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204. Effective Use of Joint Defense Arrangements

DATE: Friday, July 21, 2017      TIME: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LOCATION: USPTO, 2nd floor, Alaska Room

Your company/client has been sued, along with a host of other companies, for infringement of the same patent. Counsel for one of the other defendants approaches you or your company/client about setting up a joint defense arrangement, touting the benefits of shared thoughts and expenses. But working in such joint defense arrangements can be tricky, especially if the other defendants are your competitors, vendors, or customers. Learn from our panel of experienced in-house and law firm counsel about the issues that arise in connection with joint defense arrangements, and how to avoid or mitigate the risks to which these arrangements expose you and your company/client.

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Aseem Gupta

Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation, Salesforce

Aseem Gupta is Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation at Salesforce in San Francisco. Along with the Senior Vice President of Global Litigation, Aseem manages all litigation and pre-litigation matters for Salesforce globally, from North and South America, to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Aseem's litigation practice covers a wide variety of subject areas, including IP, Employment, TCPA, and general commercial litigation. He currently serves on the Pro Bono Advisory Board of Swords to Plowshares, an organization dedicated to providing all types of assistance to Veterans, and also on the Board of Directors of the Family Violence Appellate Project, which advocates on behalf of domestic violence survivors and their children. Prior to Salesforce, Aseem was an IP litigator at Sidley Austin, Howrey, and Heller Ehrman. Aseem received his B.S. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University, his M.S. in Information Systems Management also from Carnegie Mellon University, and his J.D. from Cornell Law School.

Brian Kwok

Partner, Haynes and Boone LLP

Brian Kwok is a Partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. He helps clients resolve patent disputes before litigation ensues. When those disputes mature into formal litigations, Brian advocates for clients before the International Trade Commission, federal district courts, and the UPSTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (including inter partes review). Brian’s technical experience includes a wide range of high-tech subject matter, such as standards-essential wireless telecommunications (e.g., LTE, UMTS, cdma2000, GSM, and Wi-Fi), user experience design, GPS, semi-conductor circuits, mobile payment systems, liquid crystal displays, and other consumer electronics technologies. He is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion initiatives. Brian received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with Distinction, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from University of Wisconsin Law School.

Diana Luo

Senior Associate General Counsel, Walmart Global eCommerce

Diana Luo is a Senior Associate General Counsel for Walmart Global eCommerce, responsible for a variety of intellectual property issues, including IP litigation and pre-litigation disputes for all Walmart entities in the U.S. Prior to joining Walmart in September 2013, Diana was an IP litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto, where she focused on complex patent litigation. She began her legal career at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP. Diana is a member of the California bar, and is also a registered patent attorney. She is active in APABA-Silicon Valley, currently serving on the Board of Directors and also a co-chair for the In-House Committee. Diana received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Partner, Haynes and Boone LLP

Philip Woo

Phil Woo is a Partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes and Boone, LLP, a law firm with over 575 attorneys worldwide. He leads and works with teams on deep technical issues in matters of commercial significance for innovation-driven high-technology companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. With a degree in electrical engineering and substantial real-world experience in the high-tech industry, clients have entrusted Phil with numerous matters, in both litigation and transactions. He has been recognized in the 2013-17 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in patent law. Phil received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, and his J.D. from University of Southern California Law School.

Jim S. Zeng

Chief Legal Compliance, SAP

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Jim S. Zeng is SAP’s Chief Legal Compliance for SAP Cloud and Business Network and Applications Group. In this role, Jim is the principal business attorney who supports SAP's cloud business at large. He directly partners with the responsible c-suite leadership and executive board members on navigating regulatory issues at the heart of Cloud Computing—ranging from data privacy and data security, to export controls and anti-corruption—while maximizing business achievements. Jim received his B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, and his J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law.