Daniel K. Yost

Partner
Emerging Companies

Daniel Yost is chair of the Technology Transactions and Licensing practice at Orrick and a prior co-chair of Orrick’s Emerging Companies Group. He is recognized for negotiating complex commercial and technology transactions and intellectual property counseling. Highly regarded for his expertise, Chambers USA noted that, “His work is solution-driven and his positive personality helps both sides of a negotiation work towards the outcome.” Legal 500 describes his practice as “exceptional” and recommends the practice for its “high client service ethic and great commercial awareness."

Mr. Yost has counseled clients on commercial law, copyright, licensing, marketing, patent, privacy, strategic alliances, trademark and trade secrets matters.

Mr. Yost has represented companies in various industries, including biotechnology, consumer electronics, energy, entertainment, hardware, Internet, media, semiconductor, services, software, telecommunications and wireless.  His energy clients include clients in the solar, ethanol, biomass, geothermal and water purification sectors. 

Mr. Yost has acted as key legal counsel in:

  • Manufacturing, distribution and sale arrangements for makers of software, chips, security devices and solar technologies, among others.
  • Technology transactions with universities, governments and non-profit entities.
  • Privacy, copyright and online pitfalls applicable to Internet companies.
  • Domestic and international collaborations for developers of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, semiconductors and software, among others.
  • Mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and asset divestitures in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, health databases, semiconductors medical software, entertainment, Internet browsers and e-commerce.
  • Open source policy development and compliance.
  • IT and business process services agreements.
  • Venture capital investments in technology-based enterprises.

Mr. Yost is a thought leader on technology transactions issues and programs that focus on the protection and exploitation of intellectual property.

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Admitted In
  • California

Education
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 1998
  • B.A., highest honors, Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994
Honors
  • Chambers USA, 2012-2014: "Notable Practitioner"
  • Legal 500, 2012: "Patent Licensing & Transactional" Individual Recommendation
  • Rising Star, Northern California Super Lawyers 2012
  • Fulbright Scholar, Oxford University, 1994-1995
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Congressional Scholar
Externships
  • Hon. William Schwarzer, Northern District of California
  • Fraud Investigation Unit, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Advisory Committee, Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors
  • Board of Directors, San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board
  • Board of Directors, Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks
  • Board of Directors, Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network
  • Environmental Entrepreneurs

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