Senior Intellectual Property Career Associate
Joseph Chern is a lawyer in Orrick’s Orange County office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on due diligence with an emphasis on open source licensing and patent law, including patent prosecution, intellectual property portfolio management and patent litigation.
Joseph has experience drafting and prosecuting patents in several technical fields, including signal processing, memory control, optical medical devices, computer networks, database management, thermal conductivity and geomechanics, nanostructuring, e-commerce, capacitive touch panels, complex circuit designs, data security/encryption, semiconductors, in-flight entertainment systems, power systems, neural networks, and software applications.
Joseph's practice further includes conducting intellectual property due diligence to assess the quality and quantity of intellectual property assets. For example, Joseph has represented several clients in open source licensing matters and provided counseling to develop open source software strategies. He also has extensive experience in intellectual property and technology matters related to mergers and acquisitions.
Joseph also has substantial experience in patent infringement litigation cases in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). Joseph also has represented clients in post-grant opposition procedures with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including ex parte reexaminations and inter partes reviews (under the America Invents Act).
Joseph began his career as a summer associate at Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zaffman, LLP, in Los Angeles, and an attorney at One, LLP, in Newport Beach, Calif. Prior to law school, he worked as a software and systems engineer for a diversified systems and services company in transportation, defense and RFID markets worldwide.