AREAS OF EXPERTISE


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Neutral

Arbitrator, mediator, settlement counsel, entrepreneur coaching over broad range of commercial, personal injury, consumer real estate, employment, professional fee agreements and corporate governance.

Commercial Trial Attorney

Unfair competition; contracts; intellectual property including patent, copyright, trademarks; entertainment; trade secret litigation; Markman (claim construction hearings; RICO; FRCP Rule 11 Sanctions proceedings.

Commercial Transactions

IP and technology licensing; patent pools; RAND licensing; trade secrets; publicity rights; domain names; trademark; copyrights; distribution; supply; manufacturing; R&D; product endorsement; agency agreements, real estate transactions and broker agreements regarding business and real estate sales; international trade and enforcement of rights; architectural rights in commercial structures; insurance coverage issues arising out of advertising injury coverage.

International

Ongoing engagement with foreign counsel in connection numerous countries in connection with the filing and foreign prosecution of patent and trademark registration applications; US Customs and foreign importation matters including seizure of counterfeit products; foreign grey market importation matters; discovery in Japanese courts; depositions in Europe (primarily Germany) in connect with US litigation; service of process under the Hague Convention; assist Holland company in the assignment of international patent rights and the enforcement of those rights; managed patent enforcement and patent validity litigation in Germany; negotiated and drafted numerous international patent and trademark license agreements and foreign territory product distribution agreements; managed Polish counsel in legal matters conducted in Poland; interacted UK engineers, inventors and legal counsel in connection with prosecution of hip transplant invention; represented client in international arbitration matter between Japan and US related to copyright license agreements; enforcement of judgments in foreign countries; represented Italian client in litigation regarding a weaving product including pursuing litigation in Italy regarding same; represented Swiss company in connection with product development and IP protection; Represented client in connection with commercial agreement with Mexico company; specific countries include Eurasia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Holland, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Australia, China among others.

Employment

Consultant agreements, employee and employer non-compete, employee IP ownership rights, confidentiality, employment agreements.

Corporate

Non-profit board governance, executive compensation, audit committee duties and independence, conflict of interest reporting and obligations of board members, regulatory financial reporting; merger and acquisition due diligence matters.

Government and Regulatory

Proceedings before the ITC, U.S. Customs, U.S. Patent Office – patent prosecution and board of appeals matters – U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Department of Justice patent pool matters; ESI discovery disputes.

Insurance

GCL advertising injury, duty to defend, reservation of rights, personal injury insurance coverage.

Appellate

CAFC, 9th Circuit, 5th Circuit, and California Appellate.

Electronic Discovery

ESI management and discovery numerous speaking engagements on the topic; actively participated in eDiscovery matters; published numerous articles including Sedona Conference White Papers on eDiscovery.

Entrepreneur Coaching

Assisting and advising entrepreneurs and business on board governance, protection of corporate and IP assets, resolution of business disputes and business operations.

Non-Profit Board

Advising and consulting on board governance, organization, structures and operations.