Bijal Vakil | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Bijal Vakil
Bijal Vakil

Bijal Vakil

Partner, Silicon Valley

Technology companies look to Bijal Vakil to protect their intellectual property assets through strategic counseling and robust litigation.

Overview

Bijal has a successful track record litigating complex patent cases in district courts, the International Trade Commission and before the Federal Circuit. Clients also benefit from his experience advising on patent portfolios and assisting with technology licensing agreements.

His practice covers a wide range of technologies, including computer software, semiconductors, e-commerce/social media, consumer electronics and telecommunications. The knowledge and insight that he brings to the most complex patent disputes has made him a valued asset for technology companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to Silicon Valley start-ups.

Bijal is the Executive Partner of the Firm's Silicon Valley office, and the founder of the Firm’s Taiwan Country Practice. He also serves on the Firm's Diversity Committee and devotes time to pro bono matters. In 2010, the National Asian Pacific Bar Association recognized him as one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40".

Widely recognized by legal professionals as an authority in his field, Bijal has held leadership positions in several bar associations and non-profit organizations. He currently serves as a mediator in the United States District Court, Northern District of California's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and was previously selected by the judges of the United States District Court, Northern District of California as co-chair of the Lawyer's Representative Committee.  Bijal is also a working group member in patent litigation of the Sedona Conference.

A committed member of the Asian Pacific American legal community, Bijal has served on the Executive Committee of the National Asian Pacific Bar Association, on Committees for the National South Asian Bar Association, and as President of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley, and as President of the Asian Law Alliance.

 

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
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Languages

  • English

Experience

Hewlett-Packard Company
Bijal led the successful defense of Hewlett-Packard in a patent infringement action involving web publishing software. He prevailed at claim construction and on motions for summary judgment to limit customers' claims of indirect infringement.
Google, Inc.
Bijal intervened in an ongoing ITC investigation on behalf of Google, prevailing on all claims.
Walmart Global eCommerce
Bijal defended Walmart Global eCommerce in numerous patent actions across the United States.
Autonomy, Inc.
Bijal successfully prevailed on a co-inventor claim resulting in favourable settlement.
Global Foundries
Bijal represented a leading semiconductor fab in a complex patent litigation case. His team filed dozens of inter partes reviews and prevailed with a stay pending resolution at the USPTO.

Speaking Engagements

"Is District Court Litigation Essentially Over?, December 11, 2014: Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, 2014 Advanced Patent Law Institute

"Remedies: Developments in Damages and Injunctive Relief", December 12, 2013: Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, 2013 Advanced Patent Law Institute

"To Plead or Not to Plead", December 7, 2012: Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, University of Texas School of Law and Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, 2012 Advanced Patent Law Institute

"Eastward Expansion: E Discovery and Emerging Privacy Laws in the Pacific Region", November 16, 2012: National Asian Pacific American Bar Association,
Washington DC

"International IP Strategy", November 5, 2012: The Life of a Start-Up: From Initial Financing to IPO/Exit, International Bar Association

"Making Partner at Big Law Firms for Diverse Attorneys", October 26, 2012: Barristers Club 2012 Annual Meeting

"How to Effectively Prosecute AIA Post-Grant Proceedings, The New Framework for Resolving Patent Disputes Within the PTO", October 3, 2012: Practicing Law Institute,
San Francisco

"Pathways to Leadership for Asian American and Women Attorneys", September 14, 2012: Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley

"FRANDly Licensing", April 2012: Association of Corporate Counsel, Palo Alto and San Francisco

"Reexaming Reexamination: Past, Present, and Future", December 8, 2011: 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

"The Changing Face of Patent Trolls", 13 June 2012 and Taipei, Taiwan, 15 June 2012: 2012 Symposium on International Legal Strategies for Taiwan Technology Companies: A Focus on Intellectual Property and Antitrust Issues, Hsinchu, Taiwan, (co-author, with Kao-Yu Hsu)

"FRANDly Licensing", April 2012: Association of Corporate Counsel,
Palo Alto and San Francisco

"Reexaming Reexamination: Past, Present, and Future", December 8, 2011: 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

Awards & Recognition

Leading Practitioner, IAM Patent 1000, 2015

Minority Powerbroker, IPLAW 360, 2014

IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, 2013-2014

Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer, National Asian Pacific Bar Association, 2010