Joseph Yang is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP.
Joe specializes in structuring and negotiating IP-centric
deals (patent licensing/sales, technology transactions, JVs,
and IP aspects of mergers & acquisitions), and in the use of
patents as strategic business assets. He has been lead
counsel on hundreds of deals involving tens of billions of
dollars in value – across the computer, electronics,
semiconductor, internet, manufacturing and healthcare industries. Joe has
also been an arbitrator, overseen patent litigation, and led development of
corporate patent portfolios.
Joe previously served as VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research,
Inc. (now part of Rambus Inc.), helping it develop and monetize a patent
portfolio under which 7 billion chips a year are currently being made by the
company’s licensees worldwide.
Joe is a recognized authority on IP law. He has been named one of the
“World’s Leading IP Strategists” and “World’s Leading IP & Technology
Licensing Lawyers” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine, and is
profiled in “Marquis Who’s Who in American Law” and “Marquis Who’s Who in
America”. Joe co-chairs the “Advanced Licensing,” “Advanced Patent
Licensing” and “Understanding the IP License” courses at the Practising Law
Institute in NYC, SF and Chicago, and frequently speaks before other
organizations such as the Licensing Executives Society, the American Bar
Association, and others. He has written for journals and books, and been
cited by U.S. federal courts and 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 based in the Silicon Valley office of the multinational
law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Before that, he was at
other New York- and California-based law firms. In his early career, Joe was
a research engineer in the aerospace and energy industries. He holds a J.D.
from Stanford and a Ph.D. (engineering) from the California Institute of
Technology, where he has served on the boards of the Caltech Alumni
Association, and the Caltech Associates.