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Holly Ying Li

New York
(212) 259-7300


New York
New Jersey
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
U.S. Court of Appeals For the Federal


Intellectual Property
Trademarks and Brands
Licensing and Technology Transfer
IP Litigation
Strategic Counseling and Portfolio Development
China Practice
Venture Capital Funding and Startup Formation


U.S. District Court of New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals For The Federal Circuit


Peiyang-Tianjin University
B.S. Electronics Engineering
Rutgers University School of Law
Juris Doctor


Mandarin - fluent
English -fluent
French – intermediate
German – basic

Holly Y. Li has over 2 decades of experience in the legal and business practice of intellectual property and high-tech fields. Her legal practices focus on IP litigations, strategic advice, licensing, IP assertion, IPR's offensive and defensive proceedings, IP prosecutions, IP portfolio management, IP asset acquisitions, monetization and commercialization, startup formation and venture capital funding in varieties of advanced technologies.

She first started her career as a patent and technology licensing manager at Lucent Technologies, now part of Nokia. Subsequently, Ms. Li embarked her law firm career with Baker & McKenzie's office in Hong Kong, Cooper & Dunham and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (then Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges) in New York, where she honed her patent drafting, prosecution, opinion, assertion, infringement defense, patent litigation, cross-border IP dispute resolution, and China-related practice skills.

An entrepreneur at heart, Ms. Li subsequently joined an audio coding start-up, DTS, now part of Xperi, based in California to head up DTS' IP practice group. She combined her patent prosecution, litigation and licensing skills and managed the corporation's international IP portfolios and ensured appropriate protections worldwide. Aided by local attorneys, she successfully represented the company in winning several contentious and non-contentious proceedings including patent invalidations and appeals, litigation, and arbitration in various Chinese and HK judicial and administrative forums.

Prior to joining CKR, Ms. Li devoted her time to successfully building up an IP Asset management advisory firm based in Hong Kong, in addition to counseling clients on various IP and high-tech related legal matters.



Represented Lucent Technologies in licensing negotiations relating to microelectronics patent portfolios;

Evaluated targets for acquisitions on behalf of Lucent and DTS in the field of digital coding, e-Commerce;

Drafted and prosecuted patent applications relating to digital imaging, computer hardware and software;

Represented a major mobile manufacturer in its patent infringement defensive action in the US District Court of Northern California;

Represented a major consumer electronics company in a patent and technology licensing agreement dispute before CIETAC in Beijing and Shenzhen;

Represented a major consumer electronics company in a patent invalidation appeal in Beijing First Intermediate Court;

Represented a hydrogen fuel cell company in the sale of its IP assets;

Represented a French Patent investment fund in structuring a licensing entity in encoding/decoding technologies with Chinese counterparts;

Represented a patent Investment fund in a market research of China and Asian markets relating to NFC technology;

Successfully represented Iron Dome in the Inter Partes Review process;

Served as lead counsel for Cathy Trading Inc. in its defensive and counterclaim actions against Interlink Products International Inc. relating to alleged false advertising and patent infringement claims.


Publications and Presentations

Start Making Sense: Will Post-Grant Review Be More Reasonable to Litigants under the Phillips Standard?, Co-author with Leslie Overman, CKR Law Blog and CKR IP Newsletter, December 2018.

IP and General Legal Issues in the MedTech Industry in China, CKR Law Blog and CKR IP Newsletter, October 2018.

Cross-Border IP Investment, Commercialization and Monetization, Presented at the China Academy of Telecommunication Research ICT Forum on Innovation and IP Protection in Beijing, October 21, 2015, Beijing P.R. China.

Maximizing IP Asset Value for Start-ups, presented at WYND Co-Working Space Central, September 2, 2015, Hong Kong.

Intellectual Property for Business, co-presented at HK Trade Commission Entrepreneur Day on behalf of International IP Commercialization Council on May 29, 2015, Hong Kong.

Cross-Border IP Commercialization and Monetization, presented at Licensing Executive Society China HK Chapter meeting on April 16, 2015, Hong Kong.

Maximizing IP Values in Asia, Presented to various fortune 100 companies in the US and Europe, July and August 2014, Beijing and Shanghai, P.R. China.

How to Evaluate IP Assets, Presented at various companies in-house seminars in China, March and April 2013, Beijing and Shanghai, P.R. China.

Why a government supported patent trading system is right on time - Draft submission to the Fifth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC), March 2012.

Nortel's Patents Sold For $4.5 Billion, China IP Magazine, July 5, 2011.

LED Industry and Patent Analysis, Science and Technology Daily, September 7, 2010.