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Thomas F. Villeneuve

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP

Redwood City, CA, USA


TOM, a founding partner of the firm, is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of U.S. and international corporate partnering, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and licensing, as well as in intellectual property strategy and commercialization. He has extensive expertise representing start-up/emerging companies and multinational corporations in these areas, and has successfully represented emerging company clients in major corporate partnering/strategic alliance and/or licensing arrangements with a great many of the largest U.S. and international information technology, communications, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as with the major research universities and institutes.

Tom was the only licensing/partnering lawyer named among the "Top 25 IP Lawyers" by California's leading legal trade publication. He is also one of only a handful of licensing/partnering attorneys named to Global Counsel's "Most Recommended Lawyers" lists and is recognized as one of California's top corporate transactional lawyers in both "Best Lawyers in America" and the Chambers USA guide to "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," as well as one of the Northern California "Super Lawyers."

Tom has been a Federal court-appointed expert arbitrator, and has been appointed as an expert negotiator and expert counselor/witness regarding intellectual property issues and licensing/partnering practices in various industries. This includes such notable matters as: amicus counsel to the Software Industry Coalition and the Computer Software Industry Association with respect to the U.S. Supreme Court review of the seminal Lotus v. Borland copyright case; appointment by the California Attorney General as the lead strategist and negotiator in resolving the State's highly-publicized Oracle licensing scandal; and serving as the expert consultant and witness on corporate partnering/strategic alliances in the Beckman Center/City of Hope dispute with Genentech.

Tom is co-author of Corporate Partnering: Structuring and Negotiating Domestic and International Strategic Alliances (Prentice Hall Law & Business 1992-2006), the leading lead treatise on that subject, as well as the co-Series Editor of The Emerging Growth Companies Series of legal treatises (published by Glasser LegalWorks). He is also a co-author of Internet, On-line and eBusiness Transactions, (Glasser LegalWorks, 2001), as well as a contributing author of Venture Capital and Public Offering Negotiation (Prentice Hall Law and Business, 1992-2005) and Formation and Financing of Emerging Companies (Glasser LegalWorks 1998, 2004). In addition, he is a member of the Board of Editors of The Cyberspace Lawyer and The Computer Lawyer and serves on the Advisory Board of the High Technology Law Journal of Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.

Tom holds a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and undergraduate degrees from the University of California in Chemistry and Biology.

Prior to founding Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian in September 1995, Tom was a partner of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison where he founded and served as head of the firm's transactional and counseling Intellectual Property practice. Tom is admitted to practice in California.

Thomas F. Villeneuve is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar IP Issues in Business Transactions 2018, Thursday, February 08, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast IP Issues in Business Transactions 2018 SF, Thursday, February 08, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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