James P. Hao


Two North Market Street
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San Jose, CA 95113 USA

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Mr. Hao holds degrees in BSEE, MSEE, and JD and is admitted to the State Bar of California and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to attending Law School, Mr. Hao worked at General Dynamics as an Avionics Systems Engineer to design the dynamic, electronically steerable phased array antenna system deployed on the F-16 fighter jet. He was one of only three engineers in his group to hold an above Top Secret clearance. After earning his JD, Mr. Hao served in private practice as a registered patent attorney and has rendered IP legal services on behalf of Apple, Intel, Cisco, HP, Microsoft, as well as a wide range of mid-cap to start-up companies.

Mr. Hao was also employed as in-house IP counsel for SILICON GRAPHICS INC. He was hired based on the recommendation of Dr. John Hennessy, who was the Chief Architect at SGI and subsequently became the Dean of the School of Engineering and later President of Stanford University. Mr. Hao worked with Dr. Hennessy as part of SGI’s regularly scheduled IP invention initiative program. In addition, his responsibilities covered all aspects of intellectual property counseling, such as identifying, distilling, building and maintaining a patent portfolio; defending against third party patent claims; negotiating and drafting of software and technology license agreements; initiated and maintained a patent enforcement readiness program; and managing outside counsels. Some notable accomplishments while serving as in-house counsel include a personal one-on-one patent license negotiation directly with Steve Jobs; executing a cross license agreement with Intel whereby Intel paid SGI royalties in spite of the fact that Intel’s patent portfolio was vastly larger than that of SGI; building a patent portfolio which was subsequently sold in-part to Microsoft for $62.5 million in 2001 valued at over $1 million per issued patent.

Given that patent litigation fees can cost upwards of over $5million, only the top 0.14% of issued patents go to trial. Most practicing patent attorneys will never have a patent of theirs go to trial their entire career. However, Mr. Hao has had multiple patents litigated:

U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,014,670; 6,339,775; 6,208,990; and 6,044,347 Informatica vs Business Objects $25 million Jury Verdict
U.S. Pat. No. 6,237,127 Synopsys vs Magma Design $12.5 million Settlement
U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,650,327 and 6,885,376 Silicon Graphics vs ATI/AMD Undisclosed Settlement
U.S. Pat. No. 7,953,886 Cisco vs Arista Networks Currently Pending Litigation

Mr. Hao specializes in preparing, prosecuting, and obtaining litigation-ready patents for his clients.