With a focus on the technology sector, Shaobin Zhu advises on patent litigation in US district courts and Section 337 investigations at the US International Trade Commission (ITC), as well as client counseling and patent prosecution. Shaobin handles matters relating to a variety of technologies, including computer software, telecommunications, smartphones, video processing, Internet television and other technologies, LEDs, wearable devices, robotics, 3D printing, and related electronics. He is admitted to practice in California and New York only.
Shaobin has helped dozens of Chinese clients successfully resolve their intellectual property disputes in the United States. His experience encompasses all aspects of patent litigation, including working with clients to formulate litigation strategies, coordinating US and China teams to execute the strategies, and conducting patent validity and infringement analysis, technical discovery and production, depositions, Markman hearings, briefing, motion hearings, trials, and settlement negotiations. He guides clients through all stages of patent prosecution, including administrative post-grant proceedings challenging the validity of disputed patents.
Shaobin is a frequent speaker at industry events and teaches in China on topics related to US intellectual property litigation and prosecution strategy. He has taught a graduate course on US IP law at Renmin University of China Law School and Business School, and serves as a program professor at the University of Science and Technology of China School of Public Affairs.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Shaobin was a partner in the patent litigation practice of another global law firm. Early in his law career, he was as a judicial extern to Judge John C. Coughenour of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, where he recommended disposition, drafted legal memos, and proposed orders on a complex computer software patent case.
Shaobin also previously worked as a software engineer at Electronic Data System and Sabre Holdings, where he developed client/server, multitier, Internet, and database related software applications. From 1994 to 1996, he served as a legal official at Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of China State Council, and helped harmonize the laws of Hong Kong and Macao with Chinese Basic Laws.
Helped successfully defend a Chinese state-owned company against alleged patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and unfair competition related to auto coolant supplying systems in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, file inter partes reviews (IPRs) at the Patent Trial Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office, and secure a stay of the litigation only three months before trial, ultimately achieving a successful resolution to the case in 2017.
Represented dozens of Chinese companies to defend them against alleged intellectual property infringement (including patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and/or trade secret misappropriation) at the ITC and many US district courts, including in the Eastern District of Texas and the Northern and Central districts of California, and successfully helped Chinese companies to minimize their exposure and reach favorable settlements by implementing counter actions in the PTAB, US courts, and China and performing strategic settlement negotiations.
University of Washington School of Law, 2008, J.D.
Iowa State University, 1999, M.S., Computer Science
Renmin University of China Law School, 1994, LL.M., Administrative Law
Renmin University of China Law School, 1991, LL.B., Science of Law
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Board Member, China Association of Invention (2016–present)
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area