Jones Day partner Randy Kay recognized as an Intellectual Property Trailblazer

The National Law Journal has named Randy Kay, a partner in Jones Day's Intellectual Property Practice resident in San Diego, to its list of Intellectual Property Trailblazers for 2020. Through the various Trailblazers special supplements, the NLJ recognizes movers and shakers in the legal industry who have made an impact in their sector through new types of strategies or innovative court cases.

Mr. Kay has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the need for comprehensive trade secret protection worldwide, and in doing so, gained an international reputation as a thought leader and established himself among the go-to courtroom lawyers for trade secrets disputes. He has decades of trade secret experience in trial, arbitration, and appeal, representing technology titans, inventors, and others in trade secret matters in forums worldwide. 

Representing semiconductor innovator Micron, Randy achieved a landmark decision of first impression on personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, a matter with sufficient importance to be cited by President Donald J. Trump in his September 24, 2019 address to the United Nations assembly—as an example warranting the subsequent "phase one" trade agreement. 

In representing Qualcomm against Apple, he led the Qualcomm team asserting misappropriation of software and source code trade secrets for technology used in iPhones and iPads. Mr. Kay's cross-practice team won critical pleadings battles and defeated three serial writs leading to a global multibillion-dollar settlement of litigation in 2019. 

As a trade secret thought leader, he has spoken at engagements worldwide among legislators, judges, industry leaders, academics, and practitioners regarding the strength of U.S. trade secret protection as a model for other countries to follow. He also co-wrote a popular treatise, published by the State Bar of California, on trade secret protection and litigation used by judges, practitioners, and academics.

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