Orange County; Taipei
Orange County; Taipei
Orange County; Taipei
For nearly three decades, Robert Benson has dedicated himself to helping clients resolve their most challenging legal disputes. Whether litigating multi-patent matters, competitor disputes, or licensing obligations, Robert blends his commitment to serving others with his legal acumen, creativity, integrity, and collaborative leadership to attain the best possible results for his clients.
Robert has handled a wide range of commercial and intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts, litigated Section 337 investigations before the ITC, represented both patent owners and petitioners in PTAB proceedings, obtained injunctive relief, and argued before the Federal Circuit. He has handled both offensive and defensive patent licensing and litigation, and has implement strategies that incorporate inter partes review and reexamination proceedings. His matters have involved technologies including semiconductors, graphics processing, mobile devices, computer hardware and software, medical devices, and countless other products and consumer electronics.
In addition to his domestic practice, Robert also leads Orrick’s Taipei office. In Chambers Global 2020, Robert is the only attorney ranked in the U.S. for Intellectual Property – Foreign Expert for Taiwan. Global corporations headquartered in Asia trust him to navigate the unique issues, claims, and defenses that arise in multinational litigation and cross-border disputes. Please click here to read his bio in Simplified Chinese.
Robert’s commitment to service extends beyond his professional clients. Over the past 20 years, Robert has established programs in Asia, Africa, and North and South America that care for hundreds of at-risk children and enable them to attend universities and launch their careers. He is the founder of Arms of Love International, a charitable organization that operates family-based homes for abandoned or abused children, and Love Forward, a charitable organization that provides a higher education for students who have experienced violence and other forms of abuse. In his recently published book, Love Forward, Robert shares the life stories of some of the young women and men who grew up in the Arms of Love homes, together with his personal story, to encourage and inspire others in their own endeavors. In recognition of his service, Orrick awarded Robert its Community Responsibility Award in 2017.
Bradford Breen, senior counsel in the New York Corporate Group, regularly advises clients on technology transactions, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and other strategic partnership arrangements, with an emphasis on the intellectual property aspects of such transactions.
Brad also advises professional services and financial services entities and technology companies regarding U.S. and international trademark and branding matters. He also has considerable experience in business method, electronic, semiconductor and computer patent counseling.
Joseph A. Calvaruso is a partner in the Intellectual Property group in the New York office. Joe, a veteran intellectual property lawyer focusing on patent litigation, has extensive experience at the trial and appellate levels.
Joe also has litigated cases involving trademarks, trade secrets, false advertising, antitrust and unfair competition. In addition, Joe has extensive experience as lead counsel in Inter Partes Reviews before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Known for his candid approach and formidable courtroom style, Joe has the trust of his clients and the respect of the bench. As a veteran patent litigator, he can distill complicated facts into precise strategies that often resolve matters by summary judgement, saving his clients valuable time and expense.
As one client put it, "Joe Calvaruso is exceptional, his work has been truly excellent." (Legal 500) Another client offered: "He's like a defenseman on a hockey team or an NFL linebacker - tough as nails. But he's always fair and a good person on your side to or go up against. He just gets the technology as well." (IAM 1000) Intellectual Asset Management ("IAM") rates Joe as a "practical commercial lawyer, he has talent for resolving disputes early, together with the courtroom skills to prevail at trial...."
Joe’s diverse experience includes consumer electronics, computer hardware and software, optical equipment, medical devices, semiconductor devices and fabrication, and financial services.
His demonstrated ability to translate complicated topics to judges and juries is a valuable asset particularly appreciated by his international clients. Joe uses the same clear and practical approach to help non-English speakers understand intricate legal issues.
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Los Angeles; Santa Monica
To Alyssa Caridis, IP protection is more than business; it’s personal. For more than a half-century, Alyssa's family patented several mechanical technologies which they developed into a thriving business. Alyssa’s family inspired her love of engineering, as well as her desire to protect innovative ideas. Today Alyssa defends technology companies, ranging from budding start-ups to international corporations. She knows their success depends on it.
Alyssa handles complex patent and copyright litigation, open source licensing and IP counseling. She has represented companies in all stages of litigation -- from pre-suit investigation, through trial, and on to appeals courts. She draws upon her engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College to engage with technical professionals and quickly grasp new technologies. Alyssa has represented clients in connection with a broad spectrum of technologies, ranging from CMOS image sensors and communication systems to software and peripheral computer components to projects in both the aerospace and automotive industries.
Alyssa calls Southern California home, but remains loyal to the sports teams of her Bay Area childhood.
Joseph Chern is a lawyer in Orrick’s Orange County office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on due diligence with an emphasis on open source licensing and patent law, including patent prosecution, intellectual property portfolio management and patent litigation.
Joseph has experience drafting and prosecuting patents in several technical fields, including signal processing, memory control, optical medical devices, computer networks, database management, thermal conductivity and geomechanics, nanostructuring, e-commerce, capacitive touch panels, complex circuit designs, data security/encryption, semiconductors, in-flight entertainment systems, power systems, neural networks, and software applications.
Joseph's practice further includes conducting intellectual property due diligence to assess the quality and quantity of intellectual property assets. For example, Joseph has represented several clients in open source licensing matters and provided counseling to develop open source software strategies. He also has extensive experience in intellectual property and technology matters related to mergers and acquisitions.
Joseph also has substantial experience in patent infringement litigation cases in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). Joseph also has represented clients in post-grant opposition procedures with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including ex parte reexaminations and inter partes reviews (under the America Invents Act).
Joseph began his career as a summer associate at Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zaffman, LLP, in Los Angeles, and an attorney at One, LLP, in Newport Beach, Calif. Prior to law school, he worked as a software and systems engineer for a diversified systems and services company in transportation, defense and RFID markets worldwide.
Peter Coll is a senior member of the firm's Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group in New York. He stepped down as partner in 2020 in his transition for retirement in 2022. While a partner, Peter served as a member of the Firm's Executive Committee from 2000 until 2012. He is known for his ability to help clients develop litigation strategies that meet both their case-specific and business objectives.
Peter has tried major, complex cases in New York state and federal courts and throughout the United States, including Washington, the Virgin Islands, California and Arizona. During his 40+ year litigation and trial career, he has argued appeals before the United States Supreme Court, the highest-level appellate courts of New York and New Jersey, and seven federal circuit courts of appeal.
Peter has represented Fortune 500 companies, such as American Cyanamid Company, The Dow Chemical Company, American Home Products Corporation, Mead Corporation, Alleghany Corporation and Schering-Plough Corporation. He has also represented privately held companies and high-profile individuals, such as Mickey Mantle and Tom Brady. Peter's cases have involved general commercial, antitrust, securities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, product liability, federal taxation, ERISA, consumer fraud and intellectual property.
He is currently representing several energy producers in litigation in Georgia and the Dakotas over disputes arising over long term wholesale power contracts with values exceeding $1 billion.
Before joining Orrick, Peter was a partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, LLP (1976-1998), where he served as Chairman of its Executive Committee.
Kristin Cornuelle, an Of Counsel in the Portland office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and the Trademark, Copyright and False Advertising Group. Kristin has experience with both intellectual property and general commercial litigation matters, as well as dispute resolution and IP enforcement.
Kristin focuses on U.S. and international trademark and copyright counseling and prosecution, advising on branding strategies, and resolving trademark-related disputes for clients in a variety of industries, including food and beverage products, retail and clothing, consumer products, cloud computing, software and Internet services, social networking and online gaming. She has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition, Kristin maintains an active pro bono practice in the areas of trademark and copyright law, homelessness, housing, and domestic violence.
Prior to her legal career, Kristin held various executive level positions in both the non-profit sector and local government.
Section 337 investigations pose an enormous risk. Without proper counsel, the speed, complexity and potential cost can overwhelm companies and drain precious resources. Having handled nearly 60 such investigations, Jordan understands those risks, and how to safely and efficiently guide complainants, respondents and non-parties toward the best possible result.
Clients who enlisted Jordan’s help recently reported to Chambers USA that "you can trust he will be in the weeds and is able to spot untenable positions taken by the opposition" and that "he is a very capable attorney and he knows the procedural details of ITC investigations." He is recognized by Chambers USA as an Up and Coming Lawyer for International Trade: Intellectual Property (Section 337), and The Legal 500 also described Jordan as “the heart of the practice”, who “offers a wealth of ITC experience and knowledge, while maintaining a level of responsiveness and approachability that is second to none.“ He’s managed all aspects of Section 337 investigations, including 14 trials, from pre-complaint counseling and diligence to Federal Circuit appeals. The investigations have covered technologies including smartphones, tablets, televisions, flash memory, semiconductors, and medical devices.
He also represents plaintiffs and defendants across the country in cases involving claims of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Prior to and during law school, Jordan was an Honors Paralegal and Law Clerk in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, where he assisted attorneys and economists in Hart-Scott-Rodino investigations in diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer products and energy.
Donald Daybell, a senior attorney in Orrick's Orange County office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Daybell's practice is focused on high-stakes patent litigation, with an emphasis on trials in the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
Mr. Daybell is lead or backup counsel on over 60 Inter Partes Reviews before the PTO, and has spoken frequently about the America Invents Act and the PTO trial procedures enacted by this ground-breaking legislation.
Mr. Daybell also has substantial experience in all aspects of patent litigation. He has managed the day-to-day activities of complex patent cases, has taken and defended numerous depositions, has presented witnesses at trial, and has argued matters before various tribunals, including district courts and the International Trade Commission.
Mr. Daybell has experience in litigating and prosecuting patents in various technical fields, including semiconductors, computer software and hardware, databases, financial services, e-commerce, business methods and medical devices. His experience further includes preparing requests for ex parte re-examination and prosecuting re-examination requests with the PTO. His experience also includes providing counseling and opinions regarding issued patents, and conducting due diligence reviews of intellectual property.
Having handled dozens of ITC investigations, Bas knows an exceptional legal strategy is not enough. The Commission’s aggressive speed and complexity are unmatched, and can easily overwhelm. Success requires a tenacious focus, and deep knowledge of jurisdictional, procedural and legal issues. Clients such as Sonos, Bosch and Foxconn hire Bas for precisely that mix of skill and dedication.
In addition to his ITC practice, Bas also heads Orrick’s contentious prosecution practice. He has led more than 30 IPRs and first-chaired more than a dozen trials before the United States Patent Office, as well as represented clients in dozens of trials in district courts, and before PTAB.
As someone with degrees in both engineering and English literature, Bas is uniquely suited to present complicated topics to non-technical audiences. He has represented clients in fields as diverse as semiconductor processing and structure, GPS and geosynchronous satellites, image texture and graphics processing, Internet switches and communications, and various consumer products.
Ms. Frost has been extensively recognized for her practice. Chambers USA notes, “Clients admired [this] ‘highly responsive and fabulous strategist’ for her powers of ‘brilliant analysis.’ She has a trial background and a depth of appellate experience.” The Legal 500 has called her “One of Best Known Names in the Field.” Ms. Frost was featured in 2016 as a “Trial Pro” by Law360 and has been recognized in Euromoney’s Guide to Leading US Litigators, Guide to Leading World Litigators and Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer for over a decade and is in the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Lawyers in Houston. In the patent area, she was named one of Law360’s “20 Most Influential Woman in IP Law” and has been included as an IPStar and listed in IAM Patent 1000 for many years.
Sheryl Koval Garko is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses on high-stakes intellectual property litigation. Clients hire Sheryl for her creative, strategic, business-focused advice enriched by her extensive courtroom experience and working knowledge of a wide range of technologies.
Over the course of her career, she has represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to start-ups in trademark, copyright, false advertising, and trade secret litigations and at trial. She has worked with leading technology companies and some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including New Balance, Samsung, and Microsoft. She has tried cases to both judges and juries in federal courts across the United States and is experienced practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission. Through her trial work, she has developed deep expertise in litigating novel and complex damages issues in IP cases and leveraging survey work.
Sheryl honed her skills in high profile, precedent setting cases. She represented New Balance at trial in the International Trade Commission in the successful defense of trade dress claims brought by Nike/Converse in a case that IP Law360 named it the top trademark ruling of 2016. Sheryl also represented Aereo against the major U.S. television networks in defense of its novel, industry-disrupting system for providing internet access to over-the-air broadcast television. That case ultimately went to the Supreme Court, which addressed copyright law issues of first impression.
Having prepared countless cases for trial, Sheryl has a clear understanding of the importance of identifying litigation strategy early on to direct the case in a cost- effective and efficient manner. Sheryl also leverages her wealth of experience to counsel clients on strategies to protect intellectual property when avoiding litigation is a strategic business priority.
Having also litigated a number of patent cases throughout her career, she brings to each matter a unique understanding of the intersection of copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent law. A superb communicator, she is able to explain diverse areas of complex technology to a judge or jury.
Sheryl has been consistently named as one of the leading intellectual property litigators in the world by World Trademark Review 1000, a peer and client survey. In its 2017 publication, WTR 1000 described her as "'highly recommended’ for her ‘helpful and creative advice,’ which is ‘always of first-rate quality.’” In the 2018 edition, WTR 1000 stated that Sheryl “offers significant firepower to any contentious mandate.” In the 2021 edition, WTR 1000 said Sheryl "puts her heart and soul into driving favorable outcomes."
Sheryl is the Global Chair of Orrick's Women's Initiative and serves on the firm's Management Committee.
She was named a 2017 Woman Worth Watching by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Sheryl was also singled out for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel’s Women in Business and the Law 2017 edition. In 2015, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named her one of the Top Women of Law and she received a 2015 Leadership Excellence Award from the National Diversity Council.