Yufeng (Ethan) Ma, a partner and the chief representative in Orrick’s Shanghai office, has over 15 years of experience assisting clients in intellectual property (IP) related matters including IP litigation before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the federal courts.

In addition to specializing in complex IP litigation relating to patent infringement, ITC 337 investigations, trade secrets misappropriation and unfair competition, Ethan has extensive experience advising clients on IP administrative disputes and reexamination, IP strategies, IP due diligence, and IP aspects of strategic transactions, including licensing or transfer, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and collaborations. His clients cover a wide range of industries, including hardwares, softwares, internet, semiconductors, electronics, telecommunications, AI, automobile, chemical, materials, energy and medical devices.

Ethan has represented dozens of Chinese companies in resolving their IP disputes in the US over the years, 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 unfavorable 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.

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.

    • Defending Shenzhen INFiLED Electronics in a patent infringement suit relating to flexible LED display filed by NanoLumens Acquisition, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on 9 June 2017.
    • Defending Suzhou Autoway System Co., Ltd. in a trade secret misappropriation case relating to solar cell production equipment filed by Solaria Corporation in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on 17 April 2017.
    • Successfully defended Shenzhen Howshow Technology against Kent Displays, Inc. in an ITC Section 337 investigation involving alleged infringement of patents relating to liquid crystal eWriters and components. It was the first ITC investigation instituted in 2017 (337-TA-1035); the complaint was forced to withdraw the case unconditionally in less than six months. 
    • Defending Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) in a patent infringement lawsuit against Lone Star Silicon Innovations LLC for alleged infringement of three patents relating to integrated circuit devices. The case was filed on 6 November 2016 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and then successfully transferred to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
    • Represented Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology in two patent infringement lawsuits filed in May 2016 against Razor in the United States Federal Court in the Central District of California. 
    • Represented Jinhua Kingwe Electrical and its US distributor in an ITC 337 investigation relating to certain hand dryers and housings for hand dryers; successfully achieved a very satisfying settlement for our client in October 2016.
    • Represented Hamilton Breach Brands in a patent infringement suit against two Chinese copycats of certain breakfast sandwich makers and achieved complete victory in September 2016. The defendants were ordered to pay a significant amount of damages to our client, along with a permanent injunction, and the destruction of manufacturing moulds.
    • Represented Chongqing QMI Medical Supply in an ITC 337 investigation relating to certain surgical stapler devices and components; successfully achieved a very satisfying settlement for our client in April 2016.
    • Advised JD.com on the IP aspects of its acquisition of Yihaodian marketplace platform assets (including IP assets) from Walmart. 
    • Advised Baidu on the IP aspects of the US$150 million investment in Velodyne LiDAR, with NYSE-listed Ford Motor Company.

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