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Paul Hastings LLP

1117 S CALIFORNIA AVENUE, PALO ALTO, CA 94304-1106, USA
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Yar Chaikovsky

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Work 1 (650) 320-1832
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Paul Hastings LLP

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Litigation

Position

Yar R. Chaikovsky is Global Co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office. He oversees the firm’s 100-plus lawyer IP practice. He serves as lead trial counsel for some of the most preeminent global technology companies in their most important matters. Throughout his career, Mr. Chaikovsky has won jury trials and ITC hearings in addition to obtaining summary judgments and summary determinations. This success has led him to be accepted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and to be praised by numerous leading publications as one of the nation’s top patent trial lawyers. Mr. Chaikovsky was Yahoo!’s first head patent counsel. Before practicing law, he was an engineer in the missile systems defense department of Hughes Aircraft Company.

Education


United States: Dispute resolution

Appellate

Within: Appellate

Paul Hastings LLP’s appellate practice is jointly chaired by San Francisco-based Paul Cane and Washington DC-based Stephen Kinnaird. Assisted by associate Sarah Besnoff, Kinnaird appeared on behalf of Jacobs Engineering in Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. v ConAgra Foods, Inc. before the Nebraska Supreme Court, which affirmed the district court’s judgment awarding Jacobs Engineering $108.9m of settlement payments for wrongful deaths resulting from ConAgra’s negligent plant explosion. In a shareholder suit at the Ninth Circuit, Los Angeles-based William Sullivan convinced the panel to unanimously affirm a prior judgment entered in favor of William Weidner, the former President of casino operator Las Vegas Sands. John Phillips (San Francisco) and Yar Chaikovsky (Palo Alto) are also noted.

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United States: Intellectual property

Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Within: Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Paul Hastings LLP has 'a deep bench' of lawyers, who combine 'exceptional technical expertise and a great strategic approach'. The 'very dedicated' team is a go-to-practice for PTAB litigation, especially for petitioners; it is primarily active in life sciences litigation, especially in pharmaceuticals and biotechnological cases, but is also instructed by clients in the technology and telecoms industries. A recent success was the defense of Trend Micro against Intellectual Ventures in a Federal Circuit case in which co-chair Yar Chaikovsky from Palo Alto secured a rare grant for attorney's fees from the court, winning the full $441,000 for the client. Together with his Washington DC-based co-chairs, Joseph Palys and Naveen Modi ('a top-notch advocate') Chaikovsky obtained an affirming decision from the Federal Circuit on behalf of HTC in a consolidated case against Virginia Innovation Sciences and Amazon, obtaining dismissal of over 360 claims covering eight patents as ineligible. Helsinn Healthcare, Boehringer Ingelheim and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma are also among the team's clients. Eric Dittmann and Joseph O’Malley in New York impress with their 'passion, dedication, experience' and 'amazing ability to master the nuances and complexities of cases'. Other key figures include Washington DC's Jeff Pade and Blair Jacobs, Bruce Wexler and of counsel Young Park in New York. Robert Unikel and of counsel Robert Laurenzi joined from Arnold & Porter in Chicago and New York respectively, and David Beckwith joined from Fitzgerald Knaier LLP. Palo Alto's Philip Ou made partner. Gerald Flattmann and Evan Diamond left for King & Spalding LLP, while Michael Hendershot joined Jones Day and Hassen Sayeed joined O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

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