ChIPs Accelerators with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • 9:30 – 10:20 am PST / 12:30 – 1:20 pm EST
  • Sponsored Debevoise & Plimpton

    Join a panel of in-house and outside counsel as they discuss how to protect companies’ crown jewels: their trade secrets. They will discuss best practices to avoid litigation, including employee handbooks, secrecy measures, and exit interviews. They will also cover how to win trade secret litigation, including the use of contract claims, identifying trade secrets, and proving misappropriation.


    • Barbara Barath, Debevoise & Plimpton
    • Danielle Coleman, VMware
    • Meg Kammerud, Dragos
    • Emily O’Brien, Google


    Please register for this virtual event here.


    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices and a global perspective. Approximately 800 lawyers work in nine offices across three continents, serving clients around the world. Clients look to the firm to bring a distinctively high degree of quality, intensity and creativity to resolve legal challenges effectively and cost efficiently. Debevoise was named the “IP Law Firm of the Year” by Chambers in 2022, and “IP Group of the Year” by Law360 in 2022. Debevoise’s Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions attorneys provide strategic and commercial advice to our clients on the IP and technology aspects of matters across the firm’s practices, including M&A, private equity, finance, capital markets, restructuring, and data strategy & security and on standalone IP and commercial contracts. As part of the IP litigation practice, the firm recently added its technology litigation practice, which focuses on patents and trade secrets.


    Barbara Barath
    Barbara Barath is a litigation counsel based in Debevoise’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group.  She helps lead the firm’s technology litigation practice, with a special focus on companies seeking to safeguard proprietary technologies.

    Ms. Barath is a seasoned intellectual property litigator and experienced trial lawyer who has represented clients in a range of patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark disputes involving various technologies, including semiconductors, computer-aided drafting (CAD) software, mobile device user interfaces, mobile device management, and other niche software. She has led the case strategy for numerous notable IP disputes, including for Fortune 500 and multinational technology clients.

    Danielle Coleman
    Danielle Coleman is Senior Director & Associate General Counsel at VMware, a technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley.  She oversees global commercial and intellectual property litigation and disputes and leads a team of attorneys, paralegals, and eDiscovery project managers.  Before joining VMware, Danielle was Director, Global Litigation at Applied Materials.  She previously was an IP litigation attorney at Morrison & Foerster, and she clerked for the Honorable William H. Alsup, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California.  Before graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, Danielle worked at pharmaceutical companies performing biochemical research, and she is an inventor on four U.S. patents.

    Meg Kammerud
    Meg Kammerud serves as the General Counsel of Dragos. An experienced intellectual property and cybersecurity attorney with broad legal experience, Meg drives success in high-growth technology companies through business-focused, creative solutions.  Prior to joining Dragos, Meg led the legal team at Shape Security, where she supported the company’s $1B+ acquisition by F5 Networks. She previously served as Associate General Counsel at MobileIron. Before transitioning to in-house legal counsel roles, Meg litigated high-stakes intellectual property matters for major technology companies at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Steptoe & Johnson. Meg earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Stanford University. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she was a Levy Scholar.

    Emily O’Brien
    Emily O’Brien is Managing Counsel, Litigation at Google.  Emily manages complex intellectual property litigation in multiple product areas, with a particular focus on advertising. Her practice includes matters throughout the United States, as well as in Asia, Canada and Europe. Prior to joining Google, Emily was an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, specializing in intellectual property and antitrust litigation.  She earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in English from The George Washington University.

Barbara Barath Barbara Barath
Danielle Coleman Danielle Coleman
Meg Kammerud Meg Kammerud
Emily O'Brien Emily O'Brien