Partner, Tech & IP Transactions, PatentEsque Law Group, LLP

Joseph Yang is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP in Silicon Valley, with 30 years’  experience in technology/patent transactions and strategic partnerships.  In the technology transactions area, Joe has led hundreds of deals worth billions of dollars, for IT, electronics, entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare, robotics, manufacturing & energy clients, especially cross-industry (e.g., JVs, IoT, interoperability and convergence) deals.  In the patent transactions area, Joe has a particular focus on the licensing of standards-essential patents for wireless connectivity, audio/video and other applications.

Joe is also an expert witness for high-stakes IP licensing disputes, with experience in the patent, trademark, software, semiconductor, pharmaceutical and other areas.

Joe is also an educator.  He teaches “Technology & Patent Licensing” at Stanford Law School, and chairs the nationwide “Advanced Licensing” and “Advanced Patent Licensing” and “Understanding the IP License” seminars at the Practising Law Institute.

Earlier, Joe was General Counsel of Cryptography Research, handling its IP development, licensing (10+ billion devices/year), litigation and eventual M&A ($400M+).  Before that, Joe co-founded and later led the “IP Strategy & Transactions” practice at Skadden, Arps (Palo Alto).

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) publications has repeatedly named Joe one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists,” World’s Leading Patent Professionals” and “IAM Global Leaders.”  Joe is also recognized by SuperLawyers and various Marquis Who’s Who publications.

Joe serves on the boards of the Licensing Executives Society (Silicon Valley chapter) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley.  He holds a J.D. (Stanford) and Ph.D. (Caltech, engineering).