Pete Kang is a partner in the firm’s intellectual property (IP) litigation group. Based in Sidley’s Palo Alto office, he joined the firm’s San Francisco office in 2003 as a lateral partner and is one of the original group of partners in the Palo Alto office. A patent and intellectual property trial lawyer, Pete represents high-tech clients—typically electronics, semiconductor and software companies—in all matters of intellectual property disputes. In addition to handling litigation, Pete advises clients on IP licensing transactions and negotiations, whether in a technology transfer agreement or as part of IP due diligence in connection with a financing or merger and acquisition.
As lead trial counsel, Pete has tried patent cases for world-class brand-name clients such as LG Electronics and Vizio, and for technology leaders like Amkor Technology and Xilinx. With more than 25 years’ experience, Pete has earned a reputation as a skilled litigator and trusted advisor with a deep understanding of his clients’ industries. He has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in federal courts across the country, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), California state courts and the Federal and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. His book on the ITC was ranked #1 in several categories on Amazon. Pete has had a notably high number of assignments as first chair trial counsel, and it’s quite possible that he set a record by arguing seven inter partes reviews (IPR) before the PTAB in a span of just two weeks. He was lead counsel in the first IPR ever to reach Final Judgment in the PTAB. He recently authored a chapter for Thomson Reuters “Intellectual Property Law 2015” on IPRs.
Pete is extremely proud of a recent award of over $4.6 million in attorneys’ fees and costs for client Universal Remote Control after the successful defense of a patent case in California. This is among the largest fee awards for prevailing defendants in patent cases since the standard was clarified by the U.S. Supreme Court last year. The winning trial team, which achieved a “grand slam” defense jury verdict last year, included two diverse attorneys, which makes the win especially noteworthy to Pete.
Pete plays an integral role in diversity and inclusion efforts at the firm. He serves on the firm’s Recruiting Committee and is chair of the Palo Alto Diversity Committee. He is particularly pleased with his local diversity committee’s fall recruiting efforts to attract a well-rounded and diverse group of summer associate candidates for 2016. His commitment to diversity extends to his practice as the IP lead for the firm’s Korea practice group; he estimates that he spends about 25 percent of his time in Asia.
Pete is also Immediate Past President of the International Association of Korean Lawyers—one of the largest international bar associations—and currently serves on the organization’s board of directors. Outside of the office, and when not enjoying life with his wife and two sons, Pete plays guitar—something he’s done since the sixth grade. His music of choice? Rock and roll.