Senior-Level Counsel with 15+ years Big Law experience in M&A and Intellectual Property at Cooley LLP and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Expert in Antitrust, Contracts, Investigations, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Public Policy. I love to learn and do new things.
Authorized to work in the US for any employer
Chief Technology Officer
March 2009 to Present
I have over 20 years of innovation experience in Silicon Valley, including large Palo Alto law firms and a venture-backed concentrator photovoltaic CPV solar startup.
Currently I am CTO at Intelligent Solar, developing Solar SwapSpot, an off-grid consumer marketplace and social network powered by Solar HCPV.
My mission is to solve the really big customer problems using High Concentrator Photovoltaic Solar Power systems aka "Solar HCPV".
By associating high value consumer use cases with this highest efficiency class of solar power, I created several new working business models which will synthesize cleantech and parallel currency.
Since starting the company in 2009, I have mastered object-oriented methods and tools using OMG Unified Modeling Language UML Software. I have filed multiple patent applications for object-oriented system software class libraries.
Director of Legal Services
April 2007 to December 2008
I joined SolFocus as the sole in-house counsel while the company was being incubated at Palo Alto Research Center PARC with Series A venture capital funding led by New Enterprise Associates, the world's largest VC.
In 2007, we achieved $32M in Series B funding, combined with a simultaneous $31M Series A European Raise, for a total venture capital raise of $63.6M
SolFocus was a pioneer in Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) Solar Power technology using non-imaging optics and glass mirror-based concentrators to focus sunlight equivalent of 500 suns on multi-junction solar PV cells. CPV solar panel arrays are mounted on dual-axis trackers in regions like California with high direct sunlight DNI.
Together with the CFO we completed a strategic cross-border Solar Tracker acquisition to penetrate Europe with next-generation CPV solar solutions.
I oversaw the Intellectual Property area where I was solely responsible for concluding valuable exclusive patent licenses with university and corporate research partners.
May 1995 to January 2004
Achieved partner status by advising top public companies in Silicon Valley as outside counsel.
In all my business dealings I adhered to the highest levels of integrity and ethics.
Cooley is "where innovation meets the law". My Cooley career highlights included:
Litigating Intellectual Property cases and developing proactive licensing agreements to protect software industry clients. Examples: Successfully represented Sun Microsystems in a $1.6B JAVA copyright case against Microsoft Corp.; represented Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in trade secret theft case against competitor Avant!, ultimately resulting in a $265M payment to Cadence.
Playing substantial role in precedent-setting Internet Litigation. Example: Helped obtain injunction to shut down robotic spiders that crawled eBay's site. The judgment, in favor of eBay, subsequently strengthened risk management for all online web sites.
Pioneering the effective use of "innovation markets" in defense of technology monopoly.
Conceiving solutions to problems no one believed could be solved. Example: Created open access and interconnection settlement to resolve antitrust objections to Electronic Design Automation Software acquisitions. Engineered favorable Consent Order for Cadence Design Systems, Inc., which the U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved on 3-to-2 vote.
December 1991 to May 1995
My Antitrust Law practice primarily encompassed defense litigation representing Silicon Valley software companies threatened by Microsoft Corporation. At all times I managed a full case load of complex litigation cases. My special focus was on proactively using discovery, economic and technical experts and industry witnesses. My specialties included obtaining critical customer affidavits to win approval under time pressure for large contested mergers between competing public technology companies.
November 1986 to December 1991
My Securities Law practice was concentrated on advising leading investment banks and LBO funds. I underwent extensive training before I was assigned to a team of corporate lawyers whose emphasis was on preparing SEC documentation for hostile takeovers and cash tender offers, managing leveraged buyouts, and resolving debt-financing issues. I played a very substantial role in the hostile takeover of RJR Nabisco by KKR.
J.D. in Law
A.B. in Public Policy
Northern California "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property
Object-oriented hedge fund for hedging or shorting solar investments (#United States 61/743,823)
This relates to object-oriented software, specifically to a set of object-oriented class libraries and operations. A system of systems is disclosed.
Method and system for using concentrated solar photovoltaic CPV to process parallel currency transactions (#United States 61/999,646)
This relates to object-oriented software, specifically to a method for providing a parallel currency. A system of systems is disclosed. In object-oriented terms, the parallel currency system will include as an object solar CPV.
National Cooperative Research Act of 1984: A New Antitrust Regime for Joint Research and Development Ventures
My law school note analyzed U.S. federal antitrust legislation to foster technology innovation. It appeared in the premiere issue of the technology law journal I conceived as a 2L student at Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California at Berkeley. This student-run publication is still in existence and currently publishes four issues each year of scholarly work.
FTC Settlement with Cadence Design Systems
May 8, 1997
Cadence agreed to settle charges that its acquisition of Cooper & Chyan Technology, Inc. would reduce competition for "routing" software used to automate the design of integrated circuits or microchips. The FTC staff claimed that the merger would reduce Cadence's incentives to permit competing suppliers of routing tools to obtain access to its layout environments resulting in less innovation, higher prices, and reduced services. To ensure that independent software developers of commercial routing tools continued to compete with Cooper & Chyan's technology, the consent order I negotiated for my client required Cadence to allow these developers to participate in Cadence's software interface programs. This novel solution resolved all antitrust objections by the FTC and allowed the merger to close without divestiture or license.
Published articles on antitrust issues facing computer software industry, including Standard-Setting Rules & Liabilities, Duties of a Monopolist to Deal with Competitors, and Guidelines for Licensing Intellectual Property
Co-Founder and Editor, High Technology Law Journal renamed Berkeley Technology Law Journal. I conceived the idea for this law journal devoted exclusively to technology law topics.
Awarded Stanford University's first undergraduate degree in Public Policy. My individually-designed curriculum included many classes from the Stanford School of Engineering in civil, industrial, and mechanical engineering and engineering-economic systems.
LSAT Score: 800
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