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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Southern California - Gould School of Law, 2003
    • B.S., University of California-Los Angeles, 2000
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2002
    • California, 2003
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2003
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2008
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2003
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2008
Tam Thanh Pham integrates complex technological and legal concepts to provide practical and timely advice to help clients reach their business goals. Evolving almost as quickly as the technologies it protects, patent law can have an impact on any entity that uses, makes, sells, or otherwise interacts with technology. From start-ups to publicly traded companies, clients rely on Tam to craft and implement intellectual property ‎strategies aligned to their particular challenges and objectives. Clients seek Tam’s counsel for a variety of needs including: 
  • Companies developing a new product or service and wishing to protect their innovations 
  • Entities on the verge of a funding event or ‎acquisition
  • Organizations wishing to increase their valuation
  • Companies that have received a cease-and-desist letter or complaint
  • Organizations that learn of ‎litigation activity in their industry
  • Businesses that want to succeed in a competitive technological market
Tam counsels clients on the following strategies:
  • Acquisition
  • Acceleration
  • Enforcement
  • Defense of ‎domestic and foreign utility 
  • Design patents
Tam works with the clients to craft a solid and comprehensive protection plan for their assets. As a result, Tam fully understands all aspects of patent preparation and ‎prosecution, including reexamination, reissue, appeals and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ‎‎(PTAB), and appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Her practice also includes ‎developing and implementing litigation strategies for U.S. District Court and International Trade ‎Commission (ITC) patent proceedings, preparation of opinion letters regarding non-infringement and ‎invalidity, and due diligence related to venture capital financing and acquisitions.
Patent Prosecution and Related Transactions:
  • Advising clients and developing strategies for protecting the value of their intellectual property
  • Assisting clients with patent searches and analysis  
  • Representing various companies and inventors in connection with all aspects of patent prosecution before the United States Patent & Trademark Office 
  • Managing and maintaining patent portfolios including domestic and foreign patents and patent applications 
  • Representing patent applicants in ex parte appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Analyzing new rules proposed by the United States Patent Office and submitting comments and recommendations on behalf of affected companies
  • Representing patent owners and petitioners in post-grant proceedings, including reexaminations and inter partes review, covered business method review, and other proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board 
  • Counseling companies on best practices, employment agreements, nondisclosure agreements, developer agreements, licenses, and assignment of rights 
  • Evaluating and performing due diligence on patent acquisition targets on behalf of acquiring companies 
  • Assisting companies with due diligence related to being acquired or funded 
  • Drafting opinion letters regarding freedom to operate, validity, and infringement 

Patent Litigation:
  • Representing patent applicants in appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 
  • Representing amici before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in overturning the United States Patent Office’s maligned “continuation rules package” that would have significantly limited the rights of patent applicants 
  • Working with experts to develop expert reports in a variety of technologies, including automated teller machines (ATMs), RF wireless communication systems and interference mitigation, and computer science/software.
  • Representing NRT Technologies, Inc. and NRT Technology Corp. in parallel proceedings before the federal district court, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Successfully obtaining summary judgment on patent invalidity and non-infringement on behalf of Ruckus Wireless, Inc. 
  • Obtaining favorable claim construction and summary judgment of patent infringement for Scientific Specialties, Inc. 

text icon Publications & Presentations
Is This Patentable?
National Law Review
November 2013
text icon Publications & Presentations
Dealing with Patent Trolls
Intellectual Property Today
April 2013