Jiazhen (Ivon) Guo focuses his practice on the telecommunications, media, and technology industry, and advises on a broad array of telecommunications regulatory and statutory issues, national security issues, M&A and financing transactions, US export controls and customs laws, corporate compliance matters relating to data privacy and cybersecurity, and patent litigation. His practice involves emerging technologies and products such as cloud software, consumer electronics, integrated circuit, telecommunications equipment, wireless communications, semiconductor manufacturing, quantum computing, Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence.
Ivon routinely assists clients with matters requiring profound understanding and comprehension of technology. On the regulatory and compliance side, Ivon practices before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), State Public Utility Commissions (PUCs), Congress, and the US departments such as the Commerce Department. Ivon advocates on behalf of clients through rulemakings, administrative proceedings, and other agency actions. Ivon has also advised clients on a wide variety of compliance issues, including compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Ivon also assists clients and counsels in performing due diligence and assessing trade, sanctions, regulatory, and compliance issues. Ivon works with both buyers and sellers to prepare transactions for review by the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector (formerly known as Team Telecom) and the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS).
On the litigation side, Ivon has plaintiff and defense side experience in all phases of patent litigation including pre-trial diligence, drafting of pleadings and export reports, motion practice, discovery, claim construction, trial, and appeal in major US district courts, the Federal Circuit, as well as in the International Trade Commission. Before joining Morgan Lewis, Ivon worked as a technical specialist at a patent boutique firm, where he specialized in prosecuting patent applications for technology products and services before the US Patent and Trademark Office. During law school, he served as a judicial intern to US Circuit Judge Jimmie V. Reyna in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as senior editor of The George Washington Law School’s Business & Finance Law Review.
Prior to his legal career, Ivon served as an application engineer group lead at the largest software-as-a-service company that specializes in events and hospitality management technology. He also worked part-time for the IEEE Computer Society.
Ivon maintains an active pro bono practice, where, for example, he represents victims of domestic violence in obtaining permanent residence status and non-profit organizations in navigating relevant compliance issues.
The George Washington University Law School, 2018, J.D.
The George Washington University, 2011, M.Sc., Computer Science
Tongji University, China, 2009, B.E., Electronic Information Engineering
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Patent and Trademark Office
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year–Intellectual Property, The American Lawyer (2019)
Ranked Highly Commendable, Export Controls Law Firm of the Year, USA and Sanctions Law Firm of the Year, USA, WorldECR (2018)
Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Board Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association-DC