Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Expands Patent Litigation Practice
- Yitai Hu Joins the Firm's Palo Alto and Greater China Offices -
Alicia Towler White
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
PALO ALTO, CA (November 14, 2018) – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, announced today that Yitai Hu has joined the firm's patent litigation practice as partner. He will divide his time between the firm's offices in Greater China and Palo Alto, Calif.
Hu has been lead counsel in more than 50 cases before U.S. federal and state courts, litigating patent, trade secret, and licensing disputes involving a range of different technologies, from computer hardware and communications devices to software and wireless products. He also has substantial experience with Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), litigating more than 20 ITC cases. He was lead counsel in 15 of those matters. Throughout his career, Hu has helped clients obtain more than $100 million in patent licensing fees.
"We're seeing increasing demand for patent litigation experience, and a steady rise in cases involving China-based clients," said Doug Clark, managing partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. "Yitai is an experienced patent litigator and trial attorney who provides Asia-based companies the highly sophisticated representation they need. He is fluent in both Mandarin and English, and his engineering background reinforces his detailed understanding in a variety of technological fields. These qualities are of great interest and utility to our clients involved in patent disputes, and we're very pleased to welcome him to our firm."
In addition to patent litigation, Hu has represented clients in other intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright, and trade secret-related disputes. He also has experience with IP counseling, arbitration, technology transactions, white collar criminal defense matters associated with the Economic Espionage Act, commercial disputes, and mergers and acquisitions.
"Joining the firm's established and successful patent litigation team allows me the opportunity to continue representing Asia-based clients, especially those in China, where the firm already has a stellar reputation representing Chinese companies in capital markets, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. It also will allow me to introduce companies to other practices and professionals in the firm," said Hu. "As more Chinese companies are involved in patent disputes and other lawsuits involving IP connected to new and innovative technologies, they depend on legal counsel that knows their business, their products, and their language. I am extremely excited to be joining this firm."
Hu received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1994. He earned his B.A. degree in physics from the University of Kansas in 1991.
Most recently, Hu was a partner at Alston & Bird, based in that firm's office in East Palo Alto, Calif.
With nearly 100 IP litigators—including more than 30 partners and nearly 60 associates, counsel, and Of Counsel—and over 65 attorneys admitted to the Patent Bar, WSGR has the experience and resources to represent clients in related patent disputes heard in multiple jurisdictions, including parallel proceedings underway in courts and tribunals inside and outside the U.S.
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
For more than 50 years, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offered a broad range of services and legal disciplines focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the management and boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law. With deep roots in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has offices in Austin; Beijing; Boston; Brussels; Hong Kong; London; Los Angeles; New York; Palo Alto; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Shanghai; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, DE. For more information, please visit www.wsgr.com.