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November 3, 2015 Newsletter


November 3, 2015 Newsletter

In this Issue...

  1. APABA Silicon Valley Congratulates 2015 MBC Unity Award Winner Chester Te
  2. APABA-SV Women In Law Committee: Annual Holiday Brunch
  3. APABA Silicon Valley IP Committee Presents: "Patent Infringement Reasonable Royalty Damages: Apportion the Increment?"
  4. APABA Silicon Valley July 2015 Bar Exam Happy Hour
  5. SABA, APABA Silicon Valley, and Fenwick Present: Fireside Chat with Dana Rao
  6. Job Opportunities

APABA Silicon Valley Congratulates 2015 MBC Unity Award Winner Chester Te

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
6:00PM - 8:00PM

UC Hastings College of the Law
198 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley proudly congratulates Chester Te for receiving the Minority Bar Coalition's 2015 Unity Award for his dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  Chester will be recognized at the upcoming MBC Unity Awards Reception on Wednesday, November 18th in San Francisco.  All are invited to attend, and event information can be found here

Chester is Assistant General Counsel at SVB Financial Group, the parent company of Silicon Valley Bank, and was nominated by APABA Silicon Valley for his longstanding dedication to the APA legal community.  Chester has been actively involved with APABA-SV in numerous capacities over the years, serving on its Judiciary and Endorsements Committee, In-House Committee, as a mentor, board member, VP and President.  Chester has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and on its Judiciary and Diversity Committees as well.  Chester is also a past President of the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (Northern California chapter).  He is currently a board member of APABA Silicon Valley, Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and continues to serve as a board member of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services, which raises funds for legal services for the needy.

Please join APABA Silicon Valley to celebrate Chester at the upcoming MBC Unity Awards Reception.

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-SV Women In Law Committee: Annual Holiday Brunch

Saturday, November 14, 2015
11:30AM - 1:30PM

Mayfield Bakery & Cafe (Town & Country Village)
855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301 USA

Come join us for some holiday fun and informal discussion about building and maintaining a successful career as a female attorney. Please bring cash/card for your own meal. Dessert is sponsored by APABA-SV!

Please RSVP with Valerie Li (hsuan713@gmail.com) by Thursday, November 12.

Free parking is available.

Please click here for the flyer.


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

The APABA Silicon Valley IP Committee is proud to present the event "Patent Infringement Reasonable Royalty Damages: Apportion the Increment?"

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.


  • Michael J. Chapman, Vice President, Analysis Group, Inc.
  • Richard Eichmann, Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting
  • John C. Jarosz, Managing Principal, Analysis Group, Inc.
  • William Rooklidge, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


  • Frank Cote, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


Registration required.  RSVP to ip@apabasv.com before November 19.

1 hour of MCLE credit for California is available, pending approval.

Generously sponsored by Gibson Dunn.


APABA Silicon Valley July 2015 Bar Exam Happy Hour

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
5:30PM - 9:30PM

INDO Restaurant & Lounge
3295 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Please join us on November 24th for a happy hour to celebrate the release of the July Bar Exam results. Many thanks to our generous sponsor, Parr Law Group, who helped make it possible for us to have a hosted bar from 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM (cash bar thereafter). Appetizers to be provided as well.

Please RSVP here.


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
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