Law School/Year: Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago, 1991, Centennial Merit Scholar
Other Graduate School/Year: LL.M. in IP, George Washington University’s
National Law Center, 1992, Highest Distinction
College/Year: Magna cum laude, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, minor in Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1986
Illinois, 1992; Washington, 1994; California, 1997
Appellate; Business Litigation; Intellectual Property; Patent, Trademark & Copyright; Technology
MediaTek is a large company that in 2006 generated $1.6 billion in revenue and was a top performing company on the Taiwanese stock exchange. Sanyo sued MediaTek in the Central District of California and was seeking $200 million in damages for patent litigation. Thane Bauz represented MediaTek.
Autobytel v. Dealix -- Autobytel pioneered business to business transactions over the Internet during the 1990s, thereby allowing Internet users to buy cars online from car dealers. Bauz represented Autobytel in a patent dispute.
Datascape Inc. v. Kyocera Wireless Corp; Datascape v. Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Inc. Bauz defended Kyocera and Sony Ericsson in a six-patent assertion against almost all Kyocera and Sony Ericsson cellular phones.
Bauz is a managing partner in the San Diego office of Perkins Coie. Upon graduation from engineering school, Bauz was employed with The Boeing Co. as an electrical engineer. He went on an educational leave of absence from Boeing to accept the Centennial Merit Scholarship from Chicago-Kent College of Law and graduated from there in 1991. At Chicago-Kent, Bauz was active in extracurricular activities including serving as a professor’s research assistant and a member of the Moot Court Society. After furthering his legal education at George Washington, he also participated in an overseas study program at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, a world renowned IP institute.
Bauz has spoken at the Annual Meetings of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Licensing Executives Society and the State Bar of California. He remains active in the ACC and serves on the National Litigation Committee. Bauz has been working with ACC personnel to set-up CLEs for in-house attorneys. Due to the success of the program, the ACC doubled the number of ACC CLE events that he oversees in 2008 and again in 2010. Topics that Bauz has presented include “Portfolio Mining: Sweat Equity Pays Dividends,” “Strategic IP Portfolio Management” and “Top Ten Federal Circuit Decisions.”
Bauz has been active in helping to preserve his La Jolla community. He worked pro bono in an environmental dispute concerning construction of an industrial facility in an area zoned for single-family residences. It was the first time that the California Coastal Commission authorized a revocation hearing concerning issuance of a building permit for the government. This was a newsworthy event and served as a good introduction for Bauz to numerous friends and business contacts in the La Jolla community.
Bauz and his wife live in a house that they have been renovating in La Jolla since 1999. Bauz has been active in his community, nominated as a member of the Architectural Committee for his homeowners association for a five-year term, which included numerous hours of pro bono work for his community and its residents. He also volunteers his time to obtain sponsorship opportunitiesas well as assist in ACC charity efforts that have raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities such as Angels Foster Family Network.