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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.


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

Litigation powerhouse Paul Hastings LLP specializes in complex high-stakes patent disputes, with ITC litigation as a cornerstone of the wider patent litigation practice. Technology companies form the heart of the group’s client list, benefitting from the team’s combined ITC, IPR and Customs and Border Protection expertise. Yar Chaikovsky in Palo Alto, Thomas Counts in San Francisco, Christina Ondrick in Washington DC and Philip Ou, also in Palo Alto, are the key ITC experts in the team. Chaikovsky directs the global IP practice jointly with Bruce Wexler in New York. Fellow New Yorker Eric Dittmann and Naveen Modi in Washington DC serve as vice chairs of the practice.

United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

Paul Hastings LLP is well positioned to act for clients in patent appeals at the Federal Circuit, where the team enjoys a consistently strong track record in proceedings at all stages; in this respect, the firm is a top destination preferred by technology and healthcare sector companies. The department also focuses on assisting trade and other business associations with presenting positions as amicus curiae in various appellate courts. Stephen Kinnaird chairs the group, where other key figures include IP practice co-chair Yar Chaikovsky (Palo Alto), IP practice vice-chair Naveen Modi, and Joseph Palys.

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

Paul Hastings LLP fields a team that includes several of the most successful life sciences patent litigators in the market. Experts in high-stakes patent disputes, the team of global co-chairs of the IP practice Bruce Wexler in New York and Yar Chaikovsky in Palo Alto secured a string of headline-grabbing victories for its clients in 2020, including in cross-border disputes for which colleagues from the firm’s international offices contribute their expertise. In addition to the core caseload in the life sciences and particularly in the pharmaceutical sector, the practice also impresses with its successes for technology, semiconductor, consumer product and software clients. Matters involving Section 101 issues frequently appear in the caseload. The wider firm’s expertise in financing, venture capital, employment law and trade secrets is of additional benefit to clients. New York’s Eric Dittmann and Naveen Modi in the Washington DC offices are the vice chairs of the global IP practice. Robert Unikel in the Chicago office, where Aaron Charfoos joined from Jones Day in April 2020, is also noted. Philip Ou focuses on high tech-related litigation.