Richard Hung is the co-chair of the firm’s IP Litigation Group and the cross-disciplinary Intellectual Property Group.
Mr. Hung leads complex technology matters for clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including both high-stakes patent litigation and litigation against non-practicing patent holders. He also has litigated competitor-on-competitor copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation matters, obtaining consent judgments in multiple cases. The technologies at issue in his matters have spanned areas such as Internet search and advertising, cryptography, programmable logic devices, graphical user interfaces, smartphones, electronic books, and anticancer therapeutics.
A registered patent attorney, Mr. Hung represents clients in adversarial proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Mr. Hung also regularly advises clients on strategic offensive and defensive patent licensing and patent acquisition issues. Current and former clients include Autodesk, Palo Alto Networks, VMware, Whirlpool, and Yahoo. He is recommended by Legal 500 US in 2017 and 2018.
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 externed for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, then with the Southern District of New York. He was also a James Kent Scholar, a moot court editor and judge, and a recipient of the Carroll G. Harper Prize for excellence in intellectual property. 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.
Smartphone LitigationMember of team that successfully tried a high-profile smartphone case leading to a jury verdict of over $1 billion.
Whirlpool Corp. v. TST Water LLC(Eastern District of Texas) Led Whirlpool team that obtained $7.6 million jury verdict and willfulness finding against TST Water in a patent case involving refrigerator water filters.
Good Technology Corp. v. AirWatch, LLC(Northern District of California) Defended AirWatch against assertions of four patents by a competitor. The case settled after expert discovery.
Data Speed Technology LLC v. VMware, Inc.(District of Delaware). After every other defendant settled or was dismissed, convinced plaintiff to walk away and dismiss case against client VMware with prejudice.
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.
Waugh v. Doyle, et al.(Northern District of California) Represented plaintiff in civil rights lawsuit. Court entered substantial monetary judgment in plaintiff’s favor prior to trial.
Mr. Hung is recommended by Legal 500 US in 2017 and 2018.
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