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Ming-Tao Yang
+1 650 849 6783
ming.yang@finnegan.com

Stanford Research Park
3300 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1203

+1 650 849 6600
Fax +1 650 849 6666

12D, 167 DunHua North Road
Taipei 105
Taiwan

+ 886 2 2712 7001
Fax + 886 2 2712 7080

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • George Washington University Law School
    J.D., with high honors, 2002
  • National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
    M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1995
  • National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
    B.S., Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, 1994

Languages

  • Chinese

Ming-Tao Yang

Partner

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Professional Recognition

  • 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.

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