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Patent Disputes Forum North

The preferred IP event among patent litigators and in-house counsel

Austin Holian
 •  $165 - $225

2017 Patent Disputes Forum North is a full day rich in valuable information and intelligence for corporate counsel, intellectual property litigators, and those involved in the ever-changing Patent environment. Delegates will walk away armed with insights concerning key IP issues that impact their clients, companies and even careers.

More than just an educational conference, 2017 Patent Disputes Forum North offers unparalleled networking and business development opportunities.

About our Chairs


William F. Abrams, the managing partner of Steptoe’s Palo Alto office, is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who is, as reported by Chambers USA, “frankly brilliant at what he does; he finds the fight his client can fight, and performs very well,” as well as a “wizard of the patent bar… a courageous litigator who understands both the broader picture and the social context surrounding issues.”  He was named a “California Lawyer of the Year” by California Magazine and a Top 100 Lawyer and Top 75 IP Lawyer by The Daily Journal.



Jeff Joyner’s experience includes patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, trials, appeals, enforcement, protection and licensing. He also focuses on technology, including green technologies, entertainment, Internet and new media law.

Jeff has represented major electronics companies, technology companies, internet companies, semiconductor companies, media companies, consumer products companies, medical companies, fashion designers, sports organizations, entertainment companies, artists, photographers, international and domestic food and beverage companies, alternative energy and clean technology projects, in litigation involving substantial damage claims and the development and execution of worldwide intellectual property development, acquisition, protection, compliance, enforcement, branding and licensing programs for patents, famous trademarks, trade dress and copyrighted works.

Jeff advises and is a limited partner of one of the first clean technology venture funds that includes a portfolio of solar, carbon credit management, water purification and bio pesticide companies. He also advises other ventures and companies using technologies for solar, wind, biomass, solar thermal, waste to-energy, green building material, transportation, infrastructure and smart grid projects, among others.  Jeff is a Board member, Advisor or Co-Founder of incubators, accelerators, and emerging technology companies including U.S.-China Clean Tech Center, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, California-China Foreign Trade and Investment Office, e4 Mobility Alliance, e4 Advanced Transportation Center, Los Angeles Economic Development Agency, Bay Area Council, among others.



As a principal at Fish & Richardson, Kathi Vidal (foLutton%20Kathi%20(high%20resolution)rmerly Lutton) leads and tries high-profile, high-stakes patent litigation. Ms. Vidal served for four years in firm management, leading the firm’s litigation group and separately serving on the firm’s Management Committee. Located in Fish’s Silicon Valley office, she advises clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups on patent protection and enforcement and other intellectual property matters. Inside and outside of the courtroom, Ms. Vidal is often called upon as an expert on case strategy and hot topics in the law



Danielle WilliamsDanielle Williams

Danielle Williams is a principal in Fish’s Atlanta office and has handled a wide range of business disputes, including patent infringement, securities fraud, and complex contract matters in a number of federal and state courts. An experienced patent litigator, Ms. Williams has extensive experience in handling high-risk, multi-patent, multi-product, multi-defendant cases in a broad range of technologies. Ms. Williams is a frequent author and presenter and co-authors a blog focused on patent damages:

About our Speakers

Jeff KichavenKichaven_Jeff

Jeff Kichaven is an independent mediator with a nationwide practice and extensive experience and expertise in intellectual property cases. He has been honored as California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in ADR and has been named to the Daily Journal’s list of California Top Neutrals list eight times. He is a member of the American Law Institute and has taught the Master Class for Mediators for his alma mater, Harvard Law School.


Mark SelwynSelwyn_Mark_hi

Partner, WilmerHale

Mark Selwyn is a partner at WilmerHale in the Litigation/Controversy Department, co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  He has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of intellectual property in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2016 editions. Sources say “he is one of the hardest-working practitioners around” and is “top notch.” Major corporations have relied on him to litigate biomedical, electrical, chemical, mechanical, and business method patents involving a diverse array of technologies, including wireless communications, electronic commerce, digital cameras, solid state disk drives, location sensing, biosensors, water and wastewater filtration, integrated circuits and angioplasty catheters. He has represented clients in dozens of patent and other intellectual property cases in federal courts throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission. Mr. Selwyn counts among his clients many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent technology companies


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