The IP Committee is dedicated to providing career growth and professional development for IP attorneys. The Committee hosts several continuing legal education events during the year on current topics in IP law. The IP Committee aims to provide a platform for networking and continuing education of IP lawyers, aspiring IP lawyers, and APABA members. With the opening of the new USPTO branch office in the Silicon Valley, the IP Committee hopes to serve as a bridge for increased interaction between the USPTO and IP attorneys.

For more information on our events or to get involved with the IP Committee, please contact the IP Committee co-chairs.



Cindy Chang |


Lenny Huang |


Phillip Lee |

Phil is Patent Counsel, Sr. at Qualcomm Incorporated and leads a team of attorneys who specialize in patent portfolio management and patent analysis. He serves as a primary point of contact to provide intellectual property guidance to executive teams and interacts closely with various corporate departments to maintain alignment between IP strategy, technical roadmaps, and business goals.  Phil works closely with business units associated with technologies in the areas of wireless and connectivity, displays, and sensors.  Prior to joining Qualcomm, Phil was a patent attorney at Beyer Weaver & Thomas, LLP.  Phil received his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law and his BS from the University of Virginia.


Jack Shaw |

Jack Shaw is an associate at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.  He has litigated patent cases in district courts and before the ITC, and is registered to practice before the USPTO.  Prior to his career as an attorney, Jack was a product engineer at a large high-tech company in Mountain View.

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Joseph Yang |

Joe is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP, specializing in patent/tech transactions & JVs. Previously, he was VP/GC at Cryptography Research, Inc., and Counsel at Skadden (Palo Alto) where he led the IP strategy/transactions practice.  Joe has also been an expert witness, an arbitrator, and managed litigation & corporate IP portfolios.  Joe co-chairs the “Advanced Licensing” & “Advanced Patent Licensing” courses at PLI, teaches "Patent & Technology Licensing" at Stanford, and has taught “Patent Law & Policy” at Boalt. He is profiled in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in American Law,” and as a “World’s Leading IP Strategist” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine.  Joe has a JD from Stanford and a PhD from Caltech.

Past Events