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 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 currently is the co-chair of the firm’s PTO Trial Group, which represents clients in adversarial proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Hung frequently advises clients on strategic offensive and defensive patent licensing and patent acquisition issues. 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.
In 2014, Mr. Hung was appointed by Mayor Edwin Lee to serve as a Neutral Commissioner on the San Francisco Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board. Mr. Hung also sits on the Board of Directors for the Asian Law Alliance, which provides legal assistance to the Asian/Pacific Islander community. Mr. Hung previously tried multiple criminal cases -- all to favorable verdicts -- with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
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). Represented Yahoo! in a patent infringement suit involving Internet display advertising and media playback. Won summary judgment of non-infringement on Augme’s two asserted patents, and Augme stipulated to infringement of one of Yahoo!’s patents. The case was affirmed 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.