Stephen Yam’s practice focuses on post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), district court patent litigation, and the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical, electrical, computer, and business method arts. Stephen has worked in a variety of technologies including smartphones, ink jet and laser printing, satellite communications, medical devices, automotive components, and information management systems.
While in law school, Stephen was the Managing & Submissions Editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.
Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was a primary examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications involving photocell and image sensing technology.
Canon Inc. v. Intellectual Ventures II LLC, IPR2014-00631
Steve helped secure a complete victory, on behalf of Canon, in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding which sought review of a patent being asserted against Canon by Intellectual Ventures. Steve was involved in all aspects of the IPR proceeding, including preparation of the initial petition and expert declaration, deposition of experts, preparation of the petitioner’s reply, and oral hearing. The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board instituted IPR on all patent claims, and ultimately found all patent claims to be unpatentable.