Name: Shannon Vale
Law firm: Pirkey Barber
B. Walker, Jr., Head of IP Disputes, United States | Norton Rose Fulbright
Shannon Vale is senior counsel at Pirkey Barber
with more than 30 years of experience in
copyright and trademark matters. He advises clients on trademark
protection, enforcement strategies, portfolio management and
opposition and cancellation proceedings, as well as the acquiring,
protecting, licensing and enforcing of copyrights.
Charles B. Walker, Jr.
Name: Charles Walker
Head of IP Disputes, United States
Law firm: Norton Rose Fulbright
Position: Head of IP disputes
Charles Walker is head of intellectual property
disputes at Norton Rose Fulbright and has
experience in all areas of IP. His notable cases include working as
a lead counsel in a case which involved enforcing patents for an
offshore drilling technology. He also won a $3.6 million jury verdict for
a luxury fashion designer in a case about enforcing its trademarks.
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Name: Jeffrey Whittle
Law firm: Womble Bond Dickinson
Jeffrey Whittle is managing partner at Womble,
Bond, Dickinson and has extensive experience
in complex technology-based transactions, intellectual property
strategy development, due diligence, patent opinions, patent
protection, portfolio analysis, contentious and counselling matters
and inter partes re-examination proceedings.
Dispute resolution and litigation
Key industry sectors
Technology and innovation
Charles Walker is Head of IP Disputes, United States.
Charles tries and wins IP cases. As lead counsel, he won jury verdicts of $5.1 million and $15
million for his client enforcing patents for an offshore drilling technology. He won a $3.6 million
jury verdict for a luxury fashion designer enforcing its trademarks. He won hard-fought victories
both enforcing and defending against claims involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade
secrets, false advertising, and unfair competition with demands from $1 million to $1 billion.
Name: Rick Nydeggar
Law firm: Workman Nydegger
Position: Founding shareholder
Rick Nydegger is a founding shareholder at
Workman Nydegger and has experience in
patent litigation, preparation and drafting of opinions, licensing
transactions, and conducting due diligence for intellectual
property portfolios. His clientele have included electronic,
software, information science, e-commerce and medical device
technology industries. Nydegger has worked closely with the
US Patent and Trademark Office in the development of important
Name: MaryAnne Armstrong
Law firm: Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch
MaryAnne Armstrong is a partner at Birch
Stewart Kolasch Birch and focuses her practice
on prosecuting patent applications and post-grant practice in the
fields of pharmaceutical chemistry, organic chemistry, medical
devices, biotechnology, and plants. She is also experienced in
pharma and biopharma-related procedures such as requests for
patent term extension. She has written for World IP Review and
our sister publication Life Sciences IP Review.
Name: Robert Kenney
Law firm: Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch
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Robert Kenney has more than 30 years’
experience as an intellectual property lawyer
and tends to focus his practice on patent, trademark and
copyright litigation. During his career he has represented clients
in US district courts and appeals courts, the International Trade
Commission, and the US Patent and Trademark Office. His practice
also covers prosecution, portfolio management, client counselling,
anti-counterfeiting and inter partes review matters.
Name: Kandis M. Koustenis
Law firm: Protorae Law
Kandis M. Koustenis is a member of Protorae
Law’s intellectual property and technology
law and business litigation practices. Over her more than 20
years of experience in AmLaw 100 law firms, elite IP boutiques,
and corporate legal teams, She has worked on all aspects of IP
protection, monetisation, and enforcement, including a copyright
case-of-first-impression before the Second Circuit.
Name: Charles Lipsey
Law firm: Finnegan Henderson
Farabow Garrett & Dunner
Charles Lipsey has handled cases covering
a diverse spectrum of mechanical, chemical, and electrical
technologies, with an emphasis on cases involving biotechnology
and pharmaceutical chemistry. Since joining Finnegan in 1978,
Lipsey has amassed a wealth of experience in patent infringement
litigation, patent arbitration proceedings and patent interferences.
He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
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