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Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014

Author(s): Joseph Yang, Ira Jay Levy
Practice Area: Intellectual Property
Published: Jan 2014
PLI Item #: 51356
CHB Spine #: G1165, G1166

Joseph Yang is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP

Joe specializes in structuring and negotiating patent/tech- centric deals (especially licensing and joint ventures), and in the use of IP as strategic business assets.  He has been lead counsel on hundreds of deals involving tens of billions of dollars in value – across the computer/software/electronics, semiconductor, entertainment, consumer goods, manufacturing and healthcare industries.  Joe has also been an arbitrator, overseen patent litigation, led development of corporate patent portfolios, and served as an expert witness in the area of patent licensing. 

Joe is also currently a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, where he co-teaches the "Patent and Technology Licensing" course.  He previously co-taught the “Patent Law and Policy” course as an adjunct faculty member at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

Joe previously served as VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc. (now part of Rambus Inc.), playing a key role in developing and implementing a patent licensing program under which more than 8 billion devices a year are currently being made by the company’s licensees worldwide in the smartcard, semiconductor, pay TV, printer and other industries, as well as developing and managing the company's patent portfolio.

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”, “Marquis Who’s Who in America”, and “Marquis Who’s Who in the World”.  Joe co-chairs the “Advanced Patent Licensing,” “Advanced Licensing” and “Understanding the IP License” courses at the Practising Law Institute in NYC, SF and Chicago.  He has written for journals and books, and been cited by U.S. federal courts and treatises, on patent and licensing 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 Law School and a Ph.D. (engineering) from the California Institute of Technology, where he is a board member of the Caltech Associates, and previously served on the board of the Caltech Alumni Association.

Ira Levy is a senior partner in Goodwin Procter's IP Litigation Group, whose practice focuses on the litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising, trade secrets, licensing and related matters for a wide array of industries and in a variety of technical disciplines. Mr. Levy has over 25 years’ experience with disputes involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry; electronics, computers and telecommunications; mechanical devices; industrial and consumer products; and the Internet, new media and e-commerce.

Mr. Levy has first chaired numerous bench and jury trials in federal courts nationwide. He also has significant experience practicing before the United States Supreme Court, where he worked on the winning side of the B&B Hardware v. Hargis trademark matter, various U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the Federal Circuit and the Second Circuit, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the World Intellectual Property Organization's arbitration board and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureau. In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Levy works closely with the firm's Business Law Practice counseling clients on general corporate matters involving intellectual property and the Internet, as well as transactional due diligence.  Ira is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property matters, and since 2004 has been the co-chair of PLI’s Advanced Licensing program.  He is also a lecturer instructor on intellectual property strategy and licensing at the Cornell University-Technion Masters of Law Program, and teaches Intellectual Property Law as part of the Law For Non-Lawyers MBA program.

Mr. Levy has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer every year since 2006, and has been selected for inclusion in The Legal 500 and the IAM Patent 1000, among others. In addition to his law practice, Ira serves as lead director for Stomp Out Bullying, the leading non-profit focused on eliminating bullying and cyber-bullying, and is on the New York advisory Board for BUILD, a non-profit dedicated to proving the power of experiential learning through entrepreneurship, and igniting the potential of youth in under-resourced communities.