Ming-Tao Yang focuses on litigating patent and trade secret disputes, counseling clients on intellectual property matters, inter partes reviews (IPRs) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and opinions of counsel.
His technical expertise encompasses artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous driving, computing devices, networking, electronics, integrated circuits (ICs), semiconductors, solar, light emitting diodes (LEDs), liquid crystal displays (LCDs), software, fitness equipment, and financial technologies.
He has litigated more than 40 cases in U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), California state courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also has significant experience in standard-essential patents (SEPs), SEP license negotiations, damages analyses, and FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) royalty issues.
Ming draws on more than 15 years of litigation and counseling experience to advise clients in Asia and the United States on litigation, IPRs, license negotiations, portfolio management, and trade secret protections.
He handles matters involving various AI applications, autonomous driving, automobile technologies, semiconductors, networking, wireless communications, telecommunication standards, ICs, memory devices (including flash memories and DRAMs), LCDs, LEDs, power amplifiers, SEPs, and cloud computing. Ming has been recognized as an “IP Star” in California by Managing Intellectual Property.
Ming serves as lead counsel, managing and litigating district court patent cases involving computer networking, semiconductors, memory devices, and displays; state court actions involving trade secret disputes; ITC investigations involving SEPs and wireless technologies; IPRs involving semiconductor devices, semiconductor manufacturing processes, and memory devices; and appeals involving display devices, semiconductors, and power amplifiers.
Ming has also worked on license negotiations involving portfolios ranging from dozens of patents to tens of thousands of patents, SEP licenses (such as 5G, 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, HDMI, MPEG, and Bluetooth), FRAND (royalty and breach of FRAND disputes), and cross-license negotiations involving semiconductor, memory, telecommunication, automation, and software technologies.
Ming has litigated in various California state courts and federal district courts, including the U.S. district courts for the Northern District of California, Central District of California, Southern District of California, Eastern District of Texas, District of Massachusetts, Northern District of Illinois, District of Colorado, Western District of Washington, Western District of Wisconsin, and Northern District of Alabama.
Ming defended an IC company against patent infringement assertions in the ITC by a leading, well-known wireless technology licensor and prevailed on non-infringement, invalidity, and domestic industry. He has also defended clients against various assertions by non-practicing entities (NPEs) in the IC, semiconductor, security surveillance, and home appliance industries and secured unconditional dismissals.
He defended a supplier of computer networking devices against a competitor’s patent infringement assertions, leading to the voluntary dismissal of all claims by the competitor-patentee. In a declaratory judgment action against a foreign patentee, Ming obtained a dismissal and successfully defended the dismissal in both Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court appeals.
Ming frequently speaks, teaches, and publishes on a variety of IP-related topics, including litigation, licensing, trade secrets, strategic portfolio management, and patent enforcement. He served as an adjunct professor and has been frequently invited as a guest speaker at both law and business schools on patent litigation, trade secret protections, SEPs, and discovery.
In 2017, Ming received a Top 10 Distinguished Alumnus Award from NCTU’s (National Chiao Tung University of Taiwan) Department of Mechanical Engineering, and in 2018 he was elected one of NCTU’s top 60 distinguished alumni leaders from the past 60 years.
- George Washington University Law School J.D., with high honors, 2002
- National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1995
- National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan B.S., Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, 1994
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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