Thought Leadership 01.15.19
New guidance may lead to fewer patent applications rejected on eligibility grounds
Ngai Zhang advises startups to Fortune 500 companies on intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patents, trademarks, open source, technology transactions, user agreements, and contests and sweepstakes.
Given his engineering and science background and his years of work with clients developing their intellectual property around their different products, Ngai has a keen understanding of diverse technological areas, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, bitcoin and blockchain, cybersecurity, cloud computing, connectivity, consumer products, navigation and geolocation, medical devices and health-related applications, speech recognition and natural language processing, social media, virtual, augmented, and mixed realities, and video games.
Provided comprehensive industry intelligence, technology analysis, and IP risk assessment for client considering deploying blockchain or distributed ledger technology.
Prepared/prosecuted patents for a tech startup client and assisted the client in its nearly $30 million sale of a portion of its patent portfolio.
Prepared/prosecuted patents for game publishers, including one of the largest third-party video game publishers in the world and a mobile gaming startup valued at over $1 billion, for innovations related to virtual worlds, game casting, toys-to-life video games and action figures, interactive trading cards, and game interface features.
World’s largest standalone medical technology development company in an inter partes review, which resulted in all of the opposing party’s asserted patent claims being unpatentable by both the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Federal Circuit
Recognized by Chambers USA in Intellectual Property (2017-2018).
Speaker at Annual CLE Marathon hosted by Pillsbury, “Bitcoin, Blockchain & Patents: What Blockchain-based Inventions are Patent Eligible?” (September 20, 2018)
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
B.S., Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
District of Columbia
Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office