I strive to anticipate the legal ramifications of new uses of emerging technologies.
—James Chang

James Chang is an experienced federal litigator and advises clients on legal issues in computer- and data-related industries.

As a counsel in Pillsbury's Intellectual Property practice, James utilizes his background in Computer Engineering to advise clients in the fields of electronics, software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, cloud computing & computer gaming. In addition to legal advice, James believes that lawyers should provide business-oriented solutions to their clients, and he draws on his experience working at gaming industry developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment, to do so.

Representative Experience

Advised Disney Interactive Studios and LucasArts in a patent infringement dispute regarding their video games.

Advised Stanford University in an ownership dispute over historical documents on deposit at its libraries.

Advised JVCKenwood on patent exhaustion issues relating to the sale of blank optical media.

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  • Advised AOL in dispute relating to the misappropriation of its assets and successfully litigated RICO action.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono

Successfully drafted amicus brief for pro bono client in Voisine v. United States before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015 – 2018)


  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association 


  • J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2010

    B.S., Computer Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2005


  • California


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    U.S. District Court Central District of California

    U.S. District Court Northern District of California