Gail Hashimoto is a member of Hopkins & Carley’s Corporate Practice and also leads the firm’s Trademark and Copyright group. For more than 30 years, Gail has worked with Silicon Valley businesses from many industries on a broad spectrum of legal needs to meet their business goals, including:
- Business organizational planning
- Formation, funding and operations
- Mergers, acquisitions, stock and asset sales
- Intellectual property protection and licensing
- Trademark & copyright registration and enforcement
In the area of intellectual property, she has advised clients on global intellectual property protection and policing, licensing, branding programs, the acquisition and monetization of intellectual property assets, and other complex intellectual property matters.
Prior to practicing law, Gail researched drug-receptor molecular interactions and computer-assisted theoretical quantum chemistry studies of bioactive molecules as a chemical pharmacologist at the Molecular Theory Laboratory in the Life Sciences Division of SRI International in Menlo Park, California.
Over the course of her career, Gail has worked with clients to address the continuing challenges of profitability, growth, and succession in achieving the goals of the businesses and owners, particularly in the middle market.
In 2020, Gail was listed as one of the 100 most influential Women in Silicon Valley by the Business Journal.
- Prepared multiple licensing structures for software for use in enterprise mode in local network environments, for website SaaS deployment, and as app-enabled access to cloud systems.
- Successfully acquired targeted trademarks for a global e‑commerce client’s new products and re-branding, while enforcing its primary marks in selected foreign jurisdictions.
- Advised a major specialty food corporation on reorganization and relocation of its production facilities, and on new product trademarks, clearance and registration.
- Represented a multinational security technology client in corporate restructuring, funding, developing an ESOP, protection of the company’s patent and trademark assets, and its acquisition by a public company.
- Represented a public purchaser of a private company holding early stage processor technology; structured and implemented a plan to hold and secure the company’s IP to avoid entanglement with purchaser’s cross-licensing obligations during initial development and milestones.
- Represented a manufacturer of biological agents in the negotiation and preparation of agreements for research, development, manufacture, and licensing of active biological compounds, cellular components, and micro-organisms for use in sensors, indicators and therapeutics.
- Advised a research laboratory on the licensing of drug analogues to pharmaceutical companies and the creation of a consortium of pharmaceutical companies to establish and share a library of virtual models of inaccessible bioactive molecules.
- Represented a private medical imaging company in its acquisition by an offshore company in the course of a foreign IPO.
- Licensing Executives Society
- International Trademark Association (INTA)
- Silicon Valley Creates, Past President and Board Member
- Pacific Autism Center for Education, Past Board Member
- Gatepath, Past Board Member
- Fremont Education Foundation, Founding Board Member
- Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member
- American Bar Association
- Santa Clara County Bar Association
- State Bar of California (1985)
- J.D., University of California, Hastings
- B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University