Emily Ward

Emily Ward

Co-founder, Board Director and President of Community and Memberships
Chief Executive Officer, Calla Nava

Emily Ward is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for PayPal (and prior to PayPal’s IPO, eBay Inc.). She is PayPal’s Chief Technology Counsel and Global IP leader. She is a technology, business and legal strategist with deep expertise in digital technologies including, mobile payments, FinTech, Internet, ecommerce, voice-over-ip, cyber security, and big data.


She split the IP portfolios for eBay and PayPal during PayPal’s spin-off from eBay. She was a driving force in eBay’s M&A teams that bought GSI ($2.4B), Bill Me Later ($1.2B), Braintree ($800M), and numerous other companies, as well as divested Skype. She resolved the landmark US Supreme Court case, Merc Exchange v. eBay, along with many other high-profile and high exposure cases. She built world class and award-winning IP organizations for PayPal and eBay.


Emily has won numerous awards, including being recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley (SV Business Journal, 2013), one of the Top Women Leaders in Technology Law (The Recorder newspaper, 2014 & 2015), one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists (Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM, 2015 & 2016), Legal Impact Winner (Asian Law Alliance, 2016), Legal Momentum Women of Achievement honoree (2015) and was selected to be part of the Direct Women Board Institute program (2015). The Recorder named eBay as Winner for Patent Strategy for Large Companies (2014) and IAM awarded eBay for its exceptional patent quality (2014).


She has testified on patent reform before Congress. By invitation, she has trained the mediators of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to co-founding and sitting on the board of ChIPs, she is also an executive sponsor and leader for PayPal’s women’s leadership and initiative networks.