Ming-Tao Yang focuses on litigating patent and trade secret suits in various forums, including federal district courts across the United States, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the U. S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit.
Mr. Yang draws on his IP litigation experience to counsel clients on issues relating to inter partes reviews (IPRs), license negotiations, and IP portfolio management and strategic planning. He handles matters relating to various technical areas, from computing hardware to software, and from consumer electronics to fitness equipment. Mr. Yang has also handles litigation and license matters relating to telecommunications, light emitting diodes (LEDs), integrated circuits (ICs), power amplifiers, computer networking, touch panels, and display devices.
Mr. Yang regularly travels to Asia and counsels Asian clients on litigation, licensing, IPR, and prosecution matters. He frequently speaks, teaches, and publishes in the United States and Asia on best IP practices and how companies can strategically manage their IP and IP litigation matters.
- Managed and litigated a multi-forum patent license dispute, resulting in significantly discounted royalty obligations by over 20 times.
- Litigated a single-patent suit for a small innovative company in the portable electronics industry and gained a license of hundreds of patents from an industry leading player.
- Defended an integrated circuit company against patent infringement assertions in the ITC by a leader in wireless technologies and prevailed on non-infringement, invalidity, and domestic industry.
- Defended various assertions by non-practicing entities in the semiconductor, security surveillance, and home appliance industries and secured unconditional dismissals.
- Defended patent suit by a major analog IC company against a rising analog IC startup and secured an unconditional dismissal.
- Defended companies in trade-secret suits in state courts.
- Obtained the dismissal of a declaratory-judgment-action against a foreign patentee for lack of declaratory-judgment-action jurisdiction and successfully defended the dismissal during Federal Circuit and Supreme Court appeals.
- Defended a supplier of computer networking devices against a competitor’s patent infringement assertions, leading to the voluntary dismissal of all claims by the competitor-patentee.
- Serves as an assistant professor at National Chiao Tung University Law School and teaches various patent litigation courses, 2005-2016.
- Serves as an adjunct professor at the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, teaching courses in “IP Law and Practice in the United States,” 2010; served as an adjunct professor at the Renmin University School of Law, IP Institute, teaching “IP Law and Practice in the United States”; and at the Renmin University Business School, teaching “Managing Intellectual Property for Business Growth,” 2009.
- Recognized as an "IP Star" in Palo Alto, California by Managing Intellectual Property, 2014-2015.
- Recognized as a Northern California "Rising Star" in Intellectual Property Litigation, Super Lawyers, 2009.
- Coauthor. "Suppliers' Indemnity Risk for Patent Infringement Claims Against Customers," Commercial Times, April 12, 2016.
- Coauthor. "Security and Privacy: Storing Trade Secrets in the Cloud—Bad Idea?" Cloud Computing Journal, Dec. 4, 2015.
- Coauthor. "Protecting Trade Secrets of Non-U.S. Companies—U.S. Law as an Additional, Stronger Safeguard,” Commercial Times, June 9, 2015.
- Coauthor. "Combating Patent Litigation: The Dark Cloud Over Cloud Computing," Cloud Computing Journal, June 4, 2015.
- Coauthor. "Letting the Sun Shine: Getting IP Rights Despite Challenges," Cloud Computing Journal, April 10, 2015.
- Coauthor. "Patent Damages ‘Zero Out’ After IPRs–Intervening Rights and Patentees’ Admissions," Commercial Times, Dec. 9, 2014.
- Coauthor. "Recovering Attorney's Fees From Patentees in U.S. Litigation," Commercial Times, June 24, 2014.
- Coauthor. "Increased Damages for Patent Infringement in Japan," Corporate Counsel, Feb. 24, 2014.
- Coauthor. "Lowered Risks of U.S. Patent Infringement for Component Suppliers," Commercial Times, Dec. 3, 2013.
- Coauthor. "Bubbles Bursting for Indirect Infringement," Managing Intellectual Property Chinese Edition, Sept. 2013.