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IP Issues in Business Transactions 2021

Speaker(s): Ariana Issaias, Christian H. Nadan, Cyndi Wheeler, David S. Almeling, Debra A. Dandeneau, Eric A. Prager, Greg Warder, Jacob D.C. Humphreys, Jason D. Kipnis, Jeffrey D. Osterman, Jeffrey L. Van Hoosear, John Tsai, Karen L. Elburg, Karen N. Ballack, Kevin P. Smith, Lothar Determann, Marjorie M. Goux, Martin J. Collins, Mary A. Fuller, Rachel Lovejoy, Ray Strimaitis, Suzanne Y. Bell, Tessa J. Schwartz, Theodore D. Herzog, Thomas F. Villeneuve, Tonik Matthews, Violetta Kokolus
Recorded on: Feb. 4, 2021
PLI Program #: 306447

Jeffrey Osterman is the co-head of Weil’s Technology & IP Transactions practice and is based in New York. Mr. Osterman concentrates on matters with deep commercial or technical complexity and has had extensive experience with pure patent licensing, technology transfer, outsourcing, technology integration, content licensing and merchandising. 

Mr. Osterman regularly advises major pharmaceutical companies in connection with licensing and collaboration agreements; represents semiconductor and other technology companies in connection with development and licensing agreements; leads the technology and intellectual property aspects of major corporate transactions; and advises on the treatment of intellectual property matters in bankruptcy cases. 

Mr. Osterman is ranked Band 1 for Technology & Outsourcing in New York by Chambers USA, where clients note "he’s just extremely thorough and he has the memory of an elephant." He is "very smart, very responsive and won't fight about matters that aren't important." He is also recommended for Patents: Licensing, Technology Transactions and Healthcare: Life Sciences by Legal 500 US. Mr. Osterman is recognized as an “IP Star” for IP Transactions, Patent Strategy & Counseling and Copyright by Managing Intellectual Property and has been named 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Technology Law in New York by Best Lawyers in America. He is “Highly Recommended” by IAM Patent 1000, where clients have noted he has “a stellar ability to see the forest through the trees, is a clear and concise draftsman and a constructive negotiator,” and that he is “the kind of sophisticated IP lawyer you need on a tough deal – he understands his clients’ industry and business and fights hard while communicating clearly in negotiations to get to a resolution.” Mr. Osterman was named a 2016 Technology “MVP” by Law360.

Ariana Issaias is Of Counsel at Bowmans Kenya in the IP and Technology team specializing in commercial IP transactions and data protection in particular.

Ariana specialises in commercial contracts, distribution, franchising and licensing, intellectual property (including brand portfolio enforcement), e-commerce, software development and collaboration. 

She assists clients with regulatory and enforcement advice and has worked extensively with clients in business and product transfers and dealing with the applicable registries to record and complete such transfers.  Her specialist knowledge of distribution and licensing frameworks and IP exploitation, both intragroup and external, in technology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, hospitality, retail, media, agricultural and service sectors is notable.

Ariana holds a LLB 2:1 (Hons) from the Manchester University and LPC Distinction BPP from the School of Law in London. 



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Chris Nadan is VP & General Counsel of Bugcrowd Inc., the #1 crowdsourced cybersecurity company. He heads the legal department and is responsible for all legal affairs for Bugcrowd.  

Mr. Nadan has over 20 years’ legal experience at global technology companies, including most recently SVP & General Counsel at Actian Corporation, where he executed a successful sale of the company, and Deputy General Counsel for Sun Microsystems. In addition, Mr. Nadan was an adjunct professor of law at the U.C. Berkeley School of Law for 17 years.

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

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

Cyndi Wheeler is the Senior Director of IP for Slack Technologies, Inc., where she is responsible for all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, open source, and IP litigation.  She is also on the Board of Directors of ChIPs, a nonprofit organization that advances and connects women in technology, law and policy.

Cyndi began her career as an electrical engineer at Intel after graduating from the Colorado School of Mines. While at Intel, she attended Santa Clara University School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2005.  Cyndi continued her career as a patent attorney at Intel and then at Apple, where over the span of more than a decade she held various roles managing patent prosecution, NPE and competitor patent litigation, and Apple’s PTAB practice. 

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.

Greg Warder is chief IP counsel at Maxim Integrated Products, an S&P 500 semiconductor company headquartered in Silicon Valley.  He joined Maxim in 2014, where he currently oversees the IP legal and corporate security groups. 

Greg has an extensive background as an in-house attorney working for public companies, as well as at law firms representing major corporate clients.  He is responsible for a broad range of legal issues including management of Maxim’s patent and trademark portfolios, litigation of IP-related claims and technology and software licensing.  He also leads global security efforts to protect Maxim critical business information.

Originally from South Dakota, Greg graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from S.D. School of Mines and Technology and a J.D. of Law from the University of Wyoming. Greg previously served as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and he has worked as an engineer in the telecommunications and electronics industries.

Greg is a frequent speaker on the topics of intellectual property and cybersecurity. He also volunteers with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, a non-profit organization supporting foster youth, where he has acted as a court appointed child advocate and a member of the board of directors.   

Jake Humphreys is Associate General Counsel at Facebook, where he works with teams in Facebook Reality Labs developing the next generation of virtual and augmented reality devices. In this role, Jake advises his clients on IP strategy, negotiates complex, IP-heavy technology transactions, and counsels the business on a variety of other issues, including data privacy and security.

Prior to joining Facebook, Jake was a partner at a boutique Seattle commercial transaction and litigation firm, where he was a Super Lawyer Rising Star for five consecutive years. In addition to trying multiple cases to verdict in state and federal courts, he advised commercial clients on a wide range of matters, from pre-litigation strategy to negotiation of complex technology development deals.

Jake works in Facebook Reality Labs’ Redmond, WA offices.

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.

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 2017-2019” by IAM Strategy 300 and among the “Top 250 Women in IP 2017” by Managing Intellectual PropertyThe 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 2010-2019 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 2010-2019 in the field of Intellectual Property, Patent Licensing, and has also been named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2013-2019. Ms. Ballack has also been named to the 2017 and 2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers lists. 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.”

Karen Elburg is a partner and head of the IP practice at Herzog, Fox & Neeman in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Karen graduated from the Bar Ilan University Law School in 1990 and qualified as an Israeli lawyer in 1991. She has held both law-firm and in-house positions and is an experienced commercial lawyer in addition to her intellectual property expertise. Karen has been with Herzog, Fox & Neeman since 2001 and has headed the IP practice since 2012.

Karen advises on the acquisition, disposal, protection, and exploitation of IP rights, as well as trademark clearance, all aspects of brand protection and trademark & domain-name disputes, with a unique specialty in IP issues in the online gaming industry. Karen specializes in negotiating and drafting all types of IP transactions (including patent licensing), with extensive experience in the IP aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. Her work focuses on transactional IP and on licensing, development, technology transfer, and other commercial agreements for clients ranging from start-ups to multi-national corporations, in a broad range of industries and fields.

Consistently recognized for her excellence as an IP practitioner, Karen has been ranked in numerous publications, including Legal 500, WTR 1000, and IAM Patent 1000, and has been selected as a WIPR Leader every year since 2016. She is also a senior editor on the editorial board of the Trademark Reporter, the world’s only peer-reviewed, scholarly journal dedicated solely to trademark law and related topics.



Kevin Smith is the General Counsel & EVP, Business Development for Sirtex Medical, a medical device company based in the Boston area.  Kevin is an accomplished life sciences attorney and supports Sirtex across all aspects of its legal, compliance and business development matters. 

Prior to Sirtex, Kevin was the VP & Associate General Counsel for Flexion Therapeutics focusing on intellectual property, securities, business development, and other matters faced by early-stage, commercial biopharmaceutical companies.  He was also previously the General Counsel for the Danaher Life Sciences Platform, managing the legal, compliance, intellectual property, trade compliance, and EHS functions for the companies within the platform.  Before that, Kevin held several senior legal leadership positions within Novartis, including as the General Counsel for the Novartis Molecular Diagnostics Unit, Head of Legal for the Emerging Growth Markets, and Head of Legal for the General Medicines unit (NSO, IID and Established Medicines).  Before moving in-house, Kevin worked for international law firms in New York, Silicon Valley, and London.  

Kevin is admitted in New York, California, and as in-house attorney in Massachusetts, as well as a registered patent attorney with the US PTO.  He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School.

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

At Baker McKenzie in San Francisco and Palo Alto, he has been counseling companies since 1998 on data privacy law compliance and taking products and business models international. 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 An-geles Daily Journal and as a leading lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500, IAM and others. For more information see Contact:

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), University of California, Berkeley School of Law (since 2004), Hastings Col-lege of the Law (since 2010), Stanford Law School (2011) and University of San Francisco School of Law (2000-2005). He has authored more than 150 articles and treatise contributions as well as 5 books, including Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law (4th Edition, 2020, also available in Chinese, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish) and Cali-fornia Privacy Law - Practical Guide and Commentary on U.S. Federal and California Law (4th Ed. 2020).

Recent papers include Healthy Data Protection (, Electronic Form over Substance (, No One Owns Data (

Mary A. Fuller is a Senior Clinical Fellow in Santa Clara University School of Law’s Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic and Entrepreneurs’ Legal Advising Clinic, where students provide pro-bono legal services to hig-tech startups. She is also the founder and principal at Fuller Tech Law in Silicon Valley. With decades of experience as an engineer, patent attorney, general counsel and corporate advisor, Mary provides intellectual property and fractional general counsel services for growth-minded technology companies. 

Mary graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BSE in electrical engineering. After working at Hewlett-Packard as an engineer, she graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School.  

She began her career in Silicon Valley as a patent attorney at several law firms, including Pennie & Edmonds; Carr & Ferrell, and Bingham McCutchen. Later she joined Santa Clara-based Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. as a senior patent litigation attorney, rising to become Director and Managing Counsel for Litigation. She then served as Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Maxim Integrated Products as the company’s top IP attorney. She later became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment (“ASSIA”), and after that served as vice president, chief policy officer and head of legal at Kudelski Intellectual Property and Innovation. 

In addition to working for start-ups and corporate clients, Mary serves as fractional General Counsel for Benetech, a nonprofit that partners with communities to develop software for social good, to solve problems related to education, human rights, poverty and the environment.  

Mary served as president of the San Francisco Bay Area IP Inn of Court 2010-2012. She has been active in Upward (previously Hipower), The Club Silicon Valley, and was Watermark’s Emerging Leader Award in 2015, and was recognized as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 100 Women of Influence in 2020. 

In addition to leading Fuller Tech Law and teaching at Santa Clara University, speaks regularly on topics such as intellectual property, patent licensing strategies, artificial intelligence, litigation management and contract law. She is a frequent presenter at the Practicing Law Institute. 

In addition to leading Fuller Tech Law, Mary is an adjunct professor and supervising attorney at Santa Clara University School of Law’s Entrepreneurs’ Clinic, where students provide pro-bono legal services to high-tech startups. She also speaks regularly on topics such as intellectual property, patent licensing strategies, artificial intelligence, litigation management and contract law. She is a frequent presenter at the Practicing Law Institute.

Rachel Lovejoy is currently Senior Counsel at Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), a company founded by Elon Musk that designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft.  She manages SpaceX’s intellectual property strategy, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets; negotiates complex technology transactions across SpaceX’s lines of business, and advises SpaceX on issues of data privacy, security and confidentiality, among other issues.

Rachel has over 20 years of experience working with technology companies.  Prior to joining SpaceX in early 2014, she worked for IBM for 11 years in various roles in San Francisco, New York, Dubai and Sao Paolo.  Earlier in her career, she worked in Silicon Valley with high-tech startups, both in private practice and in-house, and served as an officer in the US Army Reserve. Rachel received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and her law degree from Harvard Law School. She currently works in the Washington, DC offices of SpaceX.

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. 

Tonik Matthews is Director and Senior Corporate Counsel at Autodesk, Inc., a leading 3D design, engineering and entertainment software platform company. 

Ms. Matthews received her law degree from the Stanford Law School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University.  During her 9-year tenure at Autodesk, she has been senior legal counsel to the company’s Chief Technology Officer (including the AI Research unit), SVP of Business Strategy and Marketing, and its Chief Information Officer. She also co-led an Autodesk team focused on AI/ML legal issues.  Prior to Autodesk, Ms. Matthews served as the Director of Business Affairs for Lucasfilm Ltd. and was General Counsel of a multinational media distribution company.

Tonik currently serves as a Director on the Board of Marin Promise Partnership, an organization addressing socio-economic and educational inequities of school-age children.  She also is a member of the grant review committee for 100 & Change, the MacArthur Foundation's bi-annual $100 Million global competition to fund a single proposal to solve a critical problem of our time.

Violetta Kokolus is a partner in the intellectual property transactions group. She advises on complex technology and intellectual property transactions, as well as on critical IP and privacy/cybersecurity aspects of M&A transactions across various industries.

Violetta has been involved in countless M&A transactions in her career, leading negotiations and resolving complex IP issues that arise during diligence. Additionally, Violetta has extensive experience with strategic IP licensing and commercial transactions, such as IP acquisitions, licensing matters, joint ventures, and research and development collaborations. She has also guided clients on legal issues related to data strategies and monetization, along with the integration of artificial intelligence.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Violetta practiced at a leading international law firm in New York. She also was seconded as legal counsel to Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California and Panasonic Corporation in Osaka, Japan.

David Almeling is a partner in the San Francisco office of O’Melveny & Myers.  He is one of the country’s leading attorneys in trade secret law.  Legal 500 describes him as one of the “key figures in the trade secrets space,” IAM Patent 1000 calls him a “trade secret authority,” he has taught trade secret law at UC Berkeley Law School, and he has testified before Congress on safeguarding trade secrets. David was profiled for his trade secret work in The National Law Journal ’s “Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers” as one of the top 50 intellectual property lawyers and in Daily’s Journal’s list of “Top Trade Secret Lawyers” in California.  The third edition of his book, Trade Secret Law and Corporate Strategy, was published by LexisNexis in 2018.

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 a frequent speaker on intellectual property matters at professional and academic conferences, was for many years an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he taught IP Strategy for High Technology Companies. He is a current board member of the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory and a past 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.

Marjorie Goux is a mission driven legal and business leader. She is Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel at the five-bottom-line company, CLIF BAR, whose energy bars fuel our adventures and an Advisor/Investor for TANOSHI Kids’ Computing – an award-winning Silicon Valley startup closing the homework gap with affordable tablets designed and loaded for kids between the ages of 6 and 12. Previously, she helped fuel growth at The Clorox Company in a dual role as Division Counsel for a succession of Clorox’s market leading businesses such as CLOROX and GLAD and as Chief Counsel for Clorox’s global strategic partnering and innovation teams. Earlier in her career, Marjorie thrived in roles focusing on IP law and anti-counterfeiting at HP and the powerhouse firm, BAKER MCKENZIE (both in London and in Palo Alto).

A passionate advocate for breaking the poverty cycle through education, Marjorie supports education-focused organizations through board and other advocacy work and is currently Vice Chair of The Oakland Public Education Fund Board. Her alma maters are: The University of Washington (Chemistry) and University College, London (Law).

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.


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

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.

Tessa Schwartz has an active practice counseling companies on intellectual property issues, and negotiating complex intellectual property and commercial agreements. She advises on a range of strategic transactions, including key patent licenses and acquisitions, technology procurement agreements, and complex development, collaboration, joint-venture and distribution deals. Ms. Schwartz also regularly advises companies on the IP aspects of their M&A transactions.

In addition to maintaining an active practice and working with clients on a daily basis, Ms. Schwartz currently serves as a firmwide managing partner.

Ms. Schwartz advises clients primarily in technology and data intensive sectors, representing software, SaaS, cloud computing, hardware, consumer electronics and products, social media, Internet, mobility and wireless, e-commerce, advertising, healthcare, fintech, transportation, semiconductor, and other companies. Ms. Schwartz’s M&A experience includes advising companies on the IP aspects of strategic transactions. She also focuses on matters related to energy-efficiency, renewable-energy, and sustainability. 

Ms. Schwartz provides clients with prelitigation and litigation advice. She frequently advises executives and senior management on strategic business, legal and commercial issues, including the structuring of transactions, risk management and contract compliance. She also counsels clients with respect to a wide variety of IP issues, including patent exhaustion and implied licenses, standing and standards, the protection of data and other trade secrets and the development and distribution of open-source software.

In addition to her transactional expertise, Ms. Schwartz’s litigation background includes representing clients in arbitration, as well as in state and federal courts in such areas as antitrust, false advertising, unfair competition, breach of contract, securities, trademark, copyright and trade secret law. Her litigation experience includes complex, multidistrict and class action litigation, as well as appellate advocacy.

Ms. Schwartz’s pro bono efforts have included work for The Biomimicry Institute, Goodwill, Common Sense Media, Business for Social Responsibility, The World Wildlife Fund, Build Change and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). She also provides IP advice to a variety of cultural, media and arts organizations; and other assistance for nonprofits. She recently received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California.

Ms. Schwartz received her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1991. In 1996, she earned her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.

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.