Pieter de Ganon focuses his practice on cross-border litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on complex commercial and intellectual property issues. Mr. de Ganon has assisted companies in the prosecution and defense of intellectual property lawsuits in U.S. federal court and before the ITC regarding semiconductor design and manufacture, lithography, optics, and rare-earth magnets. He has also represented companies in suits arising from actual or potential mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions. Resident in the firm’s Tokyo office through 2017, Mr. de Ganon’s representative Japan-based clients include SoftBank, Hitachi, Toshiba, Renesas, Yahoo Japan, Sanyo, Nikon, and Fujifilm.
Mr. de Ganon is also involved in the firm’s extensive pro bono practice in Japan and the United States. He was part of the team that secured asylum in Japan for an Afghan engineer—a rare feat in a country that grants refugee status to just 0.3 percent of asylum-seekers. More recently, he worked with the team that secured a preliminary injunction requiring the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to improve conditions in its Arizona detention facilities.
Before entering private practice, Mr. de Ganon served as law clerk to Judge Leonard B. Sand of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge John T. Noonan, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. de Ganon graduated from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Furman Academic Scholar, received the David Friedman Memorial Award in evidence law, and served as an articles editor for the New York University Law Review. Mr. de Ganon received a B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He also attended Tokyo University as a Japanese Ministry of Education Scholar and Kyoto University as a Fulbright Scholar.
While in Tokyo, Mr. de Ganon taught law at Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy. He speaks Japanese and Dutch.
SanDisk v. Toshiba Corporation (multijurisdictional litigation).Represented Toshiba Corporation in its litigation and arbitration against SanDisk regarding a dispute over the Japanese firm’s plans to sell its $18 billion chip unit. The dispute involved three California state court proceedings, two Tokyo district court cases and three International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations. The matter was settled favorably after Toshiba successfully obtained favorable rulings before the California state court and the arbitral tribunal.
Confidential Arbitration.Represented a multinational corporation in a multibillion dollar contractual dispute regarding the scope of a patent cross-license agreement.
Certain Sintered Rare-Earth Magnets and Products Containing Same (ITC, 337-TA-855).Represented complainant Hitachi Metals and its U.S. affiliate in a landmark investigation involving 29 respondents before the U.S. International Trade Commission regarding infringement of certain Hitachi Metals patents by the sale into the United States of certain sintered rare-earth magnets. Following favorable settlements with virtually all respondents, the investigation was terminated by Hitachi Metals prior to trial.
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