Agatha H. Liu


  • Agatha H. Liu
  • Phone: +1 650 847 4174

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    2475 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1194

Agatha H. Liu, Ph.D. practices in the area of intellectual property law, focusing her practice on IP analysis, portfolio management and strategic counseling. She routinely advises investors, business owners and inventors on all areas of IP related to computer technology. She also speaks and writes extensively on different IP topics, such as eligibility for IP protection, IP protection for emerging technology and global IP protection.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Dr. Liu held positions in technology and management consulting. She has a significant research background in artificial intelligence as applied to internet communications, database system management, computational biology and speech recognition.


Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Life Sciences and Medical Technologies
  • Technology Transactions, Licensing and Commercial Contracts
  • Trademark, Copyright, Entertainment and Advertising
  • Trade Secrets


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Washington, Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering
  • Columbia University, B.S.


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2023-present
  • Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP
    - Partner/Counsel, 2017-2023

Professional Activities

  • California Lawyers Association
    - Intellectual Property Section
    - Executive Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley

  • Licensing Executives Society—Silicon Valley
  • Santa Clara University
    - Bronco Venture Accelerator and Entrepreneurs’ Legal Advising Clinic

Selected Publications

  • Author, “Get Ready for the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court in Europe!” August 3rd, 2022

  • Author, “Major Changes Are Coming to the European Patent Process, and You Need to Review Your Patent Strategy Now!” April 1, 2022

  • Author, “The Funny Things about Computer Algorithms, #1,” February 18, 2022

  • Author, “The FTC Needs to Slow Down in Pursuing Consumer Redress for Privacy Breach and Other Harmful Acts,” September 9, 2021

  • Co-author, “Spinning the Idea that “Spinning” is Genericized,” May 28, 2021

  • Co-author, “Did You Know that You May Apply for Global Protection of Your Design through A Single System?” May 7, 2021

  • Co-author, “Shoes and Music – NFT Part II,” April 26, 2021

  • Co-author, “Celebrities and Creative Geniuses Rejoice – NFTs Part I,” April 13, 2021

  • Co-author, “Here is to Renewed Optimism for Aggrieved Artists!” April 2, 2021

  • Co-author, “More Trademark-Related Relief Will Soon Be Available to Combat Bad Registrations or Infringement,” March 12, 2021

  • Co-author, “Did You Know That Blockchains Can Help You, Too?” March 5, 2021

  • Co-author, “More Covid-19 Relief Is Now Available Regarding Perfecting Foreign Priority Claims,” February 19, 2021

  • Co-author, “California Leads the Way to Transform Consumer Privacy Protection in the U.S. – California Privacy Rights Act of 2020,” December 21, 2020

  • Co-author, “Remembering the Notorious Justice Ginsburg,” October 20, 2020

  • Author, “Developing a Global Patent Portfolio,” September 28, 2020

  • Author, “Do I Have A Patentable Technology in Artificial Intelligence?” December 31, 2019

  • Author, “Federal Circuit Finds 'Improving Conventional Techniques and Generated New and Useful Data’ Patent Eligibility Tests,” December 29, 2018

  • Author, “Supreme Court Holds Computerization of Abstract Ideas Not Patent-Eligible,” December 31, 2014

  • Author, “Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Networks and McKesson Technologies v. Epic Systems: Federal Circuit Changes the Law of Active Inducement,” December 31, 2012

  • Author, “U.S. High Court Limits Patents Based on the Laws of Nature,” July 11th, 2012

  • Author, “Third-Party Opposition of Patent Issuance,” July 1st, 2011

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Filing Strategies in Light of EU Unitary System,” Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute - 23rd Annual Event, December 8th, 2022
  • Speaker, “Strategic Global Protection of Your Inventions,” AIPLA Webinar, August 11, 2021

  • Speaker, “Better Leveraging Companies' Intellectual Property for Maximum Business Growth,” Bay Area CHIZAI's 33rd Seminar, June 25, 2021

  • Speaker, “The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: Hot Buttons in 2020,” The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series., July 8, 2020

  • Speaker, “Machine Learning Patents,” High Tech Law Journal and Journal of International Law Machine Learning Symposium, Santa Clara University, San Jose, California, April 12, 2020

  • Speaker, “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: What Are the Prospects?” International Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) 3rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, December 31, 2018

  • Speaker, “Artificial Intelligence and the Patent Law – Promises and Perils,” The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, December 30, 2018