Louis Wu has over two decades of experience in commercializing technological innovation for start-up ventures, research institutions, and established industry leaders.
His educational background includes:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.Sc, Materials Science and Engineering
- University of California, Berkeley, Advanced Biosciences Program
- Northeastern University, M.Sc., Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
- University of San Francisco, J.D. (Doctor of Law)
Louis has a broad base of technical knowledge. Prior to working as a patent practitioner, Louis academic research included: rapid solidification of high-temperature superconductors; drying, sintering behavior of ceramics for semiconductor packaging applications; and segmental concrete bridges and their chemical and mechanical properties. Later, as a staff engineer at EIC Laboratories, he carried out contract research for government and private agencies in diverse areas such as metallurgy, composite materials, single crystal growth, specialty polymers, electrochemistry, and computer simulations.
As a Duracell scientist, he invented and patented a number of battery technologies. As his work became increasingly focused on emerging technologies and patent analysis, his interest in intellectual property (IP) grew. Consequently, he decided to leverage the skills and know-how gained as a result of his success in industrial research and development and to focus on patent law. Since then, he has worked in the patent department of the Gillette Company (now a part of Proctor and Gamble, the consumer products powerhouse), served as in-house counsel for leading technology companies specializing in cutting-edge microelectronics and semiconductor processing equipment, and founded his law firm specializing in IP matters.
As outside IP counsel, Louis has drafted numerous patent applications and prosecuted them to issuance. He also has significant experience in clean up work on existing patent portfolios to improve strategic focus and claims coverage. In addition, Louis has rendered formal and informal opinions pertaining to intellectual property issues such as patentability, validity, infringement, and freedom-of-operation.
As in-house IP counsel, Louis has developed and overseen the execution of various companies’ IP strategies. For example, Louis has managed IP portfolios containing thousands of international patent, trademark, and copyright cases for publicly traded companies. In addition, he has performed strategic IP mining services and carried out patent analysis in the context of IP valuation, acquisition, licensing, and enforcement.
For a number of promising biotech and biochemical equipment start-ups and privately held companies, such as Tekkware, Inc. and MK Systems, Inc., Louis has served as general counsel. In addition to addressing IP issues, Louis has provided legal guidance on a broad range of legal issues such as those relating to domestic and international business development, technology transfer, licensing agreements, and industry standard setting organizations.
Louis is licensed to practice law in California, is a member of the bar for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and is admitted to represent clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Since 2006, Louis has served as an adjunct faculty member at San Francisco State University where he teaches intellectual property law. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and familiar with open source software issues. He is also conversant in legal matters before the Food and Drug Administration as well as matters before the International Trade Commission. Louis is a panel member of the California Lawyers for the Arts.
The following is a partial listing of Louis publications:
- Presenter, International IP Protection for Your Art and Technology, California Lawyers for the Arts, Berkeley, CA (2016)
- Keynote Speaker, Recent Developments in Patent Law, Conference of Marin County Legal Professionals Association, San Rafael, CA (2014)
- Presenter, Design Patents, California Lawyers for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2011)
- Presenter, Introduction to Patent Prosecution, Seminar for 34th Annual California Paralegal Day, San Francisco, CA (2006)
- Presenter, Patent Infringement, The Hawaii Battery Conference, Waikoloa Beach, HI (2002)
- Author, Comment, Enhanced Damages for Willful Patent Infringement–An Issue for Judge or Jury, 33 U.S.F. L. Rev. 435 (1999)
- Author, PlatinumThe Importance of Federal Registration of a Laudatory/Descriptive Mark, 4 U.S.F. Intell. Prop. L. Bull. 17 (1999)
- Inventor, U.S. Patent Nos. 5,339,024 and 5,396,177, entitled Electrochemical Battery Tester
- Author, Ambient Temperature Rechargeable Solid-State Batteries, Fall Electrochemical Society Meeting, Extended Abstract No. 691 (1991)