With a focus on the technology industry, Shaobin Zhu advises on intellectual property (patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and domain name) litigation in US district courts and on Section 337 investigations at the US International Trade Commission (ITC), as well as client counseling, IP licensing and transfer, opinion work, patent prosecution, data privacy, open-source software strategy, and international arbitration. He is admitted to practice in California, New York, and Washington only.
Shaobin has helped dozens of Chinese clients successfully resolve their IP disputes in the United States. His experience encompasses all aspects of IP litigation, including working with clients to formulate litigation strategies, coordinating US and China teams to execute these strategies, and conducting patent validity and infringement analysis, technical discovery and production, depositions, expert reports and depositions, Markman hearings, briefing, motion hearings, trials, and settlement negotiations. In addition, Shaobin represents clients arbitrating legal disputes at international arbitration forums including China.
He guides clients through all stages of patent prosecution and invalidation in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including patent application preparation, responses to office actions of the USPTO, and administrative post-grant proceedings challenging the validity of disputed patents. In addition, Shaobin counsels clients in enforcing their IP rights to address counterfeiting activities and defending against alleged counterfeits, including working with US Customs and Border Protection, using administrative and judicial proceedings, taking down counterfeiting products from websites, and reinstating products on ecommerce platforms. Moreover, Shaobin advises clients on IP licensing and transfers, including negotiating terms and conditions, conducting IP due diligence, and drafting and reviewing IP licensing/transfer agreements. He also counsels clients on data privacy issues, including compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
Shaobin handles matters relating to a variety of technologies, including computer software, telecommunications, smartphones, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), semiconductors, video processing, internet television, LEDs, wearable devices, robotics, 3D printing, consumer electronics, and related electronics.
Shaobin is a frequent speaker at industry events and teaches in China on topics related to US IP 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 he serves as a program professor at the University of Science and Technology of China School of Public Affairs and a guest professor at China Business Executives Academy, Dalian.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Shaobin was a partner in the IP litigation practice of another global law firm. Early in his law career, he was 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 the Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of China State Council and helped harmonize the laws of Hong Kong and Macao with Chinese Basic Laws.
Secured a significant victory for Boviet Solar Technology Co. Ltd., Boviet Renewable Power LLC, Boviet Solar USA Ltd., and Ningbo Boway Alloy Material Co. Ltd. (collectively, Boviet) in a Section 337 investigation before the US ITC filed by Advanced Silicon Group Technologies, LLC, asserting infringement of six patents covering complex solar power and conductive cell technology; the administrative law judge found in favor of Boviet on multiple grounds, including no infringement on all asserted patent claims, invalidity on certain asserted patent claims, and complainant not meeting the technical prong of the domestic industry, helping Boviet avoid a ban on the importation of a large portion of the industry’s solar products designed for clean energy
Represented Changzhou Kaidi Electrical in a patent infringement case, filed by Limoss US in the US District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, that was dismissed with prejudice; we also obtained a complete victory for Kaidi in an inter partes review (IPR) petition before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) finding that all the claims challenged by Kaidi were unpatentable over two different combinations of references
Represented global mobile data service provider uCloudlink in defeating trade secret misappropriation allegations in a patent case brought by competitor SIMO Holdings Inc. and its subsidiary Skyroam, Inc.; we built strong noninfringement positions and preserved claim construction issues for uCloudlink to reverse the district court’s summary judgment and win the appeal of infringement and claim construction issues at the Federal Circuit
Represented the owner of the 81.com domain name in Debizet v. 81.com in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, challenging the ownership of the 81.com domain name under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and Virginia common law, and tortious interference with contractual relationship, as well as in personam claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and Virginia common law against John Doe; we convinced the plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss the complaint in its entirety on various grounds, including the statute of limitations, failure of the plaintiff to own trademark rights sufficient to establish a Lanham Act claim, and the owner’s status as a bona fide purchaser
Represented Chinese companies in successfully protecting their innovations and brands by enforcing their patents, trademarks, and copyrighted 3D designs against infringers in many US district courts, including the Northern District of New York and Central District of California
Helped achieve favorable results for Chinese companies in litigating and negotiating IP and technology licensing involving standard-essential patents, electronic design automation (EDA) software, and open-source software
Defended 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, filed IPRs at the PTAB, and secured a stay of the litigation only three months before trial, ultimately achieving a successful resolution to the case
Defended dozens of Chinese companies against alleged IP infringement (including patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and/or trade secret misappropriation) at the ITC and many US district courts, including the District of Delaware, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, and Northern and Central Districts of California, and successfully helped Chinese companies minimize their exposure and reach favorable settlements by implementing counteractions in the PTAB, US courts, and China and performing strategic settlement negotiations
Represented a European client in enforcing its trademark and design patent rights, taking down counterfeiting products from websites, and tracing down and destroying infringing product manufacturing chains in China; the matter involved civil, criminal, Chinese Customs, and administrative proceedings
Defended Chinese clients against counterfeit allegations at the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), obtained IP licenses and releases from IP owners, successfully argued for trademarks’ fair use defenses at the CBP’s Intellectual Property Rights Branch (IPRB), filed petitions for relief, and convinced the CBP to release detained or seized goods
Represented Jiangsu Nata Opto-electronic Material Co., Ltd. in negotiating and acquiring $10 million worth of global patent families from a subsidiary of DuPont, conducted IP due diligence, and reviewed and revised the asset purchase agreement and associated papers; the patent families covered chemical compositions, synthesis methods, and thin film applications of a batch of new active silane precursors that can improve the chemical vapor deposition or atomic layer deposition of silicon-based semiconductors and dielectric thin films
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
Recommended, Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters), The Legal 500 US (2020)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
The A-List China’s Elite 100 Lawyers (Foreign Firms), China Business Law Journal (2019–2022)
Recognized, IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals (2019–2022)
Board Member, China Association of Invention (2016–present)
Board Member, Shenzhen AI Industry Association (2019–present)