Patent Wars and Antitrust Counterattacks: Managing Two Worlds When They Collide – Co-Sponsored with ACC Bay Area Chapter

Sheraton Hotel, Palo Alto, CA

Ropes & Gray partners Mark Popofsky and Jim Batchelder will be among the panelists at this event at which a hypothetical patent/antitrust dispute will be presented and the strategic, legal, and managerial issues such litigations present, including among other things the strategic role of antitrust and related claims in patent litigation, bifurcation, case management, and discovery will be explored.

Please register as our guest by following this link and registering as a non-member with the following code: ACCRGY11

CLE credit: 1.0 hour general


Mark S. Popofsky – Partner & Co-Chair, Antitrust Practice - Ropes & Gray
Mark S. Popofsky, co-chair of the firm’s Antitrust practice, litigates antitrust, intellectual property, and commercial matters – for both plaintiffs and defendants including before juries – and handles appeals throughout the federal and state courts. He represents parties in antitrust investigations, mergers, and other matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and other federal agencies. In the late 1990s Mark served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, where he played a key role in United States v. Microsoft Corp., the Department’s landmark monopolization suit. Prior to being named Senior Counsel, Mark served in the Antitrust Division’s Appellate Section and served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia (the “Rocket Docket”). As an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Mark has taught the Advanced Antitrust Law and Economics Seminar since 2000. He is a frequent speaker and author on competition-related issues and is a member of the ABA’s Antitrust Section’s Leadership Council and past chair of its Intellectual Property and Section 2 Committees. Mark received his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and his Artium Baccalaureatus, magna cum laude and Highest Honors, in History and Economics, from Brown University.

James R. Batchelder – Partner - Ropes & Gray
Jim Batchelder has over twenty years of experience litigating high-stakes intellectual property cases in Silicon Valley, focusing on patent infringement, antitrust, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of technology licensing agreements. In addition, he has participated in reexamination and interference proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He frequently speaks and publishes on intellectual property issues, and regularly lectures on intellectual property strategy at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Jim received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College.

Sasha G. Rao – Partner - Ropes & Gray
Sasha Rao represents diverse companies with their complex patent litigation problems. Equally adept with trials or claim construction hearings, Sasha has more than 14 years of experience litigating in various courts and tribunals throughout the United States. Her areas of technical proficiency range from electronics and computers to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. She also regularly advises companies on their licensing and patent strategies. Sasha received her Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law, where she was Staff Editor at the Journal of International Law and Politics, and her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Physics from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
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