J. James Li

  • Managing Partner


San Jose, CA





Dr. Li is a seasoned trial lawyer who has handled cases in intellectual property (IP) and business litigation since 1999. Dr. Li is listed in the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. Over the years, Dr. Li has handled all types IP litigation including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and right of publicity. He has also litigated many different types of business litigations, including contract, unfair competition, fiduciary duty, fraud, defamation, false light, legal malpractice, and employment. Dr. Li has conducted various jury trials, bench trials, and arbitration hearings. He has also argued various cases in federal and state appeal courts.

Dr. Li has exceptional strength in technology-related litigation. He studied biomedical electronics design and neuroscience before he went to law school. As a lawyer, he has handled cases involving a broad spectrum of technologies. On the electrical side, he has litigated IP cases involving:

  • Digital and analog integrated circuit designs;
  • Simulation software;
  • Hardware description languages;
  • Semiconductor manufacture;
  • LCD panel design and manufacture;
  • Biometrics devices;
  • Wireless communications circuits;
  • Computer technologies including microprocessor architecture, cache memories, modems, power supplies;
  • Network technologies including virtual LANs, Internet browsers, and Internet-based application systems; and
  • Wireless technologies such as power amplifiers, low noise amplifiers, antennas, media access control (MAC) and baseband

On the biomedical and biotechnical side, Dr. Li has handled cases involving:

  • Biocatalysis
  • Oncology animal models;
  • Gene therapy vectors;
  • DNA arrays;
  • Polymerase chain reaction reagents and devices;
  • Dietary supplements;
  • Herb medicines;
  • Radio therapy devices;
  • Kidney dialysis machines; and
  • Image-guided surgery devices

Areas Of Practice

  • Patent, TradeMark and CopyRight
  • Business and commercial litigation
  • Employment law
  • Others

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1999
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2012


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    • J.D.
  • University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • Ph.D.
    • Major: Physiology
  • Peking University
    • B.S.
    • Major: Biophysics
  • Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
    • Postdoctoral Fellow

Representative Cases

  • Transonic Systems, Inc. v. Fresenius USA, Inc., , 425 F. Supp. 2d 1082 (N.D. Cal. 2006) (represented the defendant Fresenius in this patent infringement case and obtained a summary judgment of noninfringement)
  • Epic Communications, Inc. v. Richwave Technology, Inc., , 179 Cal. App. 4th 314 (2009), petition for review denied, 2010 Cal. LEXIS 1143 (represented Epic in this chip design trade secret case and obtained on appeal reversal of an order quashing service of process)
  • Design Data Corporation v. Unigate Enterprise, Inc. et al., , 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108632 (N.D. Cal. 2014) (Represented Unigate in this copyright infringement case and obtained summary judgment in favor of Unigate).
  • ACRO Biosystems v. Acrobiosystems USA LLC, 2015 TTAB LEXIS 78 (Trademark Trial & App. Bd.), Mar. 20, 2015. (Represented ACRO Biosystems in this trademark opposition proceeding, and obtained summary judgment in favor of the client)
  • Strohmeyer v. Santos Electronics, Superior Court of Orange County (representing Defendant and obtained jury verdict of no discrimination and no sexual harassment)
  • Beiing Tong Ren Tang (USA) Corp. v. TRT USA, N.D. Cal. (representing Defendants: jury verdict of no liability under Plaintiff’s complaint and $4 million jury verdict under defendant’s cross-complaint).

Representative Clients

  • Crown Biosciences, Inc.
  • Unigate Enterprise, Inc.
  • Raymat Materials, Inc.
  • OSD Audio
  • Mintel Learning Technology, Inc
  • TRTUSA Corp.
  • Oriental Semiconductor Electronics Ltd.
  • Delson Group, Inc.
  • Epic Communications Inc.
  • IncRev, Corporation
  • AllCells, LLC
  • EnzymeWorks, Inc.


  • Crown Biosciences, Inc.
  • Unigate Enterprises, Inc.
  • AllCells, LLC
  • EnzymeWorks, Inc.

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in National Register’s Who’s Who

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member, 2014 to 2015
  • Santa Clara Counnty Bar Association, Member, 2013 to 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Shareholder, 2007 to 2010
  • McDermott Will & Emory LLP, Associate & Partner, 2002 to 2006


  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese