Name: Samuel Baxter
Law firm: McKool Smith
A principal at McKool Smith, Samuel Baxter is
a former Texas state district judge and district
attorney for Harrison County at the US District Court for the
Eastern District of Texas, an important venue in IP litigation.
Baxter’s trial wins include verdicts for the following clients: Red
Lion ($131 million); Joshua Harman ($525 million); Versata ($345
million); Medtronic ($250 million); and Pioneer ($59 million).
Name: Jeffrey Becker
Law firm: Haynes and Boone
Jeff Becker is a partner at Haynes and Boone and
focuses his practice on all aspects of trademark
law, including enforcement and registration. He frequently
litigates oppositions and cancellations at the Trademark Trial and
Appeal Board and serves as lead counsel for several large brand
owners including AT&T and Halliburton. Becker is an active
member of INTA, which awarded him a volunteer service award
for the advancement of committee objectives for his work in
developing programming for trademark law adjunct professors.
Name: James Bradley
Law firm: Bracewell
Position: Of counsel
James Bradley is of counsel at Bracewell and
has more than 40 years’ experience as an IP
lawyer. He tends to focus his practice on patent litigation and
has often represented clients in the semiconductor, fibreoptic,
telecommunications, computer and mobile phone industries.
Bradley has acted as lead counsel in high-tech cases in district
courts in Texas, Delaware, California, Illinois, Massachusetts and
Colorado, as well as at the International Trade Commission in
Name: Douglas Cawley
Law firm: McKool Smith
Douglas Cawley has more than 40 years of
experience handling all areas of IP litigation in
the US and across the globe. Since 2006, he has amassed more
than $1 billion in patent infringement verdicts. These victories
include a $173 million verdict on behalf of ParkerVision against
Qualcomm; a $368 million verdict on behalf of VirnetX against
Apple; a $106 million verdict for VirnetX against Microsoft; a $200
million verdict for i4i against Microsoft; and a $156 million verdict
for TGIP against AT&T.
Name: Elisabeth Evert
Law firm: Hitchcock Evert
Position: Founding partner
Elisabeth Evert is a founding partner at Hitchcock Evert, and
operates a broad practice covering a range of IP services. She has
particular experience as a patent attorney, having represented
clients in industries including petrochemicals, consumer
electronics, and medical devices. She has previously served as
chair of the IP section of the Dallas Bar Association.
Name: John Flaim
Law firm: Baker McKenzie
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John Flaim is a partner at Baker McKenzie, and
immediate past chair of the firm’s global IP
practice group, a position he held from 2010 to 2018. His practice
encompasses all areas of IP, with a focus on IP litigation and
counselling matters concerning electrical and computer related
technologies. Flaim is also experienced in licensing, acquisition,
and development transactions and agreements involving various
technologies. In addition, he advises clients on copyright, patent
and trademark matters, including portfolio management and
protection of patent and trademark assets.
Name: Hilda Galvan
Law firm: Jones Day
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Hilda Galvan focuses her practice on patent,
copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets cases.
Galvan has represented clients primarily in the technologies
industries, such as navigation systems, smart grid technology,
search engines, satellite signal processing and image processing.
Notable cases include JuxtaComm-Texas Software v Axway at
the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. She was
also the lead lawyer representing the defendants SAS Institute
and DataFlux Corp in a multi-defendant patent infringement case
centring on data transformation for databases of different formats.
Name: Richard Groos
Law firm: King & Spalding
Position: Head of technology
Richard Groos is a partner at King & Spalding
and works in the firm’s Austin office. His practice focuses on
both consultation and litigation, domain name registration and
internet enforcement, licensing, anti-counterfeiting programmes
and trade mark prosecution practice. He is a member of INTA,
Marques, AIPLA, LES, the American Bar Association, the Federal
Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas.
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