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.
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)
Member, Legal Expert Database, Guangdong, Shanghai, and Ningbo Intellectual Property Protection Associations (2020–present)
Advisor, China Patent Office’s National Advisory Center for Overseas Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution (2019–present)
Arbitrator, Nanjing Arbitration Commission (2020–present)
Member, IP Expert Database, Changzhou University (2021–present)
Member, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
Guest Professor, China Business Executives Academy, Dalian
Member, Seattle Chinese Bar Association
Member, California State Bar Association
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association