Joseph Yang is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP, and previously served as VP & General Counselof Cryptography Research, Inc. until its acquisition by Rambus Inc.
Joe specializes in structuring and negotiating IP-centric deals (patent licensing/sales, tech transactions, JVs and M&A), and in the use of patents as strategic business assets. He has been lead counsel on hundreds of deals involving billions of dollars in value – across the computer, electronics, semiconductor, internet, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Joe has also been an arbitrator, overseen complex patent litigation, and developed and licensed worldwide corporate patent portfolios.
Joe is a recognized authority on IP law. He is profiled in Marquis “Who’s Who in American Law” and “Who’s Who in America.” He has also been named one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists,” as well as one of the one of the “World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers,” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. Joe co-chairs the “Advanced Licensing” & “Advanced Patent Licensing” courses at PLI, and frequently lectures before the Licensing Executives Society, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and other organizations. He has written for journals & books, and been cited by courts & treatises, on patent and licensing law. Joe has also co-taught the “Patent Law and Policy” course at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
Before PatentEsque Law Group, Joe co-founded and later led the IP Strategy & Transactions practice in the Palo Alto office of Skadden, Arps. Before becoming an attorney, Joe was a research engineer in the aerospace and energy industries. He holds a J.D. from Stanford and a Ph.D. (in engineering) from the California Institute of Technology, where he has served on the boards of the Alumni Association, and the Caltech Associates.