Yufeng (Ethan) Ma, a partner and the chief representative in Orrick’s Shanghai office, has more than 14 years of experience assisting clients in intellectual property (IP) related matters, including IP litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the federal courts.
Ethan has represented dozens of Chinese companies in resolving their IP disputes in the US, and earned client’s long-term trust. During his years in private practice, Ethan and his litigation teams won a number of high profile ITC investigations involving Chinese companies. In one investigation, his clients are four subsidiaries of a large state-owned company of China, who were sued for patent infringement. The commission reversed the late Chief Administrative Law Judge’s decision and found that Ethan’s clients were not infringing and did not violate Section 337. In another investigation, he represented the complainant and its subsidiaries in China suing a group of Chinese respondents for trade secret misappropriation. The ITC issued a 10-year exclusion order against these respondents. This landmark decision represents a new development of trade secret law and ITC jurisdiction in the US, and was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Ethan’s most recent ITC cases include representing a Chinese respondent in 337-TA-985 involving surgical stapler devices, and a Chinese respondent and its US distributor in 337-TA-1015 involving hand dryers. Besides ITC investigations, He also represents clients in US district court cases. For example, he currently represents another Chinese client in two cases before the US District Court for the Central District of California suing a US defendant for infringing a utility patent and a design patent. His recent work on strategic transactions include assisting JD.com to form a strategic alliance with Walmart and assisting Baidu in its 150 million US dollars joint investment in Velodyne LiDAR together with Ford.
Prior to joining Orrick, Ethan served as Director of IP, Asia of a world leader in specialty glass and ceramics, where he was in charge of the company’s daily IP matters in China and throughout Asia. Before that, he was a partner and member of the Board at McAndrews, Held & Malloy in Chicago, Illinois. Ethan was the first non-US born lawyer of that firm.