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Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series with Rachel Kassabian, J.D. ’97

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rachel Herrick Kassabian is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Silicon Valley office, and serves as Chair of the firm’s Internet Litigation Practice. She handles a wide variety of intellectual property disputes for her clients, with a special focus on Internet technology and Internet sector businesses. Her areas of expertise include copyright infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition. In particular, for more than a decade Ms. Kassabian has successfully defended various leading service providers asserting safe harbor under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Ms. Kassabian has handled many precedent-setting, bet the company cases for some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent companies during her more than two decades of practice. She successfully defended Google in the Perfect 10 v. Google litigation challenging the legality of Google’s Web Search and Image Search services. She also successfully defeated a trade secret misappropriation case brought against Pinterest by a plaintiff who claimed that the idea for Pinterest was his, and was stolen from him. Currently, Ms. Kassabian is defending the Boy Scouts of America in a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

Ms. Kassabian regularly advises startups and other tech clients, big and small, on intellectual property issues and best practices, to help them minimize and manage litigation risk while they grow their businesses.

The Traphagen Series began twenty years ago; the generosity of the late Ross Traphagen ’49 enables the Law School to bring students and notable alumni together in informal settings and encourage greater interaction.


April 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Hauser Hall 102 Malkin Classroom


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