Ming-Tao Yang focuses on litigating patent and trade secret suits relating to various technical areas, from computing hardware to software, and from consumer electronics to fitness equipment. He has litigated over 30 cases in federal district courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), California state courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Yang draws on his nearly 15 years of experience to counsel Asian and U.S. clients on issues relating to litigation, inter partes reviews (IPRs), license negotiations, and portfolio management. He handles matters involving telecommunications, light emitting diodes (LEDs), integrated circuits (ICs), power amplifiers, computer networking, cloud computing, touch panels, and display devices.
Mr. Yang frequently speaks, teaches, and publishes on a variety of IP-related topics, including litigation, licensing, trade secrets, strategic portfolio management, and patent enforcement.
- Managed and litigated a multi-forum patent license dispute, resulting in heavily-discounted royalty obligations.
- Litigated a patent infringement action for a small innovative company in the portable electronics industry, resulting in a license involving hundreds of patents from an industry leader.
- Defended an IC company against patent infringement assertions in the ITC by a leading, well-known wireless technology licensor and prevailed on non-infringement, invalidity, and domestic industry.
- Defended various assertions by non-practicing entities in the IC, semiconductor, security surveillance, and home appliance industries and secured unconditional dismissals.
- Defended a patent suit by a major analog IC company against a rising analog IC startup and secured an unconditional dismissal.
- Defended trade secret suits in California state courts.
- Obtained the dismissal of a declaratory-judgment-action against a foreign patentee 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 in Taiwan, teaching patent litigation and licensing courses, 2005-present.
- Recognized as an "IP Star" in California by Managing Intellectual Property, 2014-2016.
- 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.