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Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank: An In-House Counsel Perspective

Speaker(s): Francisco A. Villegas
Recorded on: Oct. 29, 2014
PLI Program #: 61665

Mr. Villegas has extensive experience in intellectual property litigation and counseling in a variety of technical disciplines, including semiconductor design, medical devices, engineered materials, mechanical components, computer software, and business methods. Some of Mr. Villegas’ representative matters include patent litigation, intellectual property due diligence associated with mergers and acquisitions, legal opinions concerning patent infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate product clearances, and trademark matters. He earned Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. Before attending law school, Mr. Villegas was a mechanical engineer at Johnson & Johnson and General Electric.

Mr. Villegas has patent litigation experience in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of Texas, and the District of Delaware. He is recognized in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA in the Intellectual Property: Patent category, and was named one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property: Litigation in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Villegas practiced at Ropes & Gray LLP and Fish & Neave LLP. Mr. Villegas is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Practice Area

Intellectual Property and Technology


Cornell Law School (J.D. 1999); Stanford University (M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1996; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1994; B.A., Political Science, 1994)

Bar Admissions

New York State; California State; Connecticut State; District of Columbia

Activities and Affiliations

  • Member, Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
  • Member, New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, U.S. National Group
  • Member, International Trademark Association