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Keith Askoff, Varian Medical. Handout photo.

Looking back, Keith Askoff, vice president and associate general counsel for intellectual property at Varian Medical Systems Inc., said he’s not sure how he survived the last couple of years.

In addition to continuing to oversee his company’s IP procurement and to provide legal counsel to its executives, Askoff was put in charge of the IP aspect of a Board-approved spinoff of Varian’s components business. As if that weren’t enough, though, he also managed infringement litigation that spanned about half a dozen jurisdictions, in the U.S. and abroad, and culminated with a walkaway settlement in the two-year patent battle initiated by Varian’s rival Elekta (litigation that landed Varian another award from The Recorder this year).

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Kristen Rasmussen

Kristen Rasmussen is an Atlanta-based reporter who covers corporate law departments and in-house attorneys.

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