Rick Chang

Rick Chang — Partner

Rick Chang has litigated intellectual property and commercial disputes for more than 20 years. Because of his breadth of experience and expertise, he also counsels clients on transactional matters. His practice is devoted to litigation of patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, and unfair competition matters, contested proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and counseling clients on IP-related issues, including patent monetization and licensing. Rick also has experience litigating complex business disputes, employment, and trade secret misappropriations matter. He is registered with the USPTO.

Rick has advocated on behalf of clients in a wide range of technologies and industries, including smartphones, computer networking and telecommunications, wireless systems, semiconductors, batteries, expert systems, various software applications, power controllers, disk drives, biotechnology, pharmaceutics, laboratory equipment, and wind tunnels. He routinely takes leading roles in all aspects of his cases and consistently obtains significant results on behalf of his clients.

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Practice areas

  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • IP Litigation

Bar admissions and Professional Memberships

  • California, 2000
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas


  • Selected for inclusion in the San Francisco Super Lawyers – Rising Stars lists in 2009 – 2011 for his work in intellectual property.


  • J.D., UC College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings)
  • B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., German, University of California, Berkeley

Professional Associations

  • California Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association

Seminars and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property Law, Golden Gate University
  • Adjunct Professor, LLM Program, Santa Clara Law School
  • Judge pro tem in Santa Clara Superior Court
  • Judicial extern for the Honorable Maxine M. Chesney of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Judicial extern for the Honorable A. William Maupin of the Nevada Supreme Court
  • Co-presenter with Joe Yang and Khue Hoang on “What’s New in the World of Standards-Essential Patents & RAND Licensing, and Implications for Established & Emerging Industries,” at the Practising Law Institute (live and webinar), 2018 to 2022.

Notable cases

  • Represent manufacturer of laboratory glassware for distillation of cannabis product
  • Represented manufacturer and seller of pet products in patent, trademark and copyright infringement matter
  • Represented founder of company in trade-secret misappropriation matter involving augmented reality technology. Settled matter favorably for client. Counseled client regarding intellectual property, privacy, and cybersecurity concerns
  • Represent inventor of authentication software for use in financial and medical industries in potential monetization effort; counsel regarding HIPAA
  • Represented manufacturer of rooftop hydrants in patent infringement action. Obtained favorable settlement
  • Represented manufacturer of wireless lock software and components accessed from Internet connected device such as smartphones. Obtained favorable settlement following summary judgment motions filed
  • Represented foreign developer of recreational wind tunnels accused of patent infringement. Obtained settlement following favorable claim construction order
  • Represented manufacturer of CMOS device used in Wii game controller in patent infringement and breach of contract case
  • Represented foreign manufacturers of Bluetooth headsets accused of patent infringement
  • Represented company against claims of patent infringement
  • Represented technology company against claims of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation involving disk drive technology; successfully obtained summary judgment
  • Represented companies against claims of patent infringement involving online social networking services and secured favorable settlement
  • Represented technology company in patent infringement action relating to semiconductors and consumer electronics products resulting in favorable settlement for our client
  • Represented technology company enforcing our client’s patent rights to power inverter technology used in LCD screen and obtained favorable jury verdict of willful infringement and maximum damages; assisted with appellate brief and affirmed by Federal Circuit
  • Represented Biotechnology company in biotechnology litigation involving insulin-like growth factors


  • Co-author of “Getting Royalties on a Car By Reinventing the Wheel” IP New Matter, Vol. 31, No. 1 (March 2006)