JAMES C. YOON
IP Counseling & Patents
Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility
James Yoon is a practice development leader of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's IP litigation department. James' practice focuses on patent litigation and IP counseling. James has served on numerous committees at the firm; he is a current member of the Policy Committee and has previously served on the Nominating Committee, Business Development Committee, and Compensation Committee.
James has more than 18 years of experience as an intellectual property litigator and counselor. He has litigated over 100 patent cases and has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts. In addition, he has tried numerous cases at the International Trade Commission.
James has an active IP counseling practice. He has advised over 40 companies on IP issues in a wide variety of transactions, ranging from patent licensing agreements and asset purchase agreements to initial public offerings (IPOs) and corporate mergers. James is frequently involved in IP risk assessments and valuations.
James is a member of the committee that developed the original and the revised Model Patent Jury Instructions for the Northern District of California. He is a Lecturer-in-Law at Stanford Law School and an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. James has published numerous articles and is a columnist on patent law and litigation for the ABTL Report of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL).
In 2013, James was listed in the International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, he was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation. In 2006, Bay Area Lawyer Magazine named James one of the "Top Lawyers in the Bay Area" for Intellectual Property law.
James is the co-chair of the Partner Committee of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley (APABA-SV). He is also a member of the board of directors for Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley Charity.
Prior to joining the firm, James served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Alan C. Kay in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. He was also an electrical engineer for the General Motors Corporation, where he worked for many different operations, including the General Motors Technological Center (Warren, MI), Opel Motors (Russelsheim, Germany), Vauxhall Motors (Luton, England), and GM's Cadillac Assembly Plant (Detroit, Michigan).SELECT CLIENTS:
- Broadcom Corporation
- Dell, Inc.
- Harmonic, Inc.
- HTC Corporation
- Jajah, Inc.
- MaxLinear, Inc.
- OmniVision Technologies
- SanDisk Corporation
- J.D., Stanford Law School, 1993
Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review; Chairman, Stanford Asian Law Students Association; Chairman, Stanford International Law Society; Secretary, National Asian Pacific Law Students Association
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, GMI Engineering & Management Institute, 1990
Sobey Scholar; GMI Alumni Association Travelship Winner, 1989
- Recognized in the 2013 International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers
- Named in the 2013 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers
- Co-author with B. Love, "Expanding Patent Law's Customer Suit Exception," 93(5) Boston University Law Review 1605-41, October 2013
- "The Diminishing Claim Vitiation Limitation to the Doctrine of Equivalents," The Intellectual Property Strategist, Vol. 19, No. 8, May 2013
- "On Patents," ABTL Report, Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring 2013
- "On Patents," ABTL Report, Vol. 21, No. 1, Winter 2011/2012
- "On Patents," ABTL Report, Vol. 20, No. 1, Winter 2010/2011
- "On Patents," ABTL Report, Vol. 19, No. 1, Fall 2009
- "Fictional Characters, Story Telling and Patent Trials," Law360, March 20, 2009
- "On Patents," ABTL Report, Vol. 18, No. 1, Fall 2008
- "On Patents," ABTL Report, Vol. 17, No. 1, Fall 2007
- "On Patents," ABTL Report, Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter 2006
- "On Patents," ABTL Report, Vol. 15, No. 1, Fall 2005
- "On Patents," ABTL Report, Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall 2004
- State Bar of California
- Multiple U.S. District Courts
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office