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     After nine years in chemical engineering and software industries, Victoria K. Hall attended Boalt Hall, the prestigious law school at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Boalt, Ms. Hall served with Judge Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, California. Graduating in May 2004, Ms. Hall was admitted to the Maryland bar in December 2004, and opened her law practice in Rockville, Maryland. Acting as co-counsel with Los Angeles-based attorney James S. Tyre, Ms. Hall worked with a group of the nation's top computer science professors who submitted an amicus brief in the MGM v. Grokster case, one of the most closely watched U.S. Supreme Court cases in 2005. Justice Breyer cited this amicus brief in his concurring opinion. She is also counsel for Robert G. Jacobsen, plaintiff in Jacobsen v. Katzer, and successfully argued the landmark Jacobsen v. Katzer decision, 535 F.3d 1373 (Fed. Cir. 2008), which established that open source licenses were legally enforceable, and that violations of the terms of the license were copyright infringement.  The decision was named one of the top 10 intellectual property decisions of 2008.  Ms. Hall currently works for the Patent Office, and is no longer accepting new clients.

 

     Ms. Hall has been active with a number of charitable organizations, most recently Election Protection.  She is also active in alumni groups at her alma maters, University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach.  In 1995, she founded two scholarship endowments at each alma mater, which award a total of $3,000 each year to a student at each school.  At California State University, Long Beach, she gives the award during the College of Engineering graduation ceremony, and gives a short speech on the importance of giving back to the college so that other students may benefit in the future.

 

    In addition to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Ms. Hall is admitted to practice in Maryland and California state courts, the District of Columbia courts, the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland and for the Northern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

 

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