Yar R. Chaikovsky is Global Co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office. He oversees the firm’s 100-plus lawyer IP practice. He serves as lead trial counsel for some of the most preeminent global technology companies in their most important matters. Throughout his career, Mr. Chaikovsky has won jury trials and ITC hearings in addition to obtaining summary judgments and summary determinations. This success has led him to be accepted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and to be praised by numerous leading publications as one of the nation’s top patent trial lawyers. Mr. Chaikovsky was Yahoo!’s first head patent counsel. Before practicing law, he was an engineer in the missile systems defense department of Hughes Aircraft Company.
Managing IP recently named Yar Chaikovsky to their 2018 shortlist for “Outstanding Litigator – California.” He has been recognized by IAM Patent 1000 as a “Charismatic top-tier trial lawyer" who “has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, which he uses to provide relevant, practical business advice on key IP issues. He also has a work ethic that is second to none.” “He keeps himself up to date on everything and doesn’t just give you the textbook options when someone sues you.” He was singled out as a “trial attorney who scored big” and “demonstrated a track record of success” due to his trial preparation and presentation when The National Law Journal named him a "Winning Litigator." Benchmark Litigation also recognized Mr. Chaikovsky as a finalist for Intellectual Property Litigator of the Year and a National Litigation Star, while calling him “a hell of a lawyer and has some ‘buzzy star power’ about him.” Intellectual Asset Management notes that he “communicates exceptionally well and doesn’t let technical jargon dominate his arguments and thinking. He is a talented trial lawyer who deserves high recognition.” He is lauded by Chambers for being a “very sharp and detail-oriented litigator” with an “assertive, thorough and thoughtful approach” to litigation, in addition to having an “ability to adopt the viewpoint of in-house counsel” in order to best achieve client objectives. The National Law Journal also named Mr. Chaikovsky as one of its Intellectual Property Trailblazers where he was identified as being “a thought leader in patent litigation in the United States” due to “his innovative trial work protecting corporations using aggressive litigation strategies.”
In addition, Mr. Chaikovsky has been a lauded patent litigator and ITC practitioner by a number of other leading ranking directories, including:
Mr. Chaikovsky has litigated both in district courts and the ITC in technology fields as diverse as networking and broadband infrastructure; semiconductors; LEDs; wireless communication standards such as Bluetooth, CDMA, SMS, and WiFi; video compression; navigation systems; software; hardware; consumer electronics; analog devices; and medical devices.
He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. In representing entities such as Rovi (now TiVo) and Thomson against multiple entities, his clients received payments of over $1 billion. In representing defendants, he has defeated claims that in aggregate exceed over $1 billion.
Throughout his career, his clients have included:
Mr. Chaikovsky is the author of numerous publications and a frequent speaker on the subject of intellectual property, including:
The Recorder Recognizes Paul Hastings’s Yar Chaikovsky and Philip Ou as California Trailblazers
June 25, 2019
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2019 Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars
June 24, 2019
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2019 IAM Patent 1000 as One of the Most Sophisticated Patent Litigation Practices
June 07, 2019
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2019
May 01, 2019
Yar Chaikovsky Named Top Intellectual Property Lawyer by the Daily Journal
April 25, 2019
Yar Chaikovsky Named Law360 Appellate MVP
November 30, 2018
Yar Chaikovsky Named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer
October 05, 2018
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2018 Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars
June 18, 2018
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2018 IAM Patent 1000 For Superb Track Record in Patent Litigation
June 15, 2018
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018
May 11, 2018
Yar Chaikovsky Named Law360 Technology MVP
December 28, 2017
Trend Micro’s Complete Victory Against Intellectual Ventures Enhanced by Partial Award of Legal Fees
September 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2017 IAM Patent 1000 for Pristine Patent Litigation Track Record
August 08, 2017
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
June 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Intellectual Property Practice Continues Leadership in PTAB Filings
February 09, 2017
Paul Hastings IP Litigators Recognized By National Law Journal
December 08, 2016
Paul Hastings’ Litigators Score High Rankings in 2017 Benchmark Litigation
October 21, 2016
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016
June 08, 2016
Fairchild Scores $2.4 Million Jury Verdict After Two Week Trial in District of Delaware
June 11, 2015
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015
May 20, 2015
Paul Hastings Prevails in a High-Profile Patent Litigation Win in Delaware
April 28, 2015
Nationally Recognized Technology Patent Trial Team Join Paul Hastings in Palo Alto and Washington, D.C.
March 30, 2015
Key Takeaways for Practitioners from the Athena v. Mayo En Banc Rehearing Petition Denial
July 15, 2019
Senate Hearing on “The State of Patent Eligibility in America”: Analysis of Viewpoints on Looming Section 101 Change
June 25, 2019
Berkheimer and Aatrix En Banc Denial: a Divided Federal Circuit on Alice Step Two
June 04, 2018
No Physical Place, No Regular and Established Place of Business: The Federal Circuit Strikes Down Judge Gilstrap’s Patent Venue Framework
September 25, 2017
Visual Memory LLC v. NVIDIA Corp.: Panel-dependency for § 101 Challenges at the 12(b)(6) Stage
August 23, 2017
ED Texas Interpreting TC Heartland-What Constitutes "Regular and Established Place of Business"?
July 06, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court Expands Applicability of Patent Exhaustion Doctrine
May 30, 2017
McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America: Federal Circuit Revives Software Patents Held Ineligible
September 21, 2016
Enfish v. Microsoft: Not All Software Is Abstract Through Alice's Looking Glass
May 16, 2016
Intellectual Property Rights in the New Frontier of Health Tech
January 16, 2020
Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute
December 12, 2019
Recognized by Chambers USA 2019
Chambers USA 2019: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 44 practice areas and named 107 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
April 26, 2019
Recognized as the 2019 Post-Grant Firm of the Year by IAM Magazine
Paul Hastings was recognized as the Post-Grant Firm of the Year at Intellectual Asset Management's inaugural Global IP Awards. The award recognizes the achievements of the firm's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Team, which practices before the US Patent & Trial Office. Over the past year, the team's accomplishments include numerous post-grant proceeding victories for technology and life sciences clients - four of which were affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
January 30, 2019
Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 45 research areas and named 112 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 15, 2018
Law360 MVP Awards for 2017: Technology
Yar Chaikovsky was named an MVP award winner by Law360 under the "Technology" category. The article noted his successful representation of Trend Micro, in a patent infringement suit filed by Intellectual Ventures, as his biggest accomplishment this year. The article also noted his successful representation of HTC, invalidating eight video and data patents and over 200 claims asserted by Virginia Innovation Sciences. Law360 reviewed more than 750 submissions, selecting attorneys with “successes in high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals and complex global matters” as this year’s MVP award winners.
Paul Hastings IP Practice Honored in 2017 IAM Patent 1000
Intellectual Asset Management highlighted Paul Hastings' IP practice in IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals. The guide ranked the firm's practices Nationwide as well as in New York and Washington, DC. Paul Hastings partners were ranked in California: Yar Chaikovsky; New York: Joseph O'Malley; Gerald Flattmann; Preston Ratliff; Bruce Wexler; Samuel Waxman; Washington DC: Naveen Modi; Blair Jacobs; Joseph Palys; and Allan Soobert; and in Japan: Hiroyuki Hagiwara. Paul Hastings attorneys were also recognized in IAM's Nationwide tables: Yar Chaikovsky and Blair Jacobs were recommended for International Trade Commission litigation; Jacobs was recommended for his experience in Federal Circuit appellate litigation; and Naveen Modi and Joseph Palys were both recognized for their strength in post-grant proceedings. Preston Ratliff was also noted in the IAM Strategy 300, which recognizes individuals for their work in protecting intellectual property as a key business asset.
June 06, 2017
Recognized by Chambers USA 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
National Law Journal names Paul Hastings IP Partners as Winning Litigators, Trailblazers
In successive days, the National Law Journal honored members of Paul Hastings IP Litigation team with two nationwide recognitions. In the first recognition, NLJ named Yar Chaikovsky as named a Winning Litigator for his success representing the internet security company, Trend Micro, Inc in the US District Court of Delaware. In the second award, NLJ jointly named Chaikovsky, Blair Jacobs, and Chris Kennerly as Trailblazers in Litigation for their defense of AT&T against Cellular Communications Equipment LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Group. NLJ received hundreds of nominations for each of the annual series, which are among their most competitive.
December 06, 2016
Benchmark Litigation 2017
Benchmark Litigation recognized Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Douglas Flaum, Holly House, Joseph O'Malley, Barry Sher, Peter Stone, William Sullivan, Bruce Wexler, William K. Whitner, and Thomas Zaccaro as Litigation Stars in its 2017 guide, which focuses exclusively on litigation in the United States. The guide is the result of six months of research, including extensive interviews with litigators and
clients as well as a close examination of recent casework handled by the firm. The firm was ranked in Tier 1 for U.S. Intellectual Property and as Highly Recommended in California.
October 21, 2016
Recognized by Chambers USA 2016
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016
Paul Hastings IP Practice Honored in 2016 IAM Patent 1000
Intellectual Asset Management highlighted Paul Hastings' IP practice in its IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2016. The guide ranked the firm’s Nationwide, New York, Washington, D.C., and Georgia IP practices; and partners Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Blair Jacobs, Robin McGrath, Naveen Modi, Joseph O'Malley, Joseph Palys, Preston Ratliff, Samuel Waxman, and Bruce Wexler were recognized as leading lawyers.
May 27, 2016
Benchmark Litigation 2016
Benchmark Litigation recognized Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Douglas Flaum, Holly House, Joseph O'Malley, Barry Sher, Peter Stone, William Sullivan, Bruce Wexler, and William K. Whitner as Litigation Stars in its 2016 guide, which focuses exclusively on litigation in the United States and is the result of six-months of research that includes extensive interviews with litigators, clients and a close examination of recent casework handled by the firm. The firm was ranked as Highly Recommended in California, and in Tier 2 for US Intellectual Property.
Additionally, the firm was shortlisted for the 2016 Benchmark Litigation US Awards in the State Firm Awards – California category, and Yar Chaikovsky was shortlisted in the Practice Area Attorneys of the Year – Intellectual Property category.
Paul Hastings IP Practice Honored in 2015 IAM Patent 1000
Intellectual Asset Management highlighted Paul Hastings' IP practice in its IAM
Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2015. The guide ranked the firm’s Nationwide, New York, and Washington, D.C. IP practices; and partners Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Blair Jacobs, Naveen Modi, Joseph O'Malley, Steven Park, Jeff Randall, Preston Ratliff, Allan Soobert, and Bruce Wexler were recognized as leading lawyers.
June 17, 2015
Managing IP's 2015 IP Stars
Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Blair Jacobs, Chris Kennerly, Naveen Modi, Joseph O'Malley, and Bruce Wexler were named 2015 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Nationwide, the firm's Intellectual Property practice was ranked in the Bio/Life Sciences, Copyright, and Patent Contentious categories. In New York, the firm was ranked Highly Recommended in the Patent Contentious category, and in California, the firm was ranked Recommended in the Copyright and Patent Contentious categories.
May 15, 2015
Daily Journal Recognizes Chris Kennerly and Yar Chaikovsky as Top IP Attorneys
Chris Kennerly and Yar
Chaikovsky were recognized by the Daily Journal in its 2015 Top
Intellectual Property lawyers list.