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October 20, 2015 Newsletter


October 20, 2015 Newsletter

In this Issue...

  1. Community Service Committee & ALA: Citizen Workshop
  2. API Bars' Solo and Small Firm Autumn Networking Mixer
  3. SABA, APABA Silicon Valley, and Fenwick Present: Fireside Chat with Dana Rao
  4. APABA Silicon Valley IP Committee Presents: "Patent Infringement Reasonable Royalty Damages: Apportion the Increment?"
  5. APABA Silicon Valley Now Accepting Submissions for 2016 Officer, Board, and Committee Positions
  6. APABA Silicon Valley Congratulates 2015 Scholarship and Diversity Award Recipients
  7. CALOBA "Meet the Leaders"
  8. Job Opportunities

APABA Silicon Valley Congratulates 2015 Scholarship and Diversity Award Recipients

Rena Sera, Golden Gate University
APABA Silicon Valley Equal Justice Scholarship
Generously funded by Lee Tran and Liang LLP

Steven Vong, UC Davis
APABA Silicon Valley Equal Justice Scholarship
Generously funded by Lee Tran and Liang LLP

Victor Ng, University of San Francisco
APABA Silicon Valley / BALIF Joint Scholarship

Tiffany Leung, UC Berkeley
Asian Law Alliance Scholarship

Cheryl Ho
Silicon Valley Asian American Judges Scholarship
Generously funded by Asian American Judges of Silicon Valley

VMware, Inc.
Inspire Award For Diversity

 McManis Faulkner
Beacon Award for Diversity

 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Hope Award for Diversity


CALOBA "Meet the Leaders"

Thursday, October 22, 2015
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Foley & Lardner LLP
975 Page Mill Road 
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Thanks to the sponsorship of Foley & Lardner LLP, no fees are required to participate in this program.  Pre-registration is required.  Please register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-leaders-eileen-r-ridley-10222015-tickets-18771137979

*Lunch will be provided, compliments of Foley & Lardner LLP.


Citizenship Workshop

Saturday, October 24, 2015
10:00AM - 5:00PM

Seven Trees Community Center
Classroom #2
3590 Cas Dr.
San Jose, CA 95111

Asian Law Alliance is having a free Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10am until 5pm.

We are looking for volunteer attorneys and law students to assist with screening clients for eligibility and completing the citizenship and fee waiver forms. Volunteers can sign up for morning shift only or for the entire day.

There is a mandatory volunteer training on Wednesday, October 21 from 6 to 8 PM at Seven Trees Community Center Classroom #2 (3590 Cas Dr. San Jose, CA 95111).

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Judy Lai at judy.lai@davispolk.com.


API Bars' Solo and Small Firm Autumn Networking Mixer

Thursday, October 29, 2015
5:30PM - 8:00PM

305 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010

Please join the Solo and Small Firm Committees of AABA and APABA Silicon Valley for an autumn networking mixer at Barrelhouse, 305 California Dr., Burlingame, California 94010. Solo practitioners and small firm attorneys from all practice areas are invited to network, mingle, and share business cards. The first 25 attendees will also receive a complimentary drink ticket.

This event is open to paid members of API bars. Please RSVP on or before Wednesday, October 28, 2015, to Mark Punzalan by email at markp@punzalanlaw.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fireside Chat with Dana Rao, VP of Intellectual Property @ Adobe

Thursday, November 5, 2015
6:30PM - 8:00PM

Fenwick & West LLP
801 California St.
Mountain View, CA 94041

The South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, in collaboration with APABA Silicon Valley and Fenwick, is hosting a very exciting event with Dana Rao, Vice President of Intellectual Property & Litigation at Adobe.  Mr. Rao will be joining us for a fireside chat on the evening of Thursday, November 5th at the Mountain View office of Fenwick & West.  The event will feature an interview of Mr. Rao regarding his experiences as in-house counsel, followed by questions from the audience.

We have a limited number of seats so it is important that you RSVP if you plan to attend. To RSVP please use the following link: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=pvtvg  

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to SABA-NC's Vice President, Anant Pradhan, at vicepresident@southasianbar.org.

APABA Silicon Valley IP Committee Presents: "Patent Infringement Reasonable Royalty Damages: Apportion the Increment?"

Monday, November 23, 2015
11:30AM - 1:30PM
Registration begins at 11:30AM; Program starts at 12PM.

Gibson Dunn
1881 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

In any patent infringement matter, one of the first questions that must be addressed is: “What is our exposure?” Over the years, this seemingly simple question has proven difficult to answer in view of how differently patent infringement plaintiffs and defendants have approached damages calculations. Although a number of recent Federal Circuit decisions have addressed patent damages calculation methodologies, some significant areas remain unresolved. One such area is highlighted by a recent decision in Good Technology Corp. v. MobileIron Inc. , in which the Court addressed the propriety of a reasonable royalty theory that allocated 100 percent of an accused infringer’s incremental profits to the patentee. The Court’s decision sparked a series of articles on both sides of the issue, and in our presentation, you will hear debate from the articles’ authors and commentary from the expert whose opinion who sparked the debate.

A single paragraph in Judge Grewal’s July 10 Order denying a Daubert motion directed at excluding damages expert Richard Eichmann’s, NERA Economic Consulting, testimony in Good Technology Corp. v. MobileIron Inc. led to a pitched battle over patent infringement reasonable royalty damages analysis in the normally staid pages of online IP news service IP360. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s William Rooklidge and law student Andrew Brown decried the Court’s ruling in an article arguing that a methodology that awards the patentee 100% of the accused infringer’s expected profits as reasonable royalty damages violates a fundamental premise of the hypothetical negotiation analysis, constitutes an impermissible rule of thumb, and should have been excluded. Economists Michael Chapman and John Jarosz responded in a Law360 article of their own, arguing that the Good decision allowing a reasonable royalty equal to all of the incremental contributions that the patent owner made to a product’s success is not a rule of thumb, but is instead good economics. In a little over a month, the authors fired back and forth in a series of five articles citing scholarly articles and Supreme Court, Federal Circuit and district court opinions, and revealing a deep divide over fundamental issues in patent infringement damages. Authors Chapman, Jarosz and Rooklidge, as well as the expert whose testimony ignited the debate, Eichmann, will engage in a panel discussion of this cutting-edge debate moderated by Gibson Dunn attorney and APABA member Frank Cote.

To RSVP, please email the IP Committee at ip@apabasv.com.

Generously sponsored by Gibson Dunn

APABA Silicon Valley Now Accepting Submissions for 2016 Officer, Board, and Committee Positions!

Submission Deadline: 5:00PM Monday, November 2, 2015

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley (“APABA-SV”) is now accepting submissions from those interested in serving as a 2016 APABA-SV Officer, Board Member, Committee Chair, or Committee Member. General requirements, responsibilities and a list of positions are provided below. Please submit your Statement of Interest by 5:00 pm on Monday, November 2, 2015 to apabasv.nom2016@gmail.com. Please note reference code “Nom2016” in the RE line of your e-mail.

Your Statement of Interest (65 words or less) should indicate the position(s) desired, qualifications (prior service/activity with APABA-SV, other bar associations, community work, goals for the position, etc.) and any other relevant information.

If you presently serve as a Board Member, Committee Chair or Committee Member of APABA-SV, you must also submit a Statement of Interest if you would like to return to the same or different position(s).

Officer / Board General Requirements and Responsibilities:

  • The Board manages "the business and affairs of the Association . . .".
  • Must be a current dues-paid member of APABA-SV.
  • Must be an attorney in good standing with the bar of those states where he or she is licensed to practice.
  • Attend and participate in monthly Board meetings, either via phone or in person when possible (two or more unexcused absences may result in removal from the Board).
  • Support APABA-SV events and fundraising activities (including using best efforts to secure sponsorship for at least one table at APABA-SV's annual banquet).
  • Participate in at least one major Board initiative (may be in conjunction with a committee project/event).
  • Serve on at least one APABA-SV committee.

Committee Chair / Member General Requirements and Responsibilities:

  • Each committee should be co-chaired by two to three co-chairs, at least one of whom should be a Board member.
  • Co-chairs must plan and lead committee meetings and activities.
  • Co-chairs must provide monthly reports to the Board on committee activities.
  • Co-chairs and committee members must be current dues-paid members of APABA-SV.
  • Open to all attorneys, law school students or graduates, and government officials who agree to abide by APABA-SV's Bylaws.
  • Attend committee meetings and actively participate in at least one major committee activity.


  • President. The President oversees and guides the business affairs of APABA-SV, subject to the direction and control of the Board.
  • Vice President, External. The External Vice President occupies a public-facing role and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the greater community, including other bar associations, community and public interest groups, etc. The External Vice President serves as APABA-SV’s “secretary of state” and performs the duties of the President in the absence of the acting President.
  • Vice President, Internal (two positions). Two Internal Vice Presidents assist the President in management of APABA-SV by overseeing its committees.
  • Secretary. The Secretary oversees adherence to APABA-SV’s Bylaws and the integrity of Officer and Board actions through proper record-keeping, provision of notice, and other duties incident to the office.
  • Treasurer. The Treasurer serves as principal accounting and financial officer for APABA-SV.

*and any other officer(s) deemed appropriate by the Board


  1. Banquet / Annual Dinner
  2. Community Service / Civil Rights
  3. Communications
  4. Endorsements / Judiciary
  5. In-House Counsel
  6. Intellectual Property
  7. Membership & Events
  8. Mentorship
  9. New Lawyers
  10. Partners
  11. Scholarship
  12. Small Firm / Solo Practitioner
  13. Social
  14. Women In Law

*and any other committee(s) deemed appropriate by the Board

Statements of Interest should be submitted to apabasv.nom2016@gmail.com. For more information on the Bar Association and its Board, Officers, and committees, please see our website at http://www.apabasv.com. Please send any questions to apabasv.nom2016@gmail.com.

Job Opportunities


For current job postings, please visit the Job Opportunities page on the APABA-SV site.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
P.O. Box 1741 | Fremont | California 94538 | apabasv@gmail.com