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Bijal Vakil

Partner, Global Co-head of Technology

Silicon Valley

San Francisco

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Bijal Vakil

Partner, Global Co-head of Technology

Silicon Valley

San Francisco

Bijal  is a founding partner of Allen & Overy's Silicon Valley and San Francisco Offices and serves as the global co-head of the firm’s Technology practice where he successfully represents technology companies across their life cycle from early stage start-ups to leading businesses. Clients turn to Bijal as a trusted business partner and legal counsel for both his courtroom experience and his practical strategic advice to protect their highly sensitive, deeply technical IP. He has an impressive track record litigating complex patent cases in district courts, the International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and before the Federal Circuit. The knowledge and insight he brings to the most challenging technology and intellectual property matters globally make him a valued partner for companies ranging from those on the Fortune 100 list to Silicon Valley startups.

Bijal's practice covers a wide range of technologies, including computer software, semiconductors, drones, e-commerce, social media, payments, autonomous vehicles, consumer electronics, telecommunications, video games, medical devices and innovative uses of blockchain technology in cryptocurrency. His experience includes serving as lead counsel in hundreds of contentious patent matters, leading U.S. and cross-border deals, strategizing on complex technology transactions, and forming technology alliances in ground-breaking new industries.

The legal community recognizes Bijal’s unique skill set. He was selected to serve in various court committees in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, including: Co-Chair of the Lawyer’s Representative Committee; Chair of two Magistrate Judge Selection Committees; Member of Magistrate Judge Reappointment Committee; and Mediator, Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

Bijal strongly believes in keeping the door open for others. To that end, he served on the Executive Committee of the National Asian Pacific Bar Association (along with various other positions), Committees for the National South Asian Bar Association, the NAPABA Law Foundation Board, as President of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley (along with various other roles) and as President of the Asian Law Alliance (along with various other roles). Legal and business organizations have recognized Bijal with awards, including from the National Asian Pacific Bar Association and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. He is ranked by IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists in 2022.

At his previous firm, he served as the Managing Partner of their Silicon Valley office for over a decade, Chair of the U.S. Diversity Committee, and the founder of the Taiwan practice.

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Office

Silicon Valley

Allen & Overy LLP
550 High Street, Second Floor
Palo Alto
CA 94301

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San Francisco

Allen & Overy LLP
595 Market Street, Suite 950
San Francisco
CA 94105

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: State Bar of California

California, United States Supreme Court

Academic

University of California, Davis

BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Recognition

Awards & accolades

Patent Star, 2017-2022

Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars

Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation

California, Band 5, Chambers USA, 2022

World’s Leading Patent Professionals, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), 2014-2022

IAM Patent 1000