Gary C. Ma
Gary Ma, managing partner of Finnegan's Taipei office, practices patent litigation, licensing, and client counseling on intellectual property matters.
Mr. Ma's litigation experience includes handling complex patent and trade secret litigations in federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) involving a variety of technologies, including polymers, light emitting diodes, optical sensors, liquid crystal displays, projectors, IC design, and optical storage devices, as well as technologies in the chemical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and mechanical arts.
Additionally, Mr. Ma counsels clients on intellectual property issues, including advising clients in licensing negotiations, patent portfolio development, and international patent protection.
Mr. Ma regularly lectures and authors articles on patent law topics. He taught classes on U.S. patent litigation at the Institute of Technology Law at National Chiao Tung University and has also presented and participated in panels at advanced intellectual property law seminars in the United States, Taiwan, and China.
Prior to joining Finnegan, Mr. Ma interned for the Honorable Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
- Gerber Scientific Int'l. v. Roland DG Corp. (D. Conn.). Defending Roland DG against charges of patent infringement on its wide format printers.
- Certain Audiovisual Components, 337-TA-837 (ITC). Defended Realtek Semiconductor Corp. in an investigation involving its WLAN ICs. The investigation concluded with the ITC finding in Realtek's favor on non-infringement, invalidity, and complainant's failure to prove the existence of a domestic industry.
- Guardian Media Tech. v. TTE Technology Inc. (E.D. Tex.). Defended TTE against charges of patent infringement on its LCD TVs.
- Certain Polyimide Films, 337-TA-772 (ITC). Represented SKC Kolon PI and SKC Inc. in an investigation involving polyimide films; investigation concluded with a finding of no violation by the Commission on any of the four asserted patents.
- Nova Design Technologies, Ltd., v. Philips Holding U.S.A., Inc. (E.D. Penn.). Defended Philips against charges including trade secret misappropriation and various fraud claims related to infant heel warmer heating devices; won summary judgment dismissing the trade secret and fraud claims.
- Sonix Tech. Co. Ltd. v. VTech Electronics North America (E.D. Tex./N.D. Ill.). Defended VTech against charges of patent infringement on its educational toys using optical pattern recognition; successfully transferred case from E.D. Texas to client's home forum in N.D. Illinois.
- Phillip M. Adams and Assoc. v. Winbond Electronics Corp. (D. Utah). Defended Winbond against charges of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation related to its Super I/O ICs; won summary judgment dismissing trade secret claims and obtained favorable jury verdict at trial leading to settlement.
- Certain High-Brightness Light-Emitting Diodes, 337-TA 556 (ITC). Represented Epistar in an investigation involving high brightness LEDs.
- Seiko Epson Corp. V. Coretronic Corp. (N.D. Cal.). Represented Coretronic against charges of patent infringement on its digital multimedia projectors.
- Certain Optical Disk Controller Chips and Chipsets, 337-TA-523 (ITC). Represented Sunext Tech. Co. in an investigation involving DVD and CD-ROM controller ICs.
- Recognized as a leader in litigation and transactions in Taiwan by Intellectual Asset Management, which noted "Managing partner and patent law lecturer Gary Ma maneuvers with agility in both contentious and transactional settings, especially in relation to electronic technologies," 2015, 2016.
- Recognized as an "IP Star" in Taiwan by Managing Intellectual Property, 2014, 2015.
- "Negotiating Patent Licenses Effectively," Commercial Times, Dec. 8, 2015.
- Coauthor. "Lessons from U.S. IP Lawsuits Involving Taiwan Companies," Taiwan Business Topics, Aug. 2015.
- Coauthor. "Interpreting Change—A Recent U.S. Court Decision Highlights the Importance of Claim Construction and How It Can Affect Your Patents," Commercial Times, March 10, 2015.
- Author. "Invalidating U.S. Patents with New Post-Grant Proceedings—Effective and Highly Utilized, but More Challenges May Be Ahead," Commercial Times, Sept. 9, 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.
- "IP Indemnification," Managing Intellectual Property, Chinese edition and Commercial Times, Sept. 2012.
- "Recent Developments in U.S. Personal Jurisdiction Law," Commercial Times, Dec. 6, 2011.
- Coauthor. "Discovery in U.S. Patent Litigation—Being Prepared," Digitimes, Aug. 18, 2009.
- "Preparing to Enter the U.S. Market: Managing IP Risks Through Contracts and Licenses," Digitimes, Nov. 2008.