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High-Tech Law & Litigation Blog

The High-Tech Law and Litigation Blog offers regularly updated news and insights about legal developments affecting the world of technology. Unlike other narrowly-focused “tech” blogs, we offer many different angles on this topic, and include analysis involving intellectual property, antitrust, contracts, cybersecurity and data protection, life sciences, digital media, and commercial speech.  We strive and hope to provide a fairly comprehensive view of the most important developments and trends facing the makers – and consumers – of technology. Although we practice in different areas, we are united by our frequent client focus on, and our own personal interests in, technology.

Our blog includes not only summaries of court decisions and regulatory developments, but also informed opinions and predictions about where the law governing technology is heading. We rely on public sources, but with a relentless focus on the practical, real-world implications of sometimes seemingly distant and disparate events. Please check back with us frequently for updates, commentary, and analysis.

Jason A. Levine

Jason A. Levine Partner

Jason is a partner in V&E’s commercial and business litigation practice, and the High-Tech Law and Litigation Blog was his brainchild. He focuses on high-stakes business disputes, including antitrust class action defense and money suits against the government, often representing technology companies or in cases involving technological issues. With over 20 years of experience, Jason has tried 10 complex cases to judges and juries, argued many dispositive motions and appeals, handled all phases of trial and appellate litigation in hundreds of cases, and loves being in the courtroom. A dedicated first-chair lawyer, he has now also discovered the joy of legal blogging, and looks forward to sharing his insights about important legal developments affecting the technology industry.

Jennifer C. Chen

Jennifer C. Chen Partner

Jennifer is a partner in V&E’s intellectual property practice. She represents and counsels clients in leveraging technology assets, including patents and product research and development, to achieve solutions such as negotiated solutions in the form of technology and patent license agreements, and litigated outcomes. Over 15 years, her cross-border, multi-cultural experience involves international technology companies based in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China, Europe, and the United States. A registered patent attorney, Jennifer has served as counsel for major international technology companies, including five years at Hitachi, Ltd., resident in its Tokyo headquarters. Before practicing law, Jennifer advised companies, including IBM, as an information and software technology consultant. She welcomes this opportunity to continue to explore and share and exchange thoughts on law and technology.

Devika Kornbacher

Devika Kornbacher Partner

Devika is a partner in V&E’s intellectual property practice and the head of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Taskforce. She has spent the last 10 years assisting clients in a variety of fields by counseling clients on intellectual property and technology law matters in the context of mergers, acquisitions, investments, project development and day-to-day business transactions. Devika enjoys writing articles and presenting on topics such as “Protecting Data in Unlikely Places,” “Do’s and Don’ts of Open Source Software,” and “The Rise of Technology, Big Data and the Internet of Things.” She looks forward to sharing insights from her technology law practice and exploring the ever-evolving legal landscape around cybersecurity and data privacy in the U.S. and abroad.

Danny Tobey

Danny Tobey Partner

Danny is a medical doctor and litigation partner at V&E. Drawing on his medical background, Danny built the successful non-obviousness case in the first Hatch-Waxman litigation in the E.D. of Texas and represents hospitals and life science companies in all manner of disputes. Danny’s writing has appeared in Health Law Litigation and the Yale Journal of Law & Technology. His clinical research was presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the Annual Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.

William R. Vigdor

William R. Vigdor Partner

Billy has been practicing antitrust law for more than 25 years and has been in practice at V&E since 2003. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Assistant Director in the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). While Billy has been involved in a number of high-tech antitrust matters both before the FTC and federal courts, this blog provides an opportunity to provide insights and commentary on antitrust developments, particularly agency developments, outside of the formal agency and court processes. Billy hopes to use this blog to not only report on antitrust developments but to exchange ideas with the community at large.

Marc A. Fuller

Marc A. Fuller Counsel

Marc is counsel in V&E’s Dallas office, where he represents media and technology companies in privacy, misappropriation, commercial speech, and First Amendment matters. He has litigated consumer class actions and privacy claims across the country and advises companies on their use of social media, content marketing, and advertising.

John Andren

John Andren Associate

John works in V&E’s antitrust practice group, whose work includes assisting clients with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act pre-merger notification process and private antitrust actions in federal court. He also has experience helping several high-tech clients request deal approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”). John is a life-long tech enthusiast and (questionably) accepts “nerd” as a term of endearment.

Thomas W. Bohnett

Thomas W. Bohnett Associate

After clerking on the United States Court of Federal Claims for Judge Francis M. Allegra, Thomas joined V&E with a principal area of practice in complex commercial litigation. Thomas’s practice focuses on defending companies in antitrust class action litigation following up on government investigations. Thomas looks forward to sharing insights about the intersection of antitrust and consumer electronics from his practice.

Megan Coker

Megan Coker Associate

Megan is an associate in V&E’s Dallas office, where she practices complex commercial and appellate litigation. She is a member of the firm’s media law practice and has represented media companies before trial and appellate courts in cases involving shield laws, anti-SLAPP statutes, First Amendment matters, and related claims. Megan has also represented media companies as amici curiae in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Caroline Colpoys

Caroline Colpoys

Caroline works in V&E’s government contracts and export controls group. Caroline’s current practice focuses on representing federal government contractors in bid protest litigation, contract dispute matters, and other matters related to government contracting. As cybersecurity is an ever-growing concern for both the federal government and government contractors, Caroline looks forward to helping others stay informed of relevant cybersecurity matters.

Trey Hebert

Trey Hebert Associate

Trey is new to blogging, but not new to telling people about fascinating biotech news (at least to him). Trey is an associate in the Austin office of V&E, where his practice primarily focuses on patent litigation and on transactional work related for biotech companies. He has worked on multiple matters representing pharmaceutical and biotech companies and has also been involved in patent and trade secret litigation in other industries. Trey has handled cases in both federal and appellate courts, and he looks forward to sharing his thoughts on various biotech topics through the blog.

Keeney, Jeremy C.

Jeremy C. Keeney Associate

Prior to joining V&E, Jeremy clerked for the Senior Judges of the D.C. Court of Appeals. His principal areas of practice at V&E are complex commercial litigation and investigations, with a focus on antitrust, anti-money laundering, and FCPA compliance matters. When he is not blogging for his very important personal travel blog, he enjoys writing for blogs that people actually read.

Howard Lithaw Lim Associate

As an engineer, Howard spent years in the high-tech sector helping to develop new gadgets and gizmos before deciding to dive-off the deep end to become an IP lawyer.  Howard’s practice now focuses on patent litigation, patent preparation and prosecution, trademarks, trade secrets litigation, and other IP and technology matters. In law school, he also served as judicial intern for the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Howard, fluent in Mandarin and Japanese, is deeply connected and constantly curious as to tech development in Asia.

Kimberly R. McCoy

Kimberly R. McCoy Senior Associate

Kim is a senior associate in V&E’s Dallas office, where part of her practice is focused on representing major media companies. She enjoys getting to learn about her media clients’ ever-changing business operations (and trying to keep up with all those changes) in order to represent them in privacy, defamation, misappropriation and related causes of action.

Elizabeth Krabill McIntyre

Elizabeth Krabill McIntyre Senior Associate

Elizabeth is a senior associate in the Washington office, where she practices in the government contracts, export controls, and economic sanctions group.  Her practice covers all areas of federal contracting, including counseling, protests, claims and disputes, and subcontracting issues.  Elizabeth looks forward to updating clients and colleagues about cybersecurity developments affecting federal contractors and other companies.

David C. Smith

David C. Smith Senior Associate

David is a senior associate in V&E’s Washington, D.C. office, where he practices all aspects of antitrust law, including litigating cases at the intersection of antitrust and patent law. He has experience with technology and media industries in both litigation and non-litigation contexts and looks forward to participating in the blog’s discussions of these topics.

Janice Ta

Janice Ta Senior Associate

Janice’s principal area of practice is intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent and trade secret litigation. She has broad experience litigating disputes concerning a wide range of technologies, from semiconductors to the life sciences, and across many different forums, including the Patent & Trademark Office, district courts, the Federal Circuit, and in arbitration. After graduating from Yale Law School in 2010, Janice served as a law clerk to Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to law school, Janice was a user experience designer at a social networking company based in Silicon Valley.

Margaret D. Terwey

Margaret Dunlay Terwey Associate

Margaret is an associate in V&E’s complex commercial litigation group. She is a member of the firm’s media law practice and has represented media companies in cases involving defamation and related claims. Before joining the firm, Margaret clerked for Judge David C. Godbey (Northern District of Texas, 2013-2014) and Judge Catharina Haynes (Fifth Circuit, 2014-2015).

Ryan B. Will

Ryan Will Associate

Ryan is an associate at V&E whose practice focuses on criminal and civil antitrust matters and government investigations. He particularly enjoys splitting his time between litigation and transactional matters within the antitrust realm, which provides him with a broad cross-section of experience and a variety of work. Ryan looks forward to contributing to the High-Tech Law and Litigation Blog as a way to keep clients and colleagues informed on the latest developments in antitrust law.

Siho (Scott) Yoo

Siho (Scott) Yoo Senior Associate

Scott’s practice encompasses patent litigation, patent preparation and prosecution, trademarks, and other IP and technology matters. He litigates complex patent cases related to automobile, mobile computing, telecommunications, Internet, electric motors, recommendation systems, and software-based technologies. He also provides counselling to clients on issues such as patentability search, non-infringement, and patent validity.

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