Intellectual Property

Protecting and monetizing creative works is increasingly important in today’s Internet and highly technologically dependent society. We have experience securing creative value, developing business relationships that provide long term growth potential for creative works and licensing technology in novel ways. With changing patent laws and added scrutiny on open source license use and compliance, your creative team deserves the help of professionals who understand your passion and can help you profit from it.

For more information about our Intellectual Property practice group, contact:

Managing Partner
Robert is our founding partner, former Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Jefferies, and former Mayor of Laguna Niguel,…
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Dean has over 20 years of experience as an international corporate, commercial and transactional lawyer, including 11 years as an in-house attorney…
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Tim is a skilled legal executive, CPA and partner to senior business leadership teams from Fortune 100 companies to start-up…
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Jennah Michalik is a software asset management specialist with experience structuring and negotiating software and technology agreements.  With experience designing,…
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Anne brings over 15 years of legal experience, both in-house and with law firms. She has expertise negotiating a wide…
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Aimee brings twenty years of legal experience to the practice, with much of her career spent in-house with global financial…

 

Robert Ming

Managing Partner

Robert is our founding partner, former Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Jefferies, and former Mayor of Laguna Niguel, California.  Robert structures and negotiates large technology transactions, supervises global procurement contract review and helps design contract repository and workflow management systems.  Robert has previously been general counsel for a B2B e-commerce procurement provider and began his career at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Los Angeles where he did securities work, private placements, broker-dealer regulatory work and intellectual property licensing.  Full Bio

Dean Falvy

Attorney

Dean has over 20 years of experience as an international corporate, commercial and transactional lawyer, including 11 years as an in-house attorney at Amazon.com, and over a decade in private practice with firms in Seattle and Tokyo.    His principal practice areas include e-commerce law, international investments, complex commercial agreements, content development and licensing, and antitrust compliance.  Dean has advised clients on new investments, acquisitions, and divestitures in countries as varied as Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, South Africa, Romania and Canada, as well as inbound investments in the United States.   He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and currently teaches part-time at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. Full Bio

Tim Hickey

Attorney

Tim is a skilled legal executive, CPA and partner to senior business leadership teams from Fortune 100 companies to start-up entities who is valued for his strategic thinking, commercial practicality, judgment, creativity, negotiations expertise and ability to drive change.  He has a proven record of solving complex legal and business challenges, while reducing risk, and meeting commercial goals and deadlines.  Tim is a seasoned executive with with 17 years of experience at Sears affiliated companies and began his career at Vedder Price in Chicago. Full Bio

Jennah Michalik

Attorney

Jennah Michalik is a software asset management specialist with experience structuring and negotiating software and technology agreements.  With experience designing, implementing and operating software asset management systems for large institutions, Jennah helps companies gain a true understanding of their software license environment and ensure that they maintain a robust compliance program.  With vendors becoming ever more aggressive in auditing clients, software asset management has become an essential component in a risk mitigation program.  Understanding licenses and their portability can also help maximize the investments already made in licensing and “right-sizing” license pools and types.

 

Anne Greenfield

Attorney

Anne brings over 15 years of legal experience, both in-house and with law firms. She has expertise negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts, including master services, consulting, licensing, outsourcing, and joint venture agreements. With additional expertise in intellectual property, securities and health law, including representing software and technology companies, she brings a unique skill set to the practice. Anne was formerly General Counsel at publicly traded biotech company Stressgen Biotechnologies, and began her career at Brown & Wood and McDermott, Will & Emery. Anne received her JD from UCLA and Masters of Law from New York University. Full Bio.

Aimee Rubin

Attorney

Aimee brings twenty years of legal experience to the practice, with much of her career spent in-house with global financial services and entertainment companies. Her clear thinking and excellent people skills help her excel at the review and negotiation of agreements of all types, from the simple to the most complex. Aimee has been Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs to Sony Music Entertainment, Senior Counsel at BMG Columbia House, Inc., and General Counsel of About.com. She has also been legal counsel to IVillage, Inc., Earthweb, Inc. and The IMC Group of Companies.