Staff

Wayne Stacy
Executive Director

Wayne Stacy has been a leading expert on patent law and IP litigation for over two decades.  Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of BCLT in May 2021Wayne was the Director for the USPTO’s Silicon Valley Office. Before that, Wayne spent more than 20 years at several of the world’s top law firms.  Most recently, he was a senior partner and Intellectual Property Chair for Baker Botts’ San Francisco office.  Prior to that, Wayne was an equity partner in the IP Litigation section of Cooley LLP. During his career, several leading publications—including Chambers, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), and Super Lawyers—have listed Wayne as one of the country’s top patent litigators. He was also recognized as an “IP Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. Wayne has served as an adjunct professor at four law schools (including Berkeley) over the last 20 years—teaching patent law, patent litigation, copyright law, and PTAB practice.  He has served as an advisor on Federal Court local-rule committees and as faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

 

Allison Schmitt
Director, BCLT Life Sciences Law & Policy Center and Senior Fellow 

Allison Schmitt JD’15 returns to Berkeley Law to serve as the first Director of the new BCLT Life Sciences Project. She brings tremendous expertise, experience, and energy to this exciting initiative. Upon graduating Allison clerked for the Honorable Stanley R. Chesler at the District of New Jersey, where she worked extensively on ANDA cases. She then clerked for the Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley at the Federal Circuit, where she further honed her knowledge of bio-pharma law and case management. She then spent several years in private practice focusing on life science patent litigation, patent counseling, and policy matters.

 

Jann Dudley
Associate Director

As Associate Director at BCLT, Jann is responsible for donor communications and sponsorship, short and long range planning and managing a team of professionals to provide a wide range of programs and events for alumni, law students and the IP community. Jann brings to the table more than 20 years’ award-winning experience in law firm marketing, business development and administration. She has served as marketing director or manager at Orrick, Morgan Lewis, and, most recently, Archer Norris, among other Bay Area law firms. Jann holds a B.A. in Business & Humanities from Golden Gate University.

 

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Richard Fisk
Assistant Director, Events & Communications

Richard is responsible for planning and executing the center’s extensive schedule of conferences, symposiums, forums, and workshops. Prior to joining BCLT, he was Special Events Manager for the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival. From 2011- 2015, Richard was Director of Events at Central European University, a graduate institution in Budapest, Hungary. He has an extensive background in corporate project coordination, which is when he first began organizing large events.  Richard holds an M.A. in Broadcast and Electronic Communication from San Francisco State.

 

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Media Coordinator

Justin is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated in 2022 with a BA in Philosophy with interests in Social Morality, Ethics, and Political Philosophy. Alongside BCLT, he is also affiliated with the Berkeley Judicial Institute (BJI). In both centers, he is responsible for helping in organizing and coordinating various conferences, workshops, and symposia associated with Berkeley Law.

 

Abril Delgado
Events Specialist

Abril joined BCLT in November 2022. Prior to this, she gained valuable experience as a student administrative and event services assistant at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing while pursuing her undergraduate studies. Abril holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley in Conservation & Resource Studies—accompanied by a minor in Sustainable Design. Within her role at BCLT, Abril undertakes diverse responsibilities, including managing in-person events, fostering student engagement, as well as executing social media and marketing communications strategies. 

 

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Office Administrator

As Office Administrator at BCLT, Alexis assists with sponsorship, business activities, budgeting and financial transactions of the center.  She joined BCLT with over fifteen years experience as an in-house paralegal at a variety of technology companies.  Alexis holds a B.A. from Trinity College and an MBA from Fordham University.

 


BCLT Fellows

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Ramya Chandrasekhar
Biometric Regulatory Fellow

Ramya Chandrasekhar is a research fellow at BCLT and leads the Biometrics Project. This project aims to study legal and institutional regulation of biometric data, from a critical and comparative perspective. Prior to joining BCLT, Ramya worked with the Legal and Innovation team at the World Bank as an International Finance and Development Fellow, on personal data protection enforcement involving digital platforms. She has also collaborated with the Information Communication and Technology team at UNICEF as well as Guarini Global Law & Tech, on projects relating to digital risk and data governance within international organizations. Ramya is a lawyer by training and is qualified to practice at the bar in India. She holds a Master of Law from New York University, and a Bachelor of Law from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. She also has over 4 years of experience working with law firms, civil society, and academic research centers on a range of issues at the intersection of law and technology, including digital ID and the digital welfare state, surveillance, information privacy, and Fintech regulation. Ramya’s research interests lie in global data law, critical data studies and science and technology studies.

 

Yuan Hao
Senior Fellow

Dr. Hao Yuan joined BCLT in January 2021 as a Senior Fellow on our Asia IP and Technology Project. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Dr. Hao taught patent law and anti-monopoly law (“AML”) at the School of Law, Tsinghua University (2015-2020). Yuan has published academic papers and articles in the fields of patent law, competition law, data protection and nano-electronics. Her most recent academic paper (En) is “Through the Anti-Monopoly Lens: What Constitutes ‘Unfairly High Patent Pricing’ in China?”. Currently Yuan is working on a practical treatise on Chinese patent law, and a research paper that aims to explore the curious contour and implications of innovation/creation in IP at the coming era of artificial intelligence. Dr. Hao has advised several IP and AML legislation projects in China. She has also participated in a dozen litigation, administrative investigation and arbitration cases, including landmark SEP cases, as an advisory panel member or expert witness. Yuan has been recently listed as an arbitrator at the International Arbitration Center in Tokyo (“IACT”). She is also a Senior Of Counsel at LexField Law. Before becoming academic Yuan practiced years in IP litigation at KWM. Yuan received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (2011), Ph.D. in Nano-electronics from Penn State University (2006), and B.S. in Physics from Peking University (1999). 

 

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Copyright Law Fellow

Kathryn Hashimoto received her BA in English from UC Berkeley and her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law. With a background in book publishing, Kathryn specializes in copyright law. Recent articles with Professor Pamela Samuelson include The Enigma of Digitized Property: A Tribute to John Perry Barlow, Duke Tech. L.J (forthcoming 2019), and Scholarly Concerns About a Proposed Copyright Small Claims Tribunal, 33 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 689 (2018), in addition to forthcoming book chapters on fair use in international copyright contexts and copyright in standards. Kathryn has also worked with Professor Samuelson and the Samuelson Clinic on amicus curiae briefs submitted to the US Supreme Court and the Second and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.

 

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Miriam Kim
Practitioner Fellow, Generative AI

Miriam Kim JD ’02 is a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, where her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, technology disputes, and high-stakes investigations. Recognized as a Woman Leader in Tech Law and Top Trade Secrets Lawyer, Miriam is a Fellow on the use of generative AI for the practice of law. Her expertise spans trade secrets, copyright infringement, false advertising, and various business litigations with clients like Intel, Lyft, and Applied Materials. At MTO, Miriam is part of the Management Committee and Generative AI Task Force. Miriam holds leadership positions in the community, including as a leader of the Silicon Valley chapter of ChIPs and past president of the Asian American Bar Association, and she has been lauded for her dedication to diversity and inclusion. A Harvard and Berkeley Law graduate, she clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit for Judge Levin Campbell.