White & Case
 
Bijal V. Vakil
Partner
Silicon Valley

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Practice Experience
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: ForbesThe Wall Street Journal/WSJ.com, Los Angeles TimesCNN 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 also serves as the Chair of the Firm's Taiwan Country Practice Group.

Bars and Courts
California State Bar
US Supreme Court
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Registered Foreign Lawyer, England & Wales

Education
JD, University of California, Davis School of Law, Phi Delta Phi
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society

Professional Associations and Memberships
UCLA Venture Capital Fund Member
Lawyer Representative, Northern District of California, Ninth Circuit Judicial Council (2011-2014) (Co-Chair, 2013-2014)
Federal Circuit Bar Association
Strategic Advisory Council and Life Member, Asian Pacific American Bar of Silicon Valley (President, 2006)
Board, National Asian Pacific Bar Association (Northern California Regional Governor, 2008-2010; Secretary, 2010-2011, Member-at-Large 2011-2013)
Asian Law Alliance (Secretary, 2010; Vice-President, 2011; President, 2012)
Life Member, South Asian Bar of Northern California
Co-Chair, National Endorsements Committee, National South Asian Bar Association

Awards and Recognition
Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars 2013-2014
Certificate of Special Recognition, Community Service (United States Congresswoman Anna Eshoo), 2012
Certificate of Special Recognition, Field of Law and Community and Social Justice (United States Congressman Mike Honda), 2012
Bar Association of San Francisco, Diversity Award, 2012
PLC Which Lawyer? Intellectual Property (USA: CA: San Francisco and Silicon Valley)
2010 "Best Lawyers Under 40," NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association)
2010 Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
"40 Under 40 People to Watch in 2008" by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
Minority Bar Association's Unity Award (2009)

Speaking Engagements
"Remedies: Developments in Damages and Injunctive Relief," Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, 2013 Advanced Patent Law Institute, December 12, 2013
"To Plead or Not to Plead," Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, University of Texas School of Law and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, 2012 Advanced Patent Law Institute, December 7, 2012
"Eastward Expansion: E Discovery and Emerging Privacy Laws in the Pacific Region," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Washington DC, November 16, 2012
"International IP Strategy," The Life of a Start-Up: From Initial Financing to IPO/Exit, International Bar Association, November 5, 2012
"Making Partner at Big Law Firms for Diverse Attorneys," Barristers Club 2012 Annual Meeting, October 26, 2012
"How to Effectively Prosecute AIA Post-Grant Proceedings, The New Framework for Resolving Patent Disputes Within the PTO," Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco, October 3, 2012
"Pathways to Leadership for Asian American and Women Attorneys," Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley, September 14, 2012
"The Changing Face of Patent Trolls," 2012 Symposium on International Legal Strategies for Taiwan Technology Companies: A Focus on Intellectual Property and Antitrust Issues, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 13 June 2012 and Taipei, Taiwan, 15 June 2012 (with Kao-Yu Hsu)
"FRANDly Licensing", Association of Corporate Counsel, Palo Alto and San Francisco, April 2012
"Reexaming Reexamination: Past, Present, and Future," Advanced Patent Law Institute, The Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at UC Berkeley, The University of Texas School of Law, Palo Alto, December 8, 2011
"The Changing Landscape of Patents: Perspectives from the Tech, Cleantech, and Financial Industries," National Asian Pacific Bar Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 18, 2011
"International Corporate and Finance Strategies for Taiwanese Business," Taipei, Taiwan, October 25, 2011
"Market Solutions," Defense 2.0: New Strategies for Reducing Patent Risk, Boalt and Santa Clara High-Tech Law Institute, Santa Clara, CA, October 15, 2011
"Taking Control of Patent Litigation: Fighting Jurisdiction and Initiating Declaratory Relief Actions," 2011 Symposium on International IP Strategies for Taiwanese Technology Companies, Hsinchu, Taiwan, June 9, 2011 and Taipei, Taiwan, June 10, 2011
"Legal Process Outsourcing" and "California Inspires! Tales from the Top," National Asian Pacific Bar Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, November 18-20, 2010
"Israel Journey 2010," sponsored by Ernst & Young, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 26, 2010
"The Diversity Edge: Making Law Firm Diversity a Reality," California Minority Council Program, San Francisco, CA, September 30, 2010
"Patent Damages Reform and False Marking," 2010 Symposium on International Intellectual Property Strategies for Taiwanese High-Tech Companies, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 03 June 2010 and Taipei, Taiwan, 04 June 2010
"Antitrust Claims in Patent Litigation," Association of Corporate Counsel, Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA, May 2010 (with Noah A. Brumfield)
"Successful Jury Themes in Intellectual Property Cases," Palo Alto, CA, April 22, 2010 (with Judge Alfred J. Lechner, Jr.)
"International Intellectual Property Trends for 2010," Paris, France, January 26, 2010
"USPTO to Speed Up Examination of Green Technologies Applications," White & Case Client Alert, December 2009 (with Howard Wettan and Sue F. Xia)
"Representations, Indemnifications and Warranties," Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel Annual All-Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, CA, December 3, 2009
Mr. Vakil was among a group of panelists discussing, "Eliminating Ambiguity and Minimizing Risk with Warranty, Limitations of Liability, and Indemnification Provisions," at the American Licensing Institute's 15th Annual conference, "The Practical and Tactical Art of the Deal in Software Licensing Agreements," San Francisco, CA, October 6, 2009
"Maintaining Costs with E-Discovery and Maximizing the Benefit," Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2009
"Have You Looked at Your Indemnification Clause Lately? What Quanta v. LG Means For Your Business Relationships," Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, July 22, 2009
"The Thieves of Thought: Protecting Intellectual Property in the Information Age and Beyond," World Future Society, Chicago, IL, July 18, 2009
"Have You Looked At Your Indemnification Clause Lately? What Quanta v. LG Means For Your Business Relationships," Association of Corporate Counsel, Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA May 2009
Mr. Vakil moderated a panel on, "Portfolio Valuation," at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology's Symposium on "Theory and Practice of Patent Valuation," Berkeley, CA, February 6, 2009

Languages
English

Citizenship
United States