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Janice Ta

Janice Ta Senior Associate, Intellectual Property

Janice Ta is an intellectual property and technology lawyer who focuses on patent, trade secret, trademark, and complex commercial litigation. She helps clients protect and maximize value from their intellectual property portfolios in a variety of industries and across a broad range of technologies, including computer software, wireless broadband, telecommunications, semiconductors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology.  Janice's prior work experience as a product manager and user interface designer in Silicon Valley provides her with a deep understanding of the product development and innovation cycle, as well as the business and legal needs of growing technology companies.

Janice speaks and writes extensively on IP issues, with a particular interest in recent patent law development.  She also writes and speaks frequently on the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and on Section 101 patent-eligibility jurisprudence following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank.  Her litigation practice includes actions in United States District Courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), state court, and arbitration and mediation tribunals.  She also represents clients in briefing appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, Janice served as a judicial clerk to The Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.  In 2018, Janice was recognized as a Texas Rising Star for her work in intellectual property litigation.

Experience Highlights

  • (W.D. Tex.) — Lead trial counsel for video and telecommunications company in trade secret lawsuit against a former employee that left to join the client’s direct competitor, resulting in defendant agreeing to cease use of the asserted trade secrets
  • (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


T +1.512.542.8512
F +1.512.236.3239
2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746
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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
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2018
  • 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