Joseph Yang is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP, and was VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc. until its acquisition by Rambus, Inc.
Joe specializes in structuring and negotiating IP-centric deals (patent & technology transactions, JVs, and IP aspects of M&A), and in using patents as strategic business assets. He has been lead counsel on hundreds of deals involving billions of dollars in value in the computer, electronics, semiconductor, entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare, energy & manufacturing industries. Joe has also been an arbitrator, overseen complex patent litigation, and developed & 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,” and has been named one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. Joe co-chairs the “Advanced Licensing,” "Understanding the IP License," and “Advanced Patent Licensing” and courses at PLI. He has written for journals & books, and been cited by courts & treatises, on patent and licensing law. Joe is co-teaching the 2014-2015 "Patent and Technology Licensing" course at Stanford Law School, and has previously 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.