment and Legal Operations.

Prior to joining Juniper, she spent over 5 years at Symantec Corporation as the Senior Director of Intellectual Property and 5 years at Cypress Semiconductor as the Director of Litigation, Licensing and IP.  Meredith’s previous experiences include working as an embedded microprocessor design engineer at Intel before enrolling in law school. While attending law school in the evenings, Meredith worked full-time in Intel's legal department preparing patent applications and performing patent analyses. Meredith then joined Arnold, White and Durkee (later merging with Howrey LLC) and for three years litigated patents in the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as in the International Trade Commission. Meredith then joined Enuvis, a start-up company in the area of GPS location technology, as the Director of IP and Sr. Corporate Counsel, where she was the sole attorney, performing duties including patent portfolio development and strategy, license negotiations, and employment and other agreements.

In addition, for the past 3 years, Meredith has been a Professional Mentor for the U.S. State Department program, TechWomen, and has been a mentor for the Santa Clara University School of Law’s Entrepreneur Law Clinic since its inception in 2013.

Meredith holds a BSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology., and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, with an emphasis in Intellectual Property.


Primary Areas of Practice: Patent Licensing

Schools: University of San Francisco, JD Magna Cum Laude; Summer Law in China Program at Beijing University while in law school; University of California, Berkeley, BS, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Work History: Google Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; Motorola, Inc.; Electric Power Research Institute; Lee and Li Attorneys-at-Law. Have resided in Silicon Valley, Beijing, Taipei, Singapore.

Professional Memberships: Member of the State Bar of California; Registered Patent Attorney

Languages: Chinese (fluent reading, writing, speaking), Elementary Korean and Japanese.