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Thomas Francis Villeneuve

Practice areas:

Intellectual Property, Business, Licensing

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Licensed since 1983

  1. Intellectual Property: 34%
  2. Licensing: 33%
  3. Business: 33%

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StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198308/18/2015

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2014
Best Lawyers in Practice AreasBest Lawyers in America2014
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2013
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best Lawyers in Practice AreasBest Lawyers in America2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
World's Leading IP StrategistsIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2012
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2012
World's Leading Patent PracticionersIntellectual Assets Management Magazine2012
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2012
Best Lawyers in Practice AreasBest Lawyers in America2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2011
World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing LawyersIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2011
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2011
Best Lawyers in Practice AreasBest Lawyers in America2011
World's Leading IP StrategistsIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2011
World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing LawyersIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2010
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2010
World's Leading IP StrategistsIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2010
Best Lawyers in Practice AreasBest Lawyers in America2010
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2009
Best Lawyers in Practice AreasBest Lawyers in America2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
World's Leading IP StrategistsIntellectual Asset Management Magazine2009
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2009
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2008
Best Lawyers in Practice AreasBest Lawyers in America2008
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francsico Magazine2007
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Best Lawyers in Practice AreasBest Lawyers in America2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Best Lawyers in Practice AreasBest Lawyers in America2006
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2006
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine2006
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2005
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Top Lawyers in FieldChambers USA2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
Top 25 IP LawyersDaily Journal (California)N/A
American Jurisprudence AwardWest PublishingN/A
Most Recommended LawyersGlobal CounselN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Partner/FounderGunderson Dettmer Stough Villleneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP1995 - Present
PartnerBrobeck Phleger & Harrison1983 - 1995

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
UC Berkeley Technology Law JournalAdvisory Board MemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Lotus v. Borland (US Supreme Court)Amicus brief supported Borland, which prevailed
State of California's highly publicized licensing dispute with OracleExcellent outcome for state and taxpayers
Visto/Good v. RIM Patent Infringement SuitClient received a $267 million settlement (believed to be the largest pre-trial patent settlement ever)

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Prentice Hall Law & BusinessBOOK AUTHOR: Corporate Partnering: Structuring and Negotiating Domestic and International Strategic Alliances (Five Editions plus annual supplements, from 1992)2013
Thomson West publicationBOOK (Editor and Contributing Author) Formation and Financing of Emerging Companies (multiple editions)2008
Prentice Hall Law & Business (now Aspen)BOOK (Chapter Author): Venture Capital and Public Offering Negotiation (multiple editions and annual supplements)2005
Glasser LegalWorksBOOK (Editor and Contributor): Internet, On-line and eBusiness Transactions2001
The RecorderPower to the Patents -- How to Maximize the Value of Your Company's Technology Portfolio1997
National Law JournalCorporate Alliance Must Be Negotiated Carefully1997
Strategic Alliance AlertThe ‘Inadvertent Acquisition’ Risk1995
Software Marketing JournalStructuring a Profitable Alliance1994
National Law JournalA Multimedia Blitz1993
SPA NewsCorporate Partnering and Strategic Alliances1993
California BusinessPartnering for Profit1993
The Lawyer's BriefTechnology-Based Corporate Partnering1993
BillboardUnderstanding MultiMedia: A Primer1992
The Computer LawyerCreating Successful Technology-Based Corporate Partnering Arrangements1992
Details (Newletter of the Assn of Biotechnology Companies)Successful Corporate Partnering Arrangements1992
Glasser LegalWorksBOOK SERIES (Editor): The Emerging Growth Company SeriesN/A
Various PublicationsMany other articlesN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Santa CruzChemistry and BiologyundergraduateN/A
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
PLI IP Issues in Business TransactionsIP Licensing Issues2014
PLI IP Issues in Business TransactionsIP Licensing Issues2013
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances2006
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances2005
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances2004
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances2003
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances2002
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances2001
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances2000
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances1999
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances1998
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances1997
CybercopiaContent Provider, Linking and Hosting Agreement1997
Computer Law InstituteRecent Developments1997
PLI Structuring, Negotiating and Implementing Strategic AlliancesDirect Alliances1996
Interactive Seoul '95Inter-Industry Challenges and Solutions1995
Conference on Emerging Issues in Computer Law for the 90'sHigh Technology Corporate Partnering and Strategic Alliances1995
Penisula Assn of General Counsel Annual MeetingThe Art of the Deal Silicon Valley Style1994
Computer Law InstituteCurrent Developments and Washington DC Update1994
Software Publishers' Assn Annual MeetingCopyright Issues Related to New Media1992
Computer Law InstituteThe Corporate Partnership Agreement1992
CD-ROM ExpoInter-Industry Alliances1992
UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt) Many presentations over the yearsVarious issues re Intellectual property, licensing, strategic alliance, etcN/A
Stanford Law School: Various events over the yearsVarious issue regarding intellectual property, licensing and strategic alliancesN/A
Guest Lecturer at UC Berkeley Business School (Haas)Corporate Partnering and Strategic AlliancesN/A
Guest Lecturer at Stanford Business SchoolCorporate Partnering and Strategic AlliancesN/A
Digital Hollywood; Digital Video New York; Multimedia Expo; Digital San Francisco; Digital Video Silcon VallyNumerous presentations regarding various New Media Issues (intellectual property and cross-industry alliances)N/A
Corporate Partnering and Strategic Alliances in the 90'sCo-ChairN/A
AIPLA Annual MeetingIntellectual property issuesN/A