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Bijal Vakil

Partner, Global Co-head of Technology

Silicon Valley

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Bijal Vakil

Partner, Global Co-head of Technology

Silicon Valley

Bijal serves as the global co-head of the firm’s Technology practice. He is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice in the Silicon Valley office. He successfully represents technology companies across their life cycle. He also has an impressive track record litigating complex patent cases in district courts, the International Trade Commission, and before the Federal Circuit. The knowledge and insight he brings to the most complex technology and intellectual property matters globally make him a valued asset for companies ranging from those on the Fortune 100 list to Silicon Valley start-ups.

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 technology practice includes serving as lead counsel in hundreds of contentious patent matters, leading US and cross-border deals, strategizing on complex technology transactions and forming technology alliances in trailblazing 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 (1) Co-Chair of the Lawyer’s Representative Committee; (2) Chair of two Magistrate Judge Selection Committees; (3) Member of Magistrate Judge Reappointment Committee; and (4) 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). 

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

Office

Silicon Valley

Allen & Overy LLP
550 High Street, 2nd Floor
Palo Alto
CA 94301

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: State Bar of California, 1997

US District Court for the Central District of California

US District Court for the Northern District of California

US District Court for the Eastern District of California

US District Court for the Southern District of California

US District Court for the District of New Mexico

US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

US Supreme Court

Academic

JD, Davis School of Law, University of California, Davis

BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Recognition

Awards & accolades

World’s Leading IP Strategists, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), 2019-2021

IAM Strategy 300 Global

World’s Leading Patent Professionals, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), 2015-2017, 2019-2021

IAM Patent 1000

Managing Intellectual Property, 2020, 2021

Patent Stars