Biography

Joseph Yang is an IP transactions partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP.

Joe specializes in structuring & negotiating tech/IP-centric deals (technology transactions, JVs, patent licensing/sales, standards body issues, IP aspects of M&A) and in the use of IP as strategic business assets. He has led hundreds of deals involving billions of dollars in the computer, electronics, entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare, energy & manufacturing industries. Reflecting these diverse experiences, Joe often helps clients in cross-industry deals (e.g., IoT, SaaS & “big data” deals) with companies outside their own industry.

Joe also serves as an expert witness for high stakes patent & tech licensing disputes.

Joe teaches the "Patent and Technology Licensing" course at Stanford Law School, and has taught the “Patent Law and Policy” course at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Joe is a long-time chair of the “Advanced Licensing,” “Advanced Patent Licensing” and “Understanding the IP License” courses at the Practising Law Institute in NYC, SF and Chicago. He has written for journals & books, and been cited by courts & treatises, on patent & licensing law.

Joe previously served as VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), negotiating deals under which 10+ billion devices/year are made by its licensees in the smart card/phone, semiconductor, pay TV, printer & other fields. He also developed, enforced & defended CRI’s patent portfolio, and played a key role in CRI’s successful sale in a series of M&A deals (with Macrovision & Rambus) valued at $400+ million.

Before that, Joe co-founded and later led the “IP Strategy & Transactions” practice based in the Silicon Valley office of the world’s largest law firm (Skadden, Arps). He has also practiced at other large multinational law firms, and served as an arbitrator.

Joe is recognized as one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists,” “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” and “World’s Leading IP & Technology Licensing Lawyers” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) publications. IAM named Joe as 1 of only 10 "highly recommended" IP transactional attorneys in all of California -- and the only one from a boutique (non-AmLaw 100) law firm. IAM states: “Joseph Yang is a major-league deal maker and licensing authority” as well as “a transactional mastermind with arbitration and litigation skills that make him a formidable negotiator.” “He … is a creative problem solver who can clearly articulate legal risks and provide effective advice to guide business decision making.” Joe was also profiled in “Marquis Who’s Who in American Law”, “Marquis Who’s Who in America” and “Marquis Who’s Who in the World”.

Joe was originally a research engineer in the aerospace & energy fields. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. (engineering) from the California Institute of Technology, where he has been a board member of the Caltech Associates & Caltech Alumni Association.

Contact Information: Joseph Yang, PatentEsque Law Group, LLP, 2440 Sand Hill Road, Suite 400, Menlo Park, CA 94025, joe@patentesque.com, 650-233-0822

 

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