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Janice Ta

Janice Ta Senior Associate, Intellectual Property

Janice’s principal area of practice is intellectual property law. She has litigated complex patent disputes concerning a wide range of technologies, including semiconductors, wireless broadband, software, and life science technologies. 

She has experience analyzing non-infringement positions, drafting dispositive motions, conducting depositions, drafting and arguing Markman briefs, and assisting at trial. In 2010 and 2011, Janice served as a judicial law clerk to The Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to law school, Janice was a user experience designer at a social networking company based in Silicon Valley. The following is a list of representative matters in which Janice has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • (W.D. Wis.) — Represented a Danish bio-based company in a patent infringement case relating to genetically-engineered enzymes used to make fuel ethanol; the patent was held invalid for lack of written description at the trial court level and affirmed on appeal
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Represented one of the world’s leading flash memory manufacturers against patent infringement claims involving twelve patents relating to flash memory chips, memory systems, semiconductor processes, and chip packaging patents; after a favorable ruling on the issue of patent exhaustion, all claims were dismissed; defended client’s victory in federal circuit appeal
  • (S.D. Fla.) — Defended an international Voice-over-IP device and service provider against claims of patent infringement brought by a competitor seeking over $200 million in claimed damages; after obtaining a favorable claim construction and damaging testimony from competitor’s CTO, obtained take-nothing judgment for client
  • (Cal. Sup. Ct. Santa Clara) — Represented a Silicon Valley company in a software contract and licensing dispute; the team obtained summary judgment in favor of client

Copyright Litigation

  • (N.D. Tex.) — Defended a large law firm accused of copyright infringement due to the submission of prior art references to the Patent Office as part of its patent prosecution practice; we obtained a summary judgment in our client’s favor on fair use grounds
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Represented a Silicon Valley company in a complex software copyright and contractual dispute involving enterprise resource and supply chain management software

Contact Details

Austin

T +1.512.542.8512
F +1.512.236.3239
jta@velaw.com
2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746-7568
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Janice's Practices

  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2010 (Executive Editor, Yale Journal of Law and Technology; Yale Information Society Project Fellow)
  • Stanford University, B.S., Symbolic Systems (concentration in Human-Computer Interaction) and B.A., Art History, 2002 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Other languages: Cantonese (fluent); Spanish (working knowledge)
  • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Timothy B. Dyk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2010–2011
  • Senior Product Manager and User Experience Designer, 2003–2006
  • V&E Pro Bono Award, 2014
  • President, Board of Directors: National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (2010–present)
  • Co-Chair: Law School Online, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Texas Regional Member: Yale Law School Association Executive Committee
  • Member: Austin IP Inn of Court; Education Committee, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Commissioner: American Bar Association Commission on Mental & Physical Disabilities Law, 2010–2011