July 26, 2023

Accomplished IP Litigator Philip Sheng Joins Venable’s San Francisco Office

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San Francisco, CA (July 26, 2023) – Venable LLP is pleased to announce that Philip Sheng has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation - Technology Group in the San Francisco office. Mr. Sheng specializes in complex intellectual property disputes and has represented clients before the International Trade Commission, federal district and appellate courts, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Sheng has extensive experience in matters related to telecommunications, semiconductor integrated circuits, smartphone and tablet displays, as well as life sciences and pharmaceuticals. Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Michael Sandonato, a co-chair of the IP Litigation – Technology Group, said, “Philip’s extensive technical and courtroom experience will be a valuable addition to our IP team. We look forward to integrating him into the firm and seeing our clients benefit from his knowledge.”

“Philip has a strong reputation as a high-stakes IP litigator. I am excited to see him fortify Venable’s IP strength in Northern California as he continues to develop new opportunities as part of our team of talented and diverse attorneys here in the Bay Area,” said Jim Nelson, partner-in-charge of the firm’s San Francisco office.

Commenting on his move to Venable, Mr. Sheng said, “Venable is well known for its IP litigation work and has a stellar reputation in the industry. I look forward to further establishing its IP litigation presence in the Bay Area.”

Mr. Sheng received his J.D from Brigham Young University, and his B.A. in human biology from Stanford University.


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