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Lily Lim
+1 650 849 6619

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

+1 650 849 6600
Fax +1 650 849 6666

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. California
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. California
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Yale Law School
    J.D., Law, 1997
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1994
  • University of Illinois
    B.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, with highest honors, 1992

Judicial Clerkships

    U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • Chinese

Lily Lim


Lily Lim practices intellectual property law and works with IP issues involving cybersecurity law. She has prevailed at trial and on appeal in cases involving patent, copyright, and trade secret disputes in federal district court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Ms. Lim has represented U.S. and international clients whose technologies include integrated circuits, satellite technologies, wireless devices, software, medical devices, and diagnostic equipment. She has also provided strategic pre-litigation counseling to negotiate patent and software licenses and international manufacturing and marketing agreements.

Ms. Lim is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She provides strategic counseling on cybersecurity and privacy best practices, including security-by-design and privacy-by-design.

Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Lim served as a law clerk to the Honorable S. Jay Plager of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She also worked as a spacecraft navigation engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she worked on the Magellan Project, which successfully mapped the surface of Venus.


  • Nuance v. ABBYY (Fed. Cir.). Prevailed in affirming on appeal that a plaintiff could not have a new trial on patents and claims raised during litigation but not tried to the jury.
  • Nuance v. ABBYY (N.D. Cal). Prevailed in a jury trial, obtaining a verdict for defendants that they were not liable for $260 million in alleged damages for software patent and trademark infringement.
  • Quest v. Acclarent (E.D. Tex.). Successfully dismissed a patent suit against defendants involving medical device technology.
  • Philips Electronics v. Cardiac Science (Fed. Cir.). Prevailed in appealing a district court's adverse decision against Philips.
  • Sun Microsystems v. Microsoft (MDL). Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction of copyright infringement of software allowing Sun to negotiate a favorable $2 billion settlement.
  • First-chaired eight jury trials.
  • Served as the president of the Yale Society for Law and Technology and as senior editor of the Yale Journal of International Law.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for patent litigation, 2017.
  • Recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Litigation, Super Lawyers published by Thomson Reuters, 2015, 2016.

Professional Activities

  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement: Board Member
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley: Judicial Endorsements Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Cupertino Public Safety Commissioner
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

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