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Advanced Licensing Agreements 2014

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

Joseph Yang is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP, where he specializes in the use of patent licensing and technology transactions (including R&D, licensing, manufacturing, JVs and IP aspects of M&A) in areas such as semiconductors, software, digital entertainment, athletics/health/fitness, medical devices and renewable energy).  He also has experience in patent strategy, portfolio management, litigation oversight, and has served as an arbitrator.

Joe previously served as VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc., until its acquisition by Rambus Inc.  Before that, he was Counsel at Skadden Arps, where he co-founded and later led the IP transactions practice in Palo Alto.  

Here at PLI, Joe co-chairs the annual "Understanding the IP License," "Advanced Licensing Agreements" and " Patent Licensing Today" programs.  Joe has written a chapter on "IP Strategy in Joint Ventures" for the book "Start-Up & Emerging Companies”, as well as for and various journals, and he has been cited in court decisions and treatises.  Joe co-teaches the "Patent and Technology Licensing" course at Stanford Law School, and has previously co-taught "Patent Law & Policy" at U.C. Berkeley School of Law as an adjunct faculty member.

Joe has been named one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists” and “World’s Leading IP & Technology Licensing Lawyers”, both by Intellectual Asset Management magazine.  He is also listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law.  Joe holds a J.D. from Stanford and a Ph.D. in engineering from Caltech, where he has served on the Boards of the Caltech Alumni Association, and the Caltech Associates.  Before becoming an attorney, he was a research engineer in the defense and energy industries. 

Joe can be reached at or 650-233-0822(O).

Ira Levy is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Litigation Department and a member of its Intellectual Property Practice. His practice focuses on the litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising and related matters for a wide array of industries and in a variety of technical disciplines. Mr. Levy has extensive experience with disputes involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry; electronics, computers and telecommunications; mechanical devices; industrial and consumer products; and the Internet, new media and ecommerce.

Mr. Levy has handled numerous bench and jury trials in federal and state courts nationwide. He also has significant experience practicing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s 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.

Mr. Levy has advised and represented numerous companies regarding intellectual property disputes, litigation and counseling, including: Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Campbell Soup Company, Pepperidge Farms, Inc., Godiva, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., The New York Times Company, The Boston Globe,, J.P. Morgan Chase, Honest Tea, Inc., New Balance Athletic Shoes, IBM and Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Ira has also acted as pro bono counsel to the United Way of New York City and, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Levy presently serves as Lead Director on the Board of Directors of Stomp Out Bullying, a leading anti-bullying and cyberbullying not for profit, and on the advisory board of BUILD – NYC Chapter.

Mr. Levy is a frequent speaker and has written numerous articles on the topics of intellectual property, patent, trademark and copyright laws that have appeared in The New York Law Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. He also authored chapters in Commercial Damages (published by Matthew Bender & Co.) and the Wiley Intellectual Property Law Update (published by Aspen Law & Business). Mr. Levy serves as the co-chair of the Practicing Law Institutes Advanced Licensing Program, and is a regular presenter at AIPLA, INTA, NYSBA and NYIPLA events. In addition, he maintains an active roster of speaking engagements on intellectual property audit, portfolio development, strategy and management, and Internet and new media matters.