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IP Vanguard Awards

2019 IP Vanguard Award Nomination Forms due by Friday, June 14, 2019.  Email completed forms to John Buelter at John.Buelter@CALAwyers.org.

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Award Criteria

Achievements are honored in the following categories:

  • In-House Counsel
  • Private Practice
  • Academic / Public Policy
  • Judicial

In-House Counsel

Presented to an outstanding lawyer working in-house for a company or organization and who works substantially in the field of intellectual property law. Criteria to be considered include whether the in-house lawyer has:

  • made significant contributions to, or produced significant impact on, IP law
  • achieved noteworthy success for the lawyer’s company on IP matters
  • demonstrated leadership in the IP bar, the legal profession, and/or the California community

While achievements over a lawyer’s career will be considered, special consideration shall be given to accomplishments in the 2-3 years preceding the award.To be eligible, the recipient must be a member in good standing of the State Bar or be a Registered In-House Counsel in good standing with the State Bar.

Private Practice

Presented to an outstanding lawyer working in private practice, and who works substantially in the field of intellectual property law. Criteria to be considered include whether the private practice lawyer has:

  • made significant contributions to, or produced significant impact on, IP law
  • achieved noteworthy success for the lawyer’s clients on IP matters
  • demonstrated outstanding client service
  • demonstrated leadership in the IP bar, the legal profession, and/or the California community

While achievements over a lawyer’s career will be considered, special consideration shall be given to accomplishments in the 2-3 years preceding the award. To be eligible, the recipient must be a member in good standing of the State Bar.

Academic or Public Policy

Presented to an outstanding law professor, instructor, or academic professional who teaches, lectures and/or writes substantially in the fieldof intellectual property law or to a professional working at a legal or public policy organization who is substantially involved in providing education on topics involving or affecting intellectual property law. Criteria to be consideredinclude whether the individual has:

  • made significant contributions to, or produced significant impact on, IP law through teaching,
  • published writings and/or research.
  • in the case of teaching professionals, demonstrated outstanding teaching ability.
  • demonstrated leadership in the IP bar, the legal profession, and/or the California community

While achievements over a lawyer’s career will be considered, special consideration shall be given to accomplishments in the 2-3 years preceding the award.To be eligible, the recipient need not be a member in good standing of the State Bar but should work substantially in California.

Judiciary

Presented to an outstanding judge or judicial officer who has rendered decisions that affect IP law as practiced in California, even if the individual is not a member of the California bar, and do not work in a court in the State of California. Criteria to be considered include whether the judicial officer has:

  • made significant contributions to, or produced significant impact on, intellectual property law through cases over which the individual has presided
  • made significant contributions to the body of IP law through written case decisions
  • demonstrated leadership in the IP bar, the legal profession, and/or the California community

While achievements over an individual’s career will be considered, special consideration shall be given to case decisions and other accomplishments in the 2-3 years preceding the award.

 

2018 IP Vanguard Awards Honorees

Academic

Peter Menell

 

Koret Professor of Law, Berkeley Law, University of California

Private Practice

Kelly Klaus

 

Litigation Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson

Judiciary

Pauline Newman

 

United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

In-House Counsel

Mallun Yen

 

Co-founder & COO, SaaStr

2017 IP Vanguard Awards Honorees

Academic

Colleen V. Chien 

Santa Clara University School of Law

Private Practice

Carole Handler

Cowan DeBaets Abrahams
& Sheppard LLP

Judiciary

Honorable Gerard F. Rogers 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

 

2016 IP Vanguard Awards Honorees

Academic

Kevin J. Greene

Professor of Law
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

In-House Counsel

Fred von Lohmann

Legal Director, Copyright
Google, Inc.

Judiciary

Honorable Ronald M. Whyte

United States District Court
Northern District of California

Private Practice

Heather J. Meeker

Technology Transactions Partner
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

2015 IP Vanguard Award Honorees

In-House Counsel

Mei-lan Stark
Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property
Fox Entertainment Group, USA

Private Practice

Jonathan Pink
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

Judiciary

Honorable M. Margaret McKeown 
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Academic or Public Policy

Dan L. Burk 
Chancellor’s Professor of Law
University of California , Irvine School of Law

2014 IP Vanguard Award Honorees

In-House Counsel

Dean S. Marks

Senior Vice President
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Private Practice

Andrew P. Bridges
Partner
Fenwick & West LLP

Judiciary

Honorable Paul S. Grewal

United States Magistrate Judge
for the Northern District of California

Academic or Public Policy

Diane Peters
General Counsel
Creative Commons

2013 IP Vanguard Award Honoree

In-House

Lee Cheng

Chief Legal Officer
Newegg

Private Practice/Outside Counsel

I. Neel Chatterjee

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Judicial

Honorable Lucy Koh

United States District Court
Northern District of California

Academic

Neil W. Netanel

Professor
UCLA School of Law

2012 IP Vanguard Awards Honorees

In-House Counsel

Alexander Macgillivray

 

General Counsel, Twitter

Private Practice

Kate H. Murashige

 

Morrison Foerster

Judiciary

Honorable William Alsup

 

United States District Court
Northern District of California

Academic or Public Policy

Pamela Samuelson

 

Faculty Director
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

2011 IP Vanguard Award Honorees

In-House Counsel

Jay Monahan

 

Deputy General Counsel,
Zynga Inc.

Private Practice

Adrian Pruetz
Pruetz Law Group

 

Judiciary

Hon. Alex Kozinzki

 

Chief Judge, U.S. Court of
Appeals, Ninth Circuit

 

Academic or Public Policy

Eric Goldman

 

Associate Professor of Law,
Director of the High Tech
Law Institute,
Santa Clara University School of Law

 

2010 IP Vanguard Award Honorees

In-House Counsel

Brett Alten 
Director of Patent Development
Apple, Inc.

Private Practice

Ian C. Ballon
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Judiciary

Hon. Jeremy D. Fogel
U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of
California

Academic or Public Policy

Cindy Cohn
Legal Director
Electronic Frontier
Foundation

2009 IP Vanguard Awards Honorees – Inaugural Year

In-House Counsel

Gregory P. Goeckner
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

Private Practice

Jane Shay Wald
Partner and Chair of Trademark Practice Group
Irell & Manella LLP

Judiciary

Hon. A. Howard Matz 
Judge of the United States District Court
Central District of California

Academic or Public Policy

Mark A. Lemley
William H. Neukom Professor of Law
Stanford Law School;
Director, Stanford Program in Law,
Science and Technology

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