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Catherine Lacavera

Catherine Lacavera

Google Inc.
Director, Litigation
Mountain View, CA, USA

Catherine Lacavera joined Google in 2005. As Director of Litigation, she manages a team of 20 patent and intellectual property litigators and technical advisors. She oversees a docket of more than 100 pending patent and other intellectual property litigation matters both within and outside of the United States, including the Viacom and other copyright litigation against YouTube, and the Apple, Microsoft and Oracle copyright and patent suits directed at Android.  In addition to successfully defending the YouTube lawsuits, her team has had 15 straight victories on the merits in patent suits, including three jury trials in the Eastern District of Texas and multiple hearings before the International Trade Commission. Ms. Lacavera also advises on complex licenses and acquisitions, both within and outside the litigation context, including the acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Google was awarded 2011 Best Legal Department by Corporate Counsel Magazine and 2011 Litigation Department of the Year by International Law Office in the Global Counsel Awards. Prior to joining Google, Ms. Lacavera practiced patent litigation in New York City at a large global law firm.

Ms. Lacavera has her Bachelor's in Computer Engineering, and her J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Toronto. She is admitted to practice law in New York, Massachusetts, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Registered In-House Counsel in California.


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