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Agatha H. Liu, Ph.D.

Focus: Patents | Trademarks Licensing Copyright

Dr. Liu’s practice concentrates on patent analysis, strategic counseling, and portfolio management. She also represents clients in trademark, licensing, and technology development matters. She has advised companies of varying sizes in diverse verticals related to computer technology, such as image processing, cloud computing, communication networks, e-commerce, gaming, consumer electronics, and medical devices. 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 in Internet communications, database system management, computational biology, and speech recognition.

Professional Background

  • 2017 - present – Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP
  • 2007 - 2017 – Private practice—Silicon Valley and New York City law offices


  • J.D. – Fordham University, New York, NY
  • Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering – University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • B.S. – Columbia University, New York, NY

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley
  • Licensing Executives Society—Silicon Valley
  • Santa Clara University, Bronco Venture Accelerator

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office

Publications and Lectures

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

"Machine Learning Patents," High Tech Law Journal and Journal of International Law Machine Learning Symposium, Santa Clara University, San Jose, 2020

“Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: What are the prospects?” International Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) 3rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2018

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

"Supreme Court holds computerization of abstract ideas not patent-eligible,” Lexology, 2014

Co-author with R. Fischer, “Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Networks and McKesson Technologies v. Epic Systems: Federal Circuit Changes the Law of Active Inducement,” Lexology, 2012

Co-author with F. A. DeLucia, “U.S. High Court Limits Patents Based on the Laws of Nature,” China Daily, July 11, 2012

Co-author with L. P. Diana, “Third-Party Opposition of Patent Issuance,” China Intellectual Property July/August 2011 74-6, 2011