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Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015

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

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.

Joseph Yang is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP, and previously served as VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc. until its acquisition by Rambus, Inc.

Joe specializes in structuring and negotiating IP-centric deals (patent licensing/sales, tech transactions, JVs and M&A), and in the use of patents as strategic business assets. He has been lead counsel on hundreds of deals involving billions of dollars in value – across the computer, electronics, semiconductor, digital entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare, energy and manufacturing industries. Joe has also been an expert witness, arbitrator, overseen complex patent litigation, and developed and licensed worldwide corporate patent portfolios.

Joe is a recognized authority on IP law. He is profiled in Marquis “Who’s Who in American Law” and “Who’s Who in America,” and has been named one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. Joe co-chairs the “Advanced Licensing,” "Understanding the IP License," and “Advanced Patent Licensing” and courses at PLI. He has written for journals & books, and been cited by courts & treatises, on patent and licensing law. Joe is co-teaching the 2014-2015 "Patent and Technology Licensing" course at Stanford Law School, and has previously co-taught the “Patent Law and Policy” course at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

Before PatentEsque Law Group, Joe co-founded and later led the IP Strategy & Transactions practice in the Palo Alto office of Skadden, Arps. Before becoming an attorney, Joe was a research engineer in the aerospace and energy industries. He holds a J.D. from Stanford and a Ph.D. (in engineering) from the California Institute of Technology, where he has served on the boards of the Alumni Association, and the Caltech Associates.