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Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015

 
Author(s): Joseph Yang, Ira Jay Levy
Practice Area: Intellectual Property
Published: Apr 2015
PLI Item #: 59086
CHB Spine #: G1215, G1216

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, boston.com, 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 cyberangels.org., 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.


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.

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