Philip W. Woo - Sidley Austin LLP
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Philip W. Woo

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 415-772-7428

PHILIP W. WOO leads and works with teams on the deep technical issues in matters of commercial significance for high-technology companies. With a degree in electrical engineering and substantial real-world experience in the high-tech industry, clients have entrusted him as lead technical counsel for numerous matters, in both litigation and transactions. His technical areas include all forms of electrical and electronic arts including computer architecture, storage systems and networks, server networks and architecture, microprocessors, memories, software and Internet applications, telecommunications, wireless, interactive television and electronic program guides, satellite, business methods, semiconductor design and processing, semiconductor packaging, circuit design and medical devices. Mr. Woo has worked for a wide spectrum of innovation-driven high-tech companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Most recently, Mr. Woo was recognized in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in patent law.

Litigation: Mr. Woo has represented clients in proceedings before District Courts (including the Northern District of California, the Central District of California, the District of Delaware, the Eastern District of Texas, the Western District of Texas, the District of Arizona, and the Western District of Wisconsin) and the International Trade Commission. He has extensive experience in advising companies on the defense against and strategic assertion of patents. Mr. Woo has taken the lead on claim construction and developing arguments with respect to infringement, validity, and enforceability, overseeing and coordinating teams on the same. He has led efforts to identify, select, prepare, and depose witnesses (both fact and expert).

Patent Practice, Reexaminations, and Counseling: Mr. Woo advises companies on the strategic use of reexamination procedure, often in conjunction with litigation, and has prepared and prosecuted both ex parte and inter partes reexaminations. He has worked with companies to establish programs for the identification, management and protection of intellectual property in all its forms, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyright.

Standards: Mr. Woo has experience with numerous industry standards including IEEE 802.11 (WiFi), IEEE 802.15 (BlueTooth), IEEE 802.16 (WiMax), Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA), CDMA, GSM, MPEG2, MPEG4, OCAP, DVB, and TV-Anytime. He has counseled and represented companies before standards organizations and bodies for the same.

Licensing/Transactions: Mr. Woo has experience in licenses and other transactions involving technology and intellectual property. He has negotiated, drafted, and counseled companies on agreements related to patents and other intellectual property in connection with public offerings, mergers, and acquisitions. He has performed and advised companies on due diligence investigations.

Prior Experience: Prior to attending law school, Mr. Woo interned at a semiconductor company (now STMicroelectronics), working in the areas of device engineering, process engineering, and automation. Before joining Sidley, Mr. Woo headed the patent group at a major IP firm based in Silicon Valley.

Professional Associations: Mr. Woo is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); the American Bar Association; the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area; the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley.

Client Comments

"Phillip is involved in handling several cases for us. We like working with him and he has impressed us."

"Phil has been helpful and knowledgeable in all our work with him."

Office Location

555 California Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States

Practice Areas

Patent Law