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Arnold Brown Joins Schwabe's Technology Industry Group in Our New Mountain View, CA, Office


Arnold Brown, former in-house counsel for Silicon Image (Lattice) and Chairman of the HDMI Forum, has joined Schwabe’s Technology industry group.  Arnold returns to private practice with a focus on Intellectual Property licensing, Standard Development Organizations (technology trade organizations or “SDOs”) formation/representation, and offering outsourced general counsel work to Bay Area start-ups.

By adding Arnold to Schwabe’s Technology team, Schwabe continues to grow through its new organizational focus on providing holistic services for clients in six industries: Technology; Manufacturing and Distribution; Natural Resources; Healthcare; Transportation, Ports and Maritime; and Real Estate and Construction. The organization is a direct response to a growing demand from clients and business executives who are asking for more than high-quality legal services. They want partners who have a deep knowledge of their industries and can offer value beyond legal counsel.

“We value Arnold’s skills, relationships, and entrepreneurial spirit, and we think he will help us take advantage of a unique opportunity to expand what we do in the technology industry in a way that leverages our strengths,” said Mark Long, Schwabe’s Managing Partner. “With Arnold on board, Schwabe is well positioned to pursue Bay Area clients and exploit gaps in the service offerings of larger Bay Area firms.”

Arnold has been working in-house at a series of semiconductor firms for the past 15 years. Over the last 5 years, he has focused primarily on technology SDOs and IP licensing. Arnold was most recently with chipmaker Silicon Image, where he served as Vice President of Licensing and Intellectual Property. In addition, he was Chairman of the HDMI Forum, the standards group responsible for the HDMI cable. Throughout the course of his career, Arnold has represented companies in over 20 technology standards.

In addition to an expertise in technology standards, Arnold has expertise in patent sale transactions, patent licensing transactions, patent pooling, joint IP licensing, and management of IP licensing programs. Earlier in his career, Arnold focused on representing start-up technology companies in Silicon Valley as in-house General Counsel and also as an attorney at Venture Law Group and Pillsbury Winthrop. He also knows firsthand the challenges faced by start-up founders, having started and sold a digital music company in the late 1990s.

Arnold received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and his B.A. from Harvard University.


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