Joseph Yang is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP. Before that, Joe was VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc., whose customers manufacture over 7 billion chips annually using patents and technology licensed from Cryptography Research. Before that, Joe co-founded and later led the IP Strategy & Transactions practice in the Palo Alto office of Skadden, Arps.
Joe specializes in IP-centric deals (patent licensing / sales, tech transactions, JVs and M&A), and the use of patents as strategic business assets. He has been lead counsel on hundreds of deals involving billions of dollars, in the computer, electronics, semiconductor, software, consumer products and healthcare industries. Joe has also been an arbitrator, overseen complex patent litigation, and led the development of worldwide corporate patent portfolios.
Joe is a recognized authority on IP law. He was named one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists” and one of the “World’s Leading IP and Technology Licensing Practitioners,” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. He is also listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in American Law” & “Who’s Who in America.” Here at PLI, Joe co-chairs the “Advanced Licensing” and “Advanced Patent Licensing” courses in SF, NY, and Chicago. Joe has written for journals and books, and been cited by courts and treatises. He is co-teaching the "Patent and Technology Licensing" course at Stanford Law School, and has previously co-taught “Patent Law and Policy” at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
Early in his career, 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.