Stephen Yam

Stephen Yam


Associate, Washington DC

Stephen Yam’s practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the mechanical, electrical, computer, and business method arts. He has worked in various technologies including ink jet and laser printing, satellite communications, automotive, and information management systems. 

While in law school, Steve was the Managing & Submissions Editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. 

Prior to joining the firm, Steve was a primary examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications involving photocell and image sensing technology.

Case Highlight
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.