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Raj Jha

Smithline Jha LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA


Raj Jha was Vice President of Strategic Transactions and Associate General Counsel for Ask Jeeves, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASKJ, later acquired by IAC/InterActiveCorp) where he advised Ask Jeeves’ executives, CEO and Board of Directors. Raj led the structuring and negotiation of Ask Jeeves’ technical, marketing and channel alliances, executed the company’s asset purchases and mergers and acquisitions, and managed the company’s intellectual property portfolio. Raj also served as Vice President of Technology Partnerships for Reef (acquired by Mediasurface PLC), a global software company with offices in the US, UK, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia. Raj began his career as an attorney with Cooley Godward LLP in the firm's Information Technology group. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Raj was a software engineer with Spinnaker Software’s business software unit, and as an undergraduate worked on database technologies in a research team sponsored by Digital Equipment Corporation.

Raj received a degree in Computer Science from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School where he chaired the Intellectual Property Group. Raj currently serves on the Technology Advisory Board to ALI-ABA, and has been a guest lecturer at the U.C. Hastings College of the Law. Raj co-founded Smithline Jha with Todd Smithline in June, 2004.

Raj is admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts.

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