Greg Y. Sato is Managing Counsel in Intel’s Patent Transactions Group, which focuses on counseling and advising in connection with worldwide patent transactions, such as licenses, cross-licenses, acquisitions and sales, related corporate patent strategy as well as pre-litigation patent assertions. Among his other projects, Greg created and currently co-manages Intel’s worldwide Patent Sales Program and was a primary contributor to Intel regularly being a top patent seller.
Greg is a leading expert in IP strategy and transactions. He also has deep expertise in mergers and acquisitions and has worked on over 60 transactions with an aggregate deal value in excess of $15 billion. In addition, Greg has extensive experience in licensing and technology transactions, open source, industry standards, transfer pricing and corporate law.
Greg is a frequent speaker at prominent IP events and conferences, including the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Business Congress Asia, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Keizai Society.
During his career, Greg has received multiple awards for his professional work as well as for his pro bono and community service activities, including the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Office of Human Relations, Santa Clara County, in 2009.
Before joining Intel, Greg was a Director at eSilicon, a semiconductor design services start-up in Silicon Valley (which was subsequently acquired by Inphi Corporation and Synopsys, Inc.), and worked at Fenwick & West LLP, a national technology-focused law firm that is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings. During law school, Greg was a judicial extern for the now retired Honorable Vaughn Walker (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California). Before beginning his legal career, Greg also worked for TRW, IBM and Microsoft (in engineering and technical roles).