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EXPERIENCE AND SPECIALTIES
Intellectual property law. Illustrative cases include:
Enforcing Patent Rights:
Co-lead counsel for International Rectifier in International
Rectifier v. Samsung Electronic Co., Ltd. (C.D. Cal. 1998), in which IR
negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement after obtaining a preliminary injunction
enjoining importation or sale of the accused product line.
Co-lead trial counsel for International Rectifier in International
Rectifier v. SGS-Thomson Microelectronics, 38 USPQ2d 1038 (C.D. Cal. 1994)
(affd without opinion by the Federal Circuit), in which IR obtained a
multi-million dollar judgment for STs breach of a patent license agreement.
Co-lead trial counsel for International Rectifier in SGS-Thomson
Microelectronics v. International Rectifier (C.D. Cal. 1995) in Markman
hearing to resolve claim-interpretation issues relating to STs patent.
Co-lead counsel for International Rectifier in a variety
of other patent actions resulting in substantial royalty-bearing licenses for
Co-lead counsel for International Rectifier in Power
MOSFET Technology v. Siemens et al., (E.D.Tex 2000), in which plaintiff
asserted a patent alleged to cover IRs "CoolMOS" devices, but
voluntarily dismissed the action as to our client after Markman briefs were
Counsel for IBM in IBM v. Conner Peipherals (N.D.Cal.
settled in 1995), which involved 18 disk-drive patents.
Counsel for AMD in Cypress Semiconductor v. AMD (D.
Minn. 1996) involving Programmable Logic Array patents.
Co-counsel for Sun Microsystems in preparation of patent
applications related to software and e-commerce.
Enforcing Copyrights and Trademarks:
Lead counsel for copyright holder in Les Films Alain
Sarde v. Arrow Releasing (C.D. Cal. 1998), in which the copyright
holder regained the rights to distribute the film Ponette after a breach
of the distribution agreement.
Counsel for Ty, Inc. in enforcing copyrights and trademarks
with respect to "Beanie Babies."
Counsel for Le Studio Canal+ in a variety of disputes over
rights to film libraries.
Lead appellate counsel for Ananda in Self Realization
fellowship Church v. Ananda Church of Self-Realization, 206 F.3d 1322 (9th
Cir. 2000) (copyright dispute between rival churches over the writings and recordings
of their common founder).
Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in Wong v. University
Associates, Orange County Superior Court, a breach of contract action in
which our client prevailed after a 30-day jury trial.
Lead appellate counsel in Nippon Miniature Bearings v.
U.S. Customs Service,_F.3d_(9th Cir. 2000) (challenge to legality
of customs seizures of ball bearings).
Lead counsel in Anacomp v. Hanny Magnetics (N.D.
Cal. 1998), a breach of contract action in which summary judgment was obtained
for our client at the close of discovery.
Appellate counsel for Bank of America in Kruse v. Bank
of America, 202 Cal.App. 3d 38 (1988), reversing $26-million judgment against
bank based on various fraud and "lender liability" theories.
Member, Adjunct Faculty, Southwestern University School
of Law, 1986-1991 (Courses taught: Intermediate Civil Practice I; Appellate
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1984, cum laude
(law review, 1982-83).