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ANATOMY OF A PATENT CASE: What Separates the Winners From the Losers?


April 24, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 280B
Learn what it takes to win a high-stakes patent lawsuit. Hear nationally recognized trial lawyer Chris Ottenweller, partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, discuss real-world cases and the strategies that led his clients to victory. Get your questions answered and gain insights on developing a career as an IP litigator (including some surprising benefits of entering the field without a technical degree) from Mr. Ottenweller and James Freedman (SLS ’12), an Orrick associate.
Chris Ottenweller is an IP partner in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffes Silicon Valley office. His cases involve cutting-edge legal issues and run the full gamut of technologies, including smartphones, tablets, mobile devices, semiconductors, GPUs, computers, operating systems, graphical user interfaces, flash memory, and many other technologies. Mr. Ottenweller has served as first-chair counsel in more than 75 cases, successfully resolving virtually every one of them; and has tried many cases to judgment, in all types of forums, including jury trials, bench trials, the ITC and arbitrations.
He has been recognized as one of the Top IP Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal, as Intellectual Property MVP by Law360, and as The American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Week on March 25, 2013 for his victory in a patent case for EMC Corp. In that case, a jury trial in Sherman, Texas led to the invalidation of all of the plaintiff’s patents. The case was twice featured on NPR (This American Life: “When Patents Attack) and cited by various legal publications as a leading defense victory of 2013.
James Freedman is an associate in Orricks Silicon Valley office. He focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark litigation and counseling. He also assists clients with copyright and trademark registrations and technology transactions. He is a 2012 graduate of Stanford Law School, where he served as an editor on the boards of the Stanford Law Review andStanford Technology Law Review and as co-president of SLATA. He was the 2011 recipient of the American Intellectual Property Law Associations Robert C. Watson Award.