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Non-Practicing Entity Patent Litigation 2013: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives

Speaker(s): Ahmed J. Davis, Amy G. O'Toole, Anthony E. Dowell, Cynthia Bright, Laura A. Sheridan, Peter Kirk, R. David Donoghue, Sean Patrick Butler, Sonal N. Mehta, Stefani E. Shanberg, Steven E. Jedlinski
Recorded on: Dec. 12, 2013
PLI Program #: 49136

Ahmed J. Davis is a Principal in the Washington, DC, office of Fish & Richardson, a member of the Firm’s Compensation Committee, and National Chair of the Fish & Richardson Diversity Initiative. His practice focuses on complex patent litigation in a range of technical areas, including chemistry, biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical and electrical engineering. A trial attorney experienced in all phases of litigation, Mr. Davis has been lead counsel in the International Trade Commission and federal district court, has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has litigated cases before the United States Court of Federal Claims. He has particular expertise and is the Firm’s leading attorney for matters in the "rocket docket" that is the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Davis regularly speaks and lectures on issues relevant to the patent bar. Since 2008, he has been a faculty member at the ALI-ABA Conference "Trial Of A Patent Case" and, since 2010, a faculty member at the annual PLI Conference on Patent Litigation. He has spoken or been a guest lecturer on patent issues at Howard University Law School, Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Temple Law School, and Fordham Law School. He has presented on patent law at numerous Bar conferences; is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Patent Damages and Royalties (WG9) and the Working Group on Patent Litigation Best Practices (WG10).  He is also an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).  Mr. Davis also is committed to giving back to the legal community through the development of young lawyers and by increasing diversity within the profession. He is the former pro bono coordinator for the firm’s DC office, and he regularly speaks to law students about opportunities in patent law and the importance of judicial clerkships.

Mr. Davis has received numerous accolades and awards for his work. He was named an "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property in 2015 and 2016. In addition, in March 2016, he was named to Managing Intellectual Property‘s shortlist for ?"Outstanding IP Litigation – Washington DC" ?at the North America awards. In 2015, Savoy magazine named him a "Most Influential Black Attorney of 2015." He was aslo featured as a Minority Power Broker by Law360, and he was also named one of Profiles in Diversity’s Diversity Leaders for 2015.  In February 2011, the Washington Business Journal named Davis One of the Top Minority Business Leaders of 2011. In October 2010 The Root, an online publication of the Washington Post, identified Davis as part of the next generation of African-American leaders. In June 2010, Mr. Davis was named a "2010 Nation’s Best Advocate: 40 Lawyers under 40," by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. And in July 2009, Mr. Davis was named one of the "40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars" by The National Law Journal.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Davis was a law clerk for the Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema in the Alexandria Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1999-2000). He also was a law clerk for the Honorable Paul R. Michel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2001-2002).

Mr. Davis is on the Board of Directors of D.C. Legendary Musicians, Inc. and on the Board of Directors for the Living Classrooms Foundation in Washington, DC, and is a Deacon at Montgomery Baptist Church in Gaithersburg, MD.

Cynthia Bright
Vice President and Associate General Counsel for IP Litigation and Public Policy
Hewlett-Packard Company

Cynthia Bright is the Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation and Public Policy within the Office of the General Counsel.  She and the IP Litigation team are responsible for managing all IP lawsuits that are filed against HP in the United States, and supporting and reporting on all intellectual property disputes worldwide.

Cynthia joined HP in 2009 as an IP Litigation Manager and served in this role until she was named to lead the IP Litigation team in April 2012.

Before joining HP, Cynthia was the Director of Litigation for Atmel Corporation, a semiconductor company based in San Jose, California.  She joined the company as Senior Litigation Counsel in 2003.  Prior to joining Atmel, Cynthia was in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Cynthia graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center, and received her undergraduate degree in Government from Georgetown University.

Amy G. O'Toole


Amy G. O'Toole concentrates her practice in intellectual property litigation and has extensive trial and appellate experience, including handling appeals before the Federal Circuit and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. O'Toole also has extensive intellectual property licensing experience and regularly provides intellectual property counseling to technology clients regarding patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright issues.

Ms. O'Toole's practice includes:

  • Briefing and participating in Markman hearings, direct and cross examinations of witnesses at trial, arguing motions, taking and defending depositions of witnesses, drafting successful summary judgment motions on validity and infringement issues, and post-trial motions and appellate practice.
  • Extensive experience counseling clients in a wide variety of patent-related matters, including litigation strategy, trial preparation, appellate matters and USPTO reexamination proceedings.
  • Experience in Hatch-Waxman Act issues.
Ms. O'Toole's practice spans diverse technology areas, including chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive technologies, electrical and electronic products, and numerous mechanical and manufacturing technologies. She has vast experience with federal practice and procedure, having participated in all phases of the litigation process from pleadings, to trial and appeal. Among the clients she has represented include CorePharma LLC, Sharper Image Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. and UView Ultraviolet Systems Inc.


Ms. O'Toole served as a judicial extern for Magistrate Judge Ronald Guzman.


  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation
  • Federal Bar Association (Chicago Chapter)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

  • Bar of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1995
B.A., Indiana University, 1990, (chemistry)


Serves as a patent, trademark and trade dress outside counsel for a prominent specialty retailer of electronics, recreation and fitness and travel products and enforcing its intellectual property rights throughout the country. In addition, she routinely counsels the company on related licensing matters.

Serves as lead counsel for a leading manufacturer of automotive products and has prosecuted and defended several patent infringe


IP Litigation

ANTHONY E. DOWELL is of counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation practice groups. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has litigated complex commercial cases throughout the United States. Tony focuses on patent litigation and licensing, but he has also tried to verdict other types of intellectual property and complex commercial litigation cases. In 2002, Tony successfully defended Weyerhaeuser Corporation in a patent licensing dispute where the plaintiff sought $42 million in damages but was awarded nothing. In 2008, Tony won a verdict after trial of $2.4 million for the City of Fayette, Iowa in a commercial lease dispute against Rexam Beverage Can Co. Tony currently represents ArrivalStar, S.A. in the licensing and enforcement of their portfolio of tracking and notification patents, and he has licensed the technology to over 250 companies. Tony has successfully litigated intellectual property disputes in diverse areas, including contact lenses, asphalt plants, sunglasses, papermaking machinery, furniture, home decorations, gaming devices, maps and steam heating systems.

Laura Sheridan is Patent Counsel at Google, where she works on patent policy and manages a team focused on patent strategy. As a registered patent attorney, Laura was previously in private practice, where she specialized in patent prosecution, litigation, IP due diligence, and post-grant practice before the Patent Office. She speaks regularly on patent challenges under the AIA, the patent reform landscape, and defensive strategies against non-practicing entities. Laura studied engineering at Cornell University and received her J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Peter Kirk
Associate General Counsel / Director of Litigation at ABBYY USA Software House, Inc


Milpitas, California (San Francisco Bay Area)


Legal Services



  • Associate General Counsel / Director of Litigation at ABBYY USA Software House, Inc.
  • Intellectual Property Attorney / Of Counsel at Holland & Knight LLP
  • Intellectual Property Attorney / Senior Associate at Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Sr. Associate at Fish & Richardson P.C.
Legal Expertise

I am a seasoned litigator and have managed all or parts of more than 25 patent litigations – all resolved in my clients’ favor. Winning verdicts were awarded on motions, at trial, and on appeal.


  • Helped obtain the first jury verdict of no patent infringement ever awarded to Microsoft. Verdict selected by The National Law Journal as one of the “Top 10 Defense Verdicts” for 2004 (March 2005). (Arendi U.S.A. Inc. v. Microsoft Corp).
  • Successfully defended LG Electronics’ mobile phone handsets against claims covering image compression. Managed all non-infringement, invalidity and unenforceability defenses for six parallel patent litigations worldwide. (U.S. Philips Corp. v. LG Electronics, Inc., et al.).
Technologies litigated: computer software, hardware, and electronics, as well as networks, robotics, power supplies, medical and mechanical devices, control systems and cell phones.

Other issues litigated: contract and licensing disputes, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition, trade dress infringement, false marking, design patents, standards setting organizations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and antitrust violations.

Additional skills: drafting contracts and license agreements, freedom to operate analyses, opinions on infringement, validity and enforceability, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets.


Associate General Counsel / Director of Litigation
ABBYY USA Software House, Inc.

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Computer Software industry
July 2011 – Present (2 years 4 months) Milpitas, California
As ABBYY’s Associate General Counsel and Director of Litigation, I help manage ABBYY’s intellectual property rights, including patent litigations and patent prosecution, as well as governmental affairs.
ABBYY is a leading provider of document conversion, OCR data capture and linguistic software products. ABBYY's recognition technologies help people manage information by delivering powerful software tools to automatically acquire data, as well as to process, store, retrieve and translate valuable information.

Intellectual Property Attorney / Of Counsel
Holland & Knight LLP

Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry
February 2009 – June 2011 (2 years 5 months)

Intellectual Property Attorney / Senior Associate
Fish & Richardson P.C.

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Law Practice industry
2001 – 2009 (8 years)

Sr. Associate
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Law Practice industry
2001 – 2009 (8 years)

Fish & Richardson P.C.

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Law Practice industry
2001 – 2009 (8 years)

Northeast OEM (VAR) Manager
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; DHR; Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing industry
June 1992 – August 1997 (5 years 3 months)
At Tektronix' color printer division (later acquired by Xerox), I developed OEM / Value Added Reseller sales channels and helped coordinate sales and marketing activities in the Northeastern U.S. I established Tektronix' first OEM color printer reseller (Digital Equipment Corporation), and specialized in color proofing technologies for the pre-press industry.

Northeast Regional Sales manager
Sharp Electronics
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Consumer Electronics industry
July 1989 – May 1992 (2 years 11 months)
At Sharp Electronics, I developed and managed the Northeastern U.S. dealer network for resale of computer, printer, and commercial color scanner technologies.

Eastern U.S. Sales Manager
Cricket Software
June 1988 – July 1989 (1 year 2 months)
I helped establish Cricket Software's Eastern U.S. reseller channel for graphics software applications. In its heyday, Cricked owned 95% of the market for postscript drawing / graphics software applications with a package called Cricket Draw. They also had presentation, paint, and graphing applications.
Cricket was acquired in July 1989 by Computer Associates.


Boston College Law School, JD (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif),
1997 – 2000

Bates College, B.A., Psychology,
1981 – 1985


R. David Donoghue is a trial attorney and the deputy practice group leader of Holland & Knight's Intellectual Property Team, focusing his almost 15 years of experience upon intellectual property litigation and particularly upon patent disputes. Mr. Donoghue's most recent trial experience includes a jury verdict including a finding of willfulness, a full trebling of damages and a full award of attorney's fees in the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Donoghue has also been chosen as lead trial counsel in RPXIS's insurance program defending companies against non-practicing entities. And he is Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated.

In addition to his focus defending retailers and their supply chains against non-practicing entities, Mr. Donoghue's practice spans diverse technology areas, including internet technologies, cellular telephony, computer software, WiFi, pharmaceuticals, automotive technologies, electrical technologies, television production equipment, nutritional supplements and numerous medical devices.

Mr. Donoghue was previously with Delphi Technologies, the world's largest automotive supplier, where he was a founding member of Delphi's Technology Licensing and Litigation Group and handled substantial international intellectual property litigation and licensing matters.

Mr. Donoghue has served as an adjunct professor at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, teaching legal research and writing and intellectual property courses. At the beginning of his legal career, Mr. Donoghue served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gordon J. Quist, federal district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Mr. Donoghue earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He earned his B.S.E., Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

Honors & Awards

  • Chicago's Rising Stars: 40 Under 40, The National Law Journal, 2013
  • IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, 2013 - Patent Contentious, Trademark Contentious, and Licensing
  • Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2013
  • Current Developments Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
  • Chicago Bar Association Herman Kogan Media Award
  • Chicago Business Lawyer magazine 2010 40 and Under 40, 2010

Sean Patrick Butler
Senior Corporate Counsel
Cisco’s Cloud Networking Group

Sean gets a little thrill out of referring to himself as a “reluctant lawyer.” Since leaving the large law firm practice two years ago he has been enjoying himself immensely no longer having to be the subject matter expert and instead using the skills he developed as a corporate and securities attorney in Silicon Valley to be a part of in-house teams facilitating the rapid growth of fast-paced startup companies.

In June of 2012, Sean joined Meraki, Inc., a cloud-managed networking company and former client based in San Francisco as their first in-house attorney. Four months later Meraki signed a term sheet to be acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc. for $1.2 billion, and Sean helped lead the team that completed the acquisition in just over nine weeks from term sheet to closing.

Since then, Sean has been assisting with the integration of Meraki as the new Cloud Networking Group within Cisco’s larger Enterprise business. He continues to provide front-line counsel to the former Meraki team as they work to rapidly scale Meraki’s revenue by leveraging the new Cisco platform.

Prior to joining Meraki, Sean started his own practice, acting as a contract general counsel for startups and entrepreneurs - a move that was simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. Nothing says “motivation,” he discovered, like transferring the last bit of one’s savings to one’s checking account, unsure where next month’s expenses would come from - all with two small children to support. It was during this time that Sean began to broaden his skillset beyond the scope of his corporate and securities practice prior to that time.

Sean started his career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C., in 2005 after graduating from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Sean spent two years in the Palo Alto office, and three years in the firm’s Seattle office, doing his tour of duty through the public company and Mergers & Acquisitions practices, but focusing primarily on the day-to-day representation of startups and emerging growth companies.

Sean lives in Sebastopol, California with his wife and two children. When he is not wearing his lawyer hat he spends as much time as possible with his family in the outdoors, reclaiming some of the years he has spent in front of a computer under fluorescent lights. Despite his best efforts to be professional over the years, he still finds it difficult to take himself too seriously.

Sonal Mehta is a partner in the Litigation Department in Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ Silicon Valley office. Ms. Mehta’s practice focuses on patent litigation involving a wide range of technologies, from networking and telecommunications to user input and user interface hardware and software to video game systems.

After beginning her practice at Weil in 2002, Ms. Mehta left to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul R. Michel of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Mehta returned to Weil in 2004 and has been with the firm since.

Ms. Mehta obtained a J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 2002. At Boalt, Ms. Mehta served as Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and received a Certificate in Law & Technology. Ms. Mehta was also a national finalist in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition in patent litigation. She received a BA with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998 and graduated from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in 1997.

Ms. Mehta’s public service commitments include teaching Patent Litigation at her alma mater UC Berkeley School of Law, and presenting programs on patent litigation at Federal Judicial Center workshops for federal district and magistrate judges. Ms. Mehta also serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and as Co Chair of the organization's Conference and Educational Programs Committee.

Ms. Mehta was named one of 50 “Fast Track” lawyers in California for 2012 by The Recorder. The award recognizes California attorneys whose early accomplishments indicate they are the top lawyers and leaders of the future. She was also named one of the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for 2012. She was the only lawyer in private practice to be included in the list, and she shares the honor with CEOs, executives and founders of tech companies. Ms. Mehta was also recognized for patent litigation in California by IAM Patent 1000 2013.

Bar Admissions

US Court of Appeals 9th Cir.; California State; Eastern District Texas; US Ct App Federal Circuit; Northern District California; Central District of California


Berkeley Boalt Law University of California (J.D., 2002)
Berkeley University of California (B.A., 1998)


Stefani Shanberg is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she specializes in patent litigation with a particular emphasis on investigations before the International Trade Commission. While Stefani has extensive experience in all areas of intellectual property litigation, she focuses on defending technology companies ranging from venture-backed startups to Fortune 100 public companies against claims of patent infringement from competitors and non-practicing entities.

Stefani’s recent engagements have related to diverse technologies including network security, Internet advertising, wireless communications, and other Internet, hardware, and software products. In the past year, Stefani won summary judgment of noninfringement, defeated summary judgment of invalidity, won favorable claim constructions, won three motions to stay pending reexamination of asserted patents, won a motion to dismiss, and defeated a motion to dismiss.

Stefani was recently selected by the Daily Journal as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” attorneys in California, and as one of the “Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators in California.” She is also a current Executive Committee member of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association.

Registered Patent Attorney


Intellectual Property | Patent Protection and Prosecution | Copyright | Licensing | Patent Litigation | Trademark | Non-Competes, Trade Secrets and Defecting Employees | Technology

Steven E. Jedlinski is a registered patent attorney with a background in biomedical engineering. Mr. Jedlinski concentrates his practice in patent and trademark litigation, prosecution, counseling, due diligence and opinion work. His experience spans a diverse set of technologies, including work in the fields of computer systems and software, WiFi, telecommunications systems, mechanical devices, electrical controls, medical devices and pharmaceuticals/supplements.

Mr. Jedlinski's litigation experience includes work both supporting and in defense of charges of patent infringement. He is experienced in numerous facets of intellectual property litigation, including discovery practice, motion practice, technology tutorials, claim construction proceedings and mediations. He has been an integral part of team developing strategies in patent infringement cases before federal district courts across the country, including the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Texas, the Central District of California and the District of New Jersey. Notably, Mr. Jedlinski has been chosen as panel counsel in RPXIS's insurance program against non-practicing entities.

As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Jedlinski also counsels clients of all sizes regarding all aspects of prosecution and portfolio management and provides strategies for specific applications, families and entire portfolios. He has prepared patentability, validity, infringement, enforceability, and clearance analyses and opinions. His experience before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office also includes strategic reexamination matters. Additionally, Mr. Jedlinski has drafted and negotiated a variety of agreements, including licensing, manufacturing, supply and nondisclosure.


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
  • Northwestern University, B.S., Biomedical Engineering

  • Northwestern University Department of Biomedical Engineering, Advisory Board

Speaking Engagements

  • Leveraging the AIA's Joinder Provision, Recent Decisions, and New Court Procedures in Defending Infringement Disputes, NPEs in Patent Litigation: Latest Developments, January 9, 2013