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Baker Botts Welcomes First-Chair Patent Trial Lawyer in Palo Alto


PALO ALTO, September 8, 2020 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international technology, energy and life sciences law firm, announced today that Peter Kang has joined the firm as a partner in its Intellectual Property Department and as co-chair of the firm’s Korea-based IP practice. 

Mr. Kang is a first chair patent and IP trial lawyer, having tried dozens of bench and jury trials during his career. In addition to trials in district courts and hearings at the International Trade Commission, he also represents clients before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board. He advises in all areas of intellectual property law for clients that range from Silicon Valley startups to multinational electronics manufacturers, especially from Asia.

“Pete’s impressive patent and IP trial experience will help us even further in meeting the increasing demands of our technology clients globally,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner John Martin. “Pete has strong relationships with a range of technology clients and will add to our world-class capabilities in IP, trial and technology, which are a few of our premier specialties.”

“Pete has 30 years of patent and IP trial experience and has devoted his career to working with prominent technology clients on many of their most complex cases,” said Rob Scheinfeld, Chair of Baker Botts’ IP Department. “He and the clients he serves are perfect strategic fits, and we are excited to welcome him to Baker Botts.” 

Mr. Kang joins Baker Botts from Sidley Austin, where he served as a first-chair IP trial lawyer for 17 years, representing a range of clients in the technology sector. He was also the IP lead for that firm’s Korea practice and currently serves as President of the International Association of Korean Lawyers Charitable Foundation. After completing a clerkship with the Hon. Ernest C. Torres of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, he began his career with Skjerven Morrill, an IP boutique firm in Silicon Valley, where he eventually assumed the role of Managing Partner of that firm’s San Francisco office. He joined Sidley in San Francisco in 2003 and was a founding partner of Sidley’s Palo Alto office since it opened there in 2009.  He served as Chair of the Sidley Palo Alto office’s Diversity Committee, and was the senior IP partner in that office.

Mr. Kang’s arrival comes less than a month after another lateral IP partner joined Baker Botts. In August, Christopher Palermo, founding and named partner of the IP boutique Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham L.L.P., joined the firm’s Palo Alto office.

Among other awards, Mr. Kang has been recognized by Chambers every year since 2012. Chambers Global has ranked him in Band 1 in the field of Intellectual Property: South Korea (Experts Based Abroad). The Daily Journal ranked him as one of the Top IP Lawyers in California.  He is the author of Intellectual Property Litigation in the United States International Trade Commission, which at one point was ranked No. 1 on Amazon in Intellectual Property, International Law, and Foreign & International Law.

Mr. Kang earned undergraduate degrees in Classics and Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1986 and 1987, respectively. He received his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990.

“I am delighted to be joining Baker Botts’ first-rate team of IP and technology lawyers with strong ties to the Silicon Valley community,” said Mr. Kang.  “I look forward to bringing ever greater resources to serving clients from this key global technology center and in IP matters worldwide.”

Baker Botts provides a large team of focused and technically trained intellectual property lawyers who work with clients to provide creative solutions for their toughest challenges across every industry and technology.  With over 200 attorneys and patent professionals dedicated to IP from coast to coast and across the globe, Baker Botts has one of the largest and most highly regarded IP practices of any general practice law firm.  Its lawyers collectively hold over 240 scientific and technical degrees, including over 20 PhDs.

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