Allen & Overy LLP
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Partner at Allen & Overy LLP
Bijal Vakil has a successful track record litigating complex patent cases in district courts, the International Trade Commission and before the Federal Circuit. Clients also benefit from his experience advising on patent portfolios and assisting with technology licensing agreements.
His practice covers a wide range of technologies, including computer software, semiconductors, e-commerce, social media, payments, autonomous vehicles, consumer electronics and telecommunications. The knowledge and insight that he brings to the most complex patent disputes has made him a valued asset for technology companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to Silicon Valley start-ups. Current clients include Daimler, GlobalFoundries, Google, Intuit, LG Electronics, MSI Computer, NETGEAR, Palantir Technologies, Square, Walmart, Zynga and other leaders in technology.
Mr Vakil served as the executive partner of White& Case ‘s Silicon Valley office from 2010 to 2019 and is the founder of the firm’s Taiwan practice. He is an active member of the firm’s global technology industry group and chair of the firm’s US diversity committee.
Widely recognised by legal professionals as an authority in his field, Mr Vakil has held leadership positions in several bar associations and non-profit organisations. He currently serves as a mediator in the US District Court for the Northern District of California’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Programme and was previously selected by the judges of the US District Court for the Northern District of California as co-chair of the Lawyer’s Representative Committee. Mr Vakil also frequently teaches a patent/IP course at the University of California Davis Law School.
Mr Vakil is often sought out by the media and industry conferences to speak on various hot issues affecting the industry, in particular the future intersection of hardware and software in the self-driving car space.