Arthur Yuan has nearly 15 years of experience in intellectual property law, focusing on providing a cost-effective while holistic approach to achieve the client’s objectives. As native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, he advises both domestic and foreign clients from strategic patent and trademark prosecution to counseling on international corporations doing business in the U.S., China and Taiwan while leveraging intellectual property assets.
With a background in computer science, Arthur provides counsel on patentable technologies relating to business methods, electronic commerce, FinTech, electronics, payment processing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, semiconductors, computer (mobile) operating systems, media content processing, telecommunication systems, search engines, database structures, automation, and mechanical devices, such as tripods and gimbals. He has also worked with business management applications, data security, encryption, blockchain, electronic medical devices, mobile devices, social networks, web mash-up programming and satellite transmission systems.
Arthur is experienced in resolving patent and trademark disputes. For example, he defended a patent of a U.S. subsidiary of a Taiwan-based corporation in an ex parte reexamination proceeding before the USPTO. The patent, after surviving the reexamination, led to a very favorable licensing deal against a major competitor. In another trademark dispute, he successfully defended the same client against a trademark infringement allegation from an accuser (a Fortune 200 corporation) by using a prior patent of the accuser that specifically indicated that the trademark possesses a utilitarian function.
Arthur is also versed in covered business method proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and trademark protection and has advised international clients on trademark issues, especially dealing with countries that use some form of Chinese characters (e.g., China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Singapore, and Taiwan). Furthermore, he frequently counsels clients on patent and trademark issues when selling products on online marketplaces.
Outside of the legal practice, he served as the executive director/director of the Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center of John Marshall Law School (now UIC John Marshall Law School) from 2010 to 2018. The school had longstanding ties to many Chinese and Taiwanese government entities responsible for IP law and, as such, Arthur managed and coordinated conferences and educational training programs for the USPTO, U.S. federal courts, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) (now China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)), the Judicial Yuan of ROC, and other Chinese delegations. He travels to China frequently to give lectures to patent examiners on U.S. intellectual property law. As a former director of the school’s IP Patent Clinic, he frequently counseled individual inventors on their innovations and assisted them in obtaining patents before the USPTO on a pro bono basis.
- The John Marshall Law School, J.D.
- University of Houston, Computer Science, B.S.
- Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Registered Foreign Lawyer, The Law Society of Hong Kong
- Registered Foreign Lawyer, Taiwan
- Named "Illinois Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property by Thomson Reuters (2018-2019)
- Named "Illinois Rising Star" in Intellectual Property byThomson Reuters (2016)
- Co-chair, International Relations Committee of Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
- Member, Richard Linn American Inn of Court
- Member, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
- Adjunct Faculty Member, The John Marshall Law School
- Adjunct Associate Professor, National Chiao-Tung University (Taiwan, R.O.C.)
- Editor, AIPLA Quarterly Journal Editorial Board (2013-2015)