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Paul Hastings LLP
PALO ALTO, CA 94304-1106
United States

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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.


Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Roundly praised by clients for their multidisciplinary capabilities in complex IP litigations, the ‘excellent’ Paul Hastings LLP is regularly engaged on plaintiff and defendant-side mandates, representing some of the world’s leading corporations, hedge funds, and private equity firms in a wide variety of contentious proceedings. The team is jointly helmed by the New York-based global trade secrets chair Victoria Cundiff and the Los Angeles-based Jennifer Baldocchi, who runs the international employee mobility and trade secrets practice. In recent months, Baldocchi acted for biotech and pharmaceutical companies in claims before the federal courts, while Yar Chaikovsky – who works in Palo Alto – handled trade secret and IP disputes for clients in digital video technology, social media, and online banking. In Washington DC, the highly experienced Jeff Pade and Allan Soobert focus on civil and criminal litigations for a varied roster of tech players. Chicago-based Mark Pollack is recommended for his proficiency in white-collar disputes.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

Renowned clients, including major technology companies, continue to rely on Paul Hastings LLP for assistance with their matters before the ITC. The practice was bolstered at the end of 2021 with the arrival of Kecia Reynolds, formerly a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, who joined the Washington DC office. The remainder of the team, led by Palo Alto’s Yar Chaikovsky, includes key practitioners Phillip Ou, also in Palo Alto, and Tom Counts in San Francisco, all of whom are experienced in assisting both plaintiffs and defendants, either in a standalone ITC cases or in conjunction with co-pending patent litigation matters.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

A ‘deep bench of experienced patent litigators’ make up Paul Hastings LLP‘s practice which is frequently the first choice for leading drug makers enforcing or defending key patents. Life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation, including biotech disputes, remain the core strengths of the team, but technology, semiconductor, and consumer product clients also frequently seek out the group for its success rate in these sectors. Clients include Samsung, Merck, AbbVie/Allergan, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Google, Mitsubishi Tanabe, TikTok,  L’Oréal, and FitBit. New York-based attorneys Eric Dittmann and Bruce Wexler, who is renowned for his superb life sciences practice, co-head the global IP practice in conjunction with Washington DC’s Naveen Modi, a ‘savvy litigator’ who drives the firm’s notable post-grant review practice. Robert Unikel in Chicago, California’s Yar Chaikovsky and Phillip Ou, and senior associate David Okano are other highlighted members of the practice. The Palo Alto office was reinforced in 2021 with the arrival of partner Matthias Kamber from Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, The Washington DC office grew with the addition of ITC specialist Kecia Reynolds from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.