Bijal Vakil

Partner, Silicon Valley


A coach for and adviser to many leading Silicon Valley technology companies, Bijal Vakil is “outstanding at shaping IP portfolios and defense strategies against NPEs and competitors”. “He is attuned to business thinking in a way that few outside counsel are.”
IAM 300 2019


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, payments, autonomous vehicles, 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. Current clients include Daimler, GlobalFoundries, Google, Intuit, LG Electronics, MSI Computer, NETGEAR, Palantir Technologies, Square, Walmart, Zynga, and other leaders in technology. He has worked on nearly 200 patent cases in court (including at the ITC).

Bijal is ranked in Chambers USA, IAM Patent 1000 – World's Leading Patent Professionals and IAM 300 Global - World's Leading IP Strategists. Chambers USA calls him a "litigator who is 'well versed in both legal and business matters' and is lauded for his strategic guidance and skill in negotiation. He handles contentious hi-tech patent matters including infringement claims made by nonpracticing entities." IAM Patent 1000 calls him a "trial lawyer who also understands the finer points of international patent strategy."

Bijal served as the Executive Partner of the Firm's Silicon Valley office from 2010 - 2019 and is the founder of the Firm's Taiwan Practice. He is an active member of the Firm's Global Technology Industry group and is Chair of the Firm's US Diversity Committee.

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 also frequently teaches a Patent/Intellectual Property course at the University of California Davis (UCD) Law School.

Bijal is often sought out by the media and industry conferences to speak on various hot issues affecting the industry. He is regularly asked to speak about the future intersection of hardware and software in the self-driving car space. Most recently, Bijal presented, "Autonomous Car Crashes" at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Meeting and "The German Act on Fully Automated Driving" at the Autonomous Driving Summit USA. In addition, Bijal is a frequent speaker at the Advanced Patent Law Institute, Berkeley-Stanford Patent Law Institute, Association of Corporate Counsel, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

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 District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for the District of New Mexico
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Supreme Court
University of California, Davis School of Law
University of California, Los Angeles


Autonomy, Inc.
Bijal successfully prevailed on a co-inventor claim resulting in favorable 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.

Google, Inc.
Obtained termination of four of five asserted patents before hearing and finding of no violation as to fifth patent in 337 Investigation involving mobile device technology on behalf of Google as Intervenor.

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.

Bijal defends LG in various patent infringement cases throughout the US

Square Inc.
Bijal and team are the lead counsel for Square in their patent litigation matters in the US

Walmart Global eCommerce
Bijal defends Walmart's global eCommerce division in various patent litigation matters throughout the US

Zynga Inc.
Bijal represents Zynga in multiple intellectual property matters

Speaking Engagements

Panel, "An Honest Conversation with Female General Counsels: How They Rose to the Top and Lessons Learned," NAPABA Annual Conference, November 2018

Panel, "Women and Diverse Lawyers and Business Development," Daily Journal Women Leadership in Law Conference, October 2018

Panel, "Litigating Standard-Essential Patents," Stanford Law School, Litigating Patents Effectively, September 2018

"The German Act on Fully Automated Driving," Autonomous Driving Summit USA, May 16, 2018

"Fireside Chat with Michelle Lee (former Undersecretary and Director of United States Patent and Trademark Office)," Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute, December 14, 2017

"Growing with Business and Technology," NAPABA Western Regional Conference, July 22, 2017

"Pleading Standards," Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute, December 8, 2016

"Is District Court Litigation Essentially Over?," Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute, December 11, 2014

"Fireside Chat with Deputy Director of USPTO, Michelle K. Lee," NAPABA Convention, November 8, 2014

"The Rise of the APA Managing Partners: Wisdom and Stories from the Field," NAPABA Convention, November 7, 2014

"A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law," NAPABA Convention, Plenary session speaking engagement with Goodwin Liu (California Supreme Court Justice), Michelle Lee (Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office), Ted Lieu (Congressman) and Jean Lee (CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association), November 4, 2016

"Remedies: Developments in Damages and Injunctive Relief," Berkeley-Stanford 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, 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 of 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 and Taipei, Taiwan, June 2012 (with Kao-Yu Hsu)

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


"The German Act on Automated Driving – Approach and Liability Consequences for domestic/foreign Car Manufacturers and Suppliers," CTI Mag Issue 10, Pages 60-62, 2018 (co-author with Christian M. Theissen)

"The self-driving car – a new legal frontier?," Business Law Magazine Issue 4, Pages 12-14, 2015 (co-author with Markus Hauptmann)

Awards and Recognition

IAM Patent 1000, 2019

IAM Strategy 300, 2019

Leading Lawyer (Band 4) Chambers USA 2017

Intellectual Property: Patent – California

Bronze, IAM Patent 1000, 2015-2018

Minority Powerbroker, IPLAW 360, 2014

IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property, 2013-2014

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

40 Under 40, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2006