In-House Perspectives: When and Why Inside-Outside Collaborations Thrive. September 26, 2019 SDIPLA evening event


San Diego-in-house patent attorneys describe their IP responsibilities—including working with inventors, general counsel, and boards—and share views on how outside counsel can contribute to in-house success.

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Morrison & Foerster LLP, 12531 High Bluff Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92130


Our Panelists:

Kaare Larson

Assistant General Counsel, Head of Intellectual Property at Dexcom

Kaare has been with Dexcom for almost 10 years, during which time Dexcom has experienced rapid growth in a continuously evolving business landscape. As head of Dexcom’s intellectual property group, Kaare oversees such activities as patent procurement, IP risk mitigation, and IP litigation.

Yan Leychkis

Sr. Director, Global Intellectual Property at Illumina

Yan provides strategic advice to the management on a variety of IP issues including portfolio development, domestic and foreign patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate and patentability assessments, invalidity and non-infringement opinions and due diligence. He also manages in-house IP attorneys and paralegals and directs external work by numerous outside counsels.

Our Moderator

James J Mullen, AttorneyJim Mullen 

Patent Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Jim’s practice focuses on obtaining robust, commercially relevant IP protection for his clients in the most efficient manner possible. In addition to strategic patent procurement, Jim provides counseling on enforcement issues, freedom-to-operate issues, and intellectual property due diligence projects generally.  Jim’s practice also includes counseling on post-grant review procedures, such as inter partes reviews and others.