Silicon Valley

1Experienced IP Counseling

Situated in San Jose, the Silicon Valley Office is at the center of intersections among innovators, universities (Santa Clara University and the San Jose State University), and a city government committed to building the city into a first class tech hub.  San Jose already hosts tech giants such as Adobe, ZOOM, Roku, and TikTok.

Our experienced IP attorneys draw on their experience in representing some of the most successful companies in the world to provide enterprises (of all sizes), governments, universities and research institutions with experienced representation at the intersection of technology and intellectual property. 

Appleton Luff Silicon Valley Team

99 S. Almaden Blvd.,  Suite 600
San Jose, CA
95113 USA

+1 (408) 289-1838

[email protected]


Our IP team focuses on advice and advocacy pertaining to patents and related intellectual property. Our IP attorneys are regularly engaged in a wide variety of projects across the spectrum of patents and related matters, from overall strategy, to efficient execution, from filing, monitoring/enforcement, management, to monetization.

- We have represented clients located in numerous Asian-Pacific countries, and have forged close relationships with lawyers and law firms throughout the region.   Our roots in the region are in Singapore, and we maintain a presence in Singapore/Taiwan.


With support by well-credentialed lawyers from all other offices,  we offer advice regarding intellectual property issues, especially relating to the Chinese speaking regions of the world.  We are our clients' chief IP strategist, planning a well-rounded IP porfolio, protecting our clients’ interests in disputes, advising on major transactions, and partnering with them to further their business objectives. 

Our ability to work well with others has long been a defining characteristic of our firm, and many of our matters involve multiple law firms working together to find the most effective solutions for our clients.

We value our personal relationships with our clients. We understand their business practices and culture. We make it a point to work collaboratively and in a manner that is respectful of their traditions.

Recent Projects

Strategic IP Counseling

  • Development of strategies for product/service protection including leveraging a mix of trade secret, trademarks, patent and copyright laws
  • Providing creative options for enforcing and defending intellectual property rights through a combination of administrative, judicial and other channels ( including the United States and China)
  • Advising on strategies for handling NPE assertions, including settlement, litigation, and validity challenges

Patent Program Management

  • Development and implementation of corporate patent programs for hi-growth companies including advising on patent filing rates, incentive programs and IP risk management including in and out licensing
  • Development of provisional, U.S., and international filings, including in China
  • Education on program implementation considerations including:
  • Development of provisional, U.S., and international filings, including in China
  • Education on program implementation considerations including: first-to-file, foreign filing criteria, provisional filings

Transactions & Monetization


  • Patent Acquisitions - advising on and implementing patent acquisition programs
  • Patent Licensing – advising on relative rights/obligations/valuations of various non-exclusive patent license agreements
  • M&A / Strategic Transactions
  • advising on IP and related aspects of strategic corporate deals such as M&A and joint ventures
  • allocation of IP rights among related entities


  • Planning, developing and execution of commercialization plans for research universities, operating companies, and individual patent owners

Legal Team

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