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Richard S.J. Hung

San Francisco, (415) 268-7602
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Richard Hung is the deputy chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling.

Mr. Hung has overseen dozens of complex technology matters for clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts. His litigation matters at the firm have included both high-stakes patent litigation and litigation against non-practicing patent holders. The technologies at issue in these matters have spanned areas such as Internet search and advertising, cryptography, programmable logic devices, graphical user interfaces, smartphones, electronic books, and anticancer therapeutics. Mr. Hung also has tried multiple criminal cases to favorable verdicts with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

A registered patent attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Mr. Hung frequently advises clients on strategic offensive and defensive patent licensing and patent acquisition issues. He is co-chair of MoFo’s newly formed PTO Trial Group to help companies navigate the new adversarial proceedings instituted by the America Invents Act. Mr. Hung’s current and former clients include Altera, Discovery Communications, Fujitsu, Medtronic Spine, VMware, and Yahoo!.

Mr. Hung earned dual bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and economics from Stanford University in 1995 and his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1998. In law school, he was a James Kent Scholar, a moot court editor and judge, and a recipient of the Carroll G. Harper Prize for excellence in intellectual property. Mr. Hung also externed for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, then with the Southern District of New York. After law school, Mr. Hung clerked for the Honorable Paul Michel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Smartphone Litigation
Member of team that successfully tried a high-profile smartphone case leading to a jury verdict of over $1 billion.
Unified Messaging Solutions v. VMware, Inc.
(Northern District of Illinois) Represented VMware in a patent infringement suit brought by a non-practicing entity alleging infringement by VMware’s Zimbra webmail product.
Augme Technologies LLC v. Yahoo!, Inc.
(Northern District of California) Representing Yahoo! in a patent infringement suit involving Internet display advertising and media playback. Summary judgment of non-infringement on Augme’s two patents has been granted in Yahoo!’s favor, and Augme has stipulated to infringement of one of Yahoo!’s patents. The case is currently on appeal.
Discovery Communications, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc.
(District of Delaware). Represented Discovery Communications in a patent infringement suit against Amazon.com alleging infringement by Amazon’s Kindle of Discovery’s patents for e-book reader technology. The case settled after a favorable claim construction ruling.
Medtronic Spine LLC v. Cozmed, LLC
(Northern District of California) Obtained consent judgments of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation against infringers in a matter involving balloon kyphoplasty.