402. IP Career Management for APA Attorneys: Growing with Business & Technology

DATE: Saturday, July 22, 2017      TIME: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
LOCATION: City Hall, Committee Room 120

This panel will discuss career advancement for APA attorneys, who must actively manage their careers as business and technologies change. Perspectives of successful APA attorneys from firm, in-house, and judiciary will be featured. Panelists will discuss how they overcame obstacles and evolved their careers.

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Susan Tien

President and CEO, Susan Tien Search, Inc.

A leading legal recruiter, Susan Tien graduated from Harvard College and University of Pennsylvania Law School.  She worked as an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto before going in-house to Silicon Valley companies including eBay and SGI. She also was a founding partner with Virtual Law Partners, where she focused on technology transactions for startups and leading companies. Susan co-authored the Vault career guide Conquering Corporate America for Women and Minorities.


Mark Brazeal

Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Broadcom Limited

Mark Brazeal is Chief Legal Officer at Broadcom. In this role, he is responsible for the legal, governance and compliance functions across the company. Prior to his current role, he served as the Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President, IP Licensing for SanDisk Corporation, until it was acquired by Western Digital Corporation in 2016. Before joining SanDisk, Mr. Brazeal spent 15 years at Broadcom Corporation in various positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as the Senior Vice President and Senior Deputy General Counsel in charge of all commercial, operational, IP licensing and litigation matters for the company. Prior to that, Mr. Brazeal was an attorney in the transactional and IP groups at the law firms of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, CA, Yuasa & Hara in Tokyo, Japan and Howrey & Simon in Washington, D.C. He earned a J.D. and a B.A. in American Government from the University of Virginia.

Hon. Lucy Koh

District Judge, U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California

President Obama appointed Judge Lucy Koh to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in June 2010. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to the California Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara in January 2008. She was formerly a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, where her colleagues and she litigated the In re Seagate Technology case, in which the Federal Circuit overturned the 24 year old standard for willful patent infringement. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. A jury instruction from one of her trials is a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Model Criminal Jury instruction. She received an award from then FBI Director Louis Freeh for prosecuting a major securities fraud case. She served in Washington, D.C. as a Special Assistant to Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick at the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow on Senator Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard.

Senior Corporate Attorney, Tableau Software

Helen Hao Li

Helen Li is a Senior Corporate Attorney at Tableau Software, and she is responsible for intellectual property issues, including patents, trademarks, copyright and open source. Helen also supports the Development group generally, including their contract negotiation needs, Tech Partner Agreements, and similar projects. Before joining Tableau, Helen worked at Wilson Sonsini, Orrick and then at eBay where she worked as Technology & Patent Counsel. Her experience includes patent litigation, technology transactions, patent prosecution, and IP consulting. Prior to her legal career Helen studied computer science and worked as a software engineer. In her spare time, Helen enjoys spending time with her family including two kids and the family cat, reading, and hiking. Helen was born and raised in China, attended college there and came to the States afterward.

Partner, White & Case LLP

Bijal Vakil

Bijal V. Vakil serves as the Executive Partner in charge of the Firm's Silicon Valley office. He is an intellectual property partner whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, strategic counseling, and technology licensing. He has represented clients in intellectual property cases in numerous district courts, the International Trade Commission and before the Federal Circuit. Mr. Vakil has litigated patent cases involving a wide spectrum of technologies, including plasma television, digital and analog integrated circuits, semiconductor manufacturing, software, computer systems, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Mr. Vakil handles significant matters for entities of all sizes ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Silicon Valley start-ups. He also represents clients in patent negotiations and licensing. Companies around the world frequently call upon Mr. Vakil to assist with overall intellectual property strategy and litigation.

Mr. Vakil has held leadership positions in several bar associations and non-profit organizations. He serves as a Mediator in the United States District Court, Northern District of California's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. He also was selected by the judges of the United States District Court, Northern District of California as the co-chair of the Lawyer's Representative Committee (2013-2014).

Mr. Vakil has been recognized by the legal and business communities. He is the recipient of the 2010 "Best Lawyers Under 40" award from the National Asian Pacific Bar Association. He has also been named among the "40 Under 40 People to Watch in 2008" by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. He also served on the State Bar Committee on Federal Courts (2005-2008). He frequently speaks on legal topics of interest to the community. Mr. Vakil has been recently quoted in various business and technology publications including: Forbes, The Wall Street Journal/WSJ.com, Los Angeles Times, CNN Money, San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal (various articles), CIO Magazine, The Recorder (various articles), InfoWorld, Corporate Counsel Magazine, Los Angeles Daily Journal (various articles), Fast Company, India Business Journal, PC Magazine, E-Commerce Times, All Things Digital, Low-Power Engineering, San Jose Mercury News, Law360 and Handelsblatt. He was also recently featured on the BBC and Craig Peterson's Tech Talk Radio Show. He also devotes his time to pro bono matters, and serves on the Firm's Diversity Committee.

Mr. Vakil served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable James N. Barr of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Mr. Vakil is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of the State of California, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Eastern District of Texas and all of the US district courts in California. He previously served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Mr. Vakil was founder and former chair of the Taiwan Practice Group.

Executive Vice President, RPX Corp.

Mallun Yen


Currently, Executive Vice President and a member of the board of directors of RPX Corporation (Nasdaq: RPXC), Mallun Yen is part of the founding executive team that took public the venture-backed company in 2011. RPX aggregates resources, insights, and data to dramatically lower the cost and risk of patent litigation for its 350+ member companies, ranging from early stage startups to the largest enterprises in the world. Prior to RPX, Mallun spent eight years at Cisco Systems, Inc. where, as Vice President of Worldwide Intellectual Property and Deputy General Counsel, she built and led the teams responsible for intellectual property protection of Cisco’s technology, products, and innovation globally.

Mallun is a founder, board director, and CEO of ChIPs, a 501(c)(3) corporation with over 1,500 members focused on advancing and connecting women in technology, law, and policy. Its mission is to accelerate innovation in these areas by increasing diversity of thought, participation, and engagement. She is also a member of the board of directors of KQED, the public media organization for Northern California, where she serves on the strategic planning committee.