Alyssa Allen
Introducing Our New VP of Client Development

Paragon is proud to welcome Alyssa Allen as our new Vice President, Client Development. As former AGC at Cadence Design Systems, Alyssa understands the needs and operations of in-house legal groups in a way that will enable her to be uniquely effective in working with Paragon's growing client base. At Cadence, Alyssa managed the defense of a set of multimillion dollar patent infringement actions in which a full defense verdict was awarded. The consummate over-achiever, Alyssa graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a 4.0, and cum laude from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. Not one to be bored, Alyssa likes to hike, bike, swim and run in the free time that she has outside of work and raising three young kids. Although adventure travel is not in her cards these days, she has fond memories of a 3-week trek she took on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal many years ago. She hiked 8 hours a day with a full pack on her back. We know Alyssa will bring her lively spirit and dedication to her new role at Paragon. Welcome aboard Alyssa!

Open Source or Open Sores?

Paragon has always advised clients to approach the use of open source with caution, given the limited case law on open source, and the increasing rate at which open source licensors have been pursuing claims against alleged violators of open source licenses. The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Jacobsen v. Katzer, holding that the terms of the Artistic License are enforceable copyright conditions, should serve to remind any companies who have decided to use open source to comply carefully with the terms of the applicable open source license. If you're a company considering using open source in your products, approach open source like open sores—with great care and caution! Contact Paragon for assistance in conducting an open source audit for your company.

How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Protect a Poll?

The DNC enlisted well over 10,000 attorneys through its website to help monitor polls, assist with ballot issues, and be at the ready for potential litigation arising from the 2008 Presidential Election. Although the attorneys (including several of Paragon's own) were dispatched all over the nation from Reno, Nevada to Columbus, Ohio, the state of Florida was ground zero, with Obama's campaign focusing over 5,000 of its volunteer attorneys in that state. The Republicans also enlisted the assistance of attorneys, although the McCain campaign declined to state how many.

 Paragon's Terrible Twos

We are hoping the "terrible twos" are a good thing for Paragon! On October 16, we celebrated our 2nd year anniversary at supperclub sf with 70 of our clients and attorneys, thanking them for their support with great food and drink, an inspiring presentation from Stanford GSB Professor Jennifer Aaker, and an eye-opening aerialist.

Supperclub SF

 Our Pick for City Eats

Since Paragon’s move to the city of San Francisco, we’ve gained expertise in a new area—eating. Answering strong demand from our clients, we’ll be mentioning a few of our favorites spots periodically, in hopes of getting you out of your offices and on to the streets of San Francisco! Our top pick for this issue:

COCO500—Paragon founder and Managing Attorney Mae O'Malley loves this subtle SOMA spot. Known by discerning locals for its perfectly executed cocktails and uber-fresh cuisine, this is a perfect spot for a business lunch or a festive night out with friends. Chef and owner Loretta Keller earned her fame at Bizou, which she eventually closed and reinvented as COC0500. In addition to COC0500, Keller has teamed-up with star chef Charles Phan from The Slanted Door to create two unique restaurants at the newly opened California Academy of Sciences.