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Baker Botts Welcomes International IP Litigator in Palo Alto


PALO ALTO, May 16, 2024 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international technology, energy and life sciences law firm, announced today that Chao “Wendy” Wang has joined its Intellectual Property Department as a partner in the Palo Alto office.

Wang represents clients in patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright cases. A U.S.-trained litigator, Wang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and regularly represents Chinese and Taiwanese technology companies in intellectual property disputes, commercial disputes, and government investigations. She works with companies in a range of industries that include video streaming and entertainment, semiconductors, LED lighting, telecommunications, chemistry and chemical engineering, interactive entertainment and gaming, and medical devices.

“We are thrilled that Wendy is joining our globally recognized IP Department," said Baker Botts Managing Partner, Danny David. "With her courtroom prowess, extensive experience, and impressive clientele, Wendy will enhance our already outstanding Bay Area IP litigation team. Her arrival also strengthens our ties with clients in Asia and adds a new dimension to our global reach. We are excited to have her on board.”

“Wendy is a strategic fit for the firm and our IP Department and another terrific addition to our Bay Area team,” said Christa Brown-Sanford, Chair of Baker Botts’ IP Department. “Through her global technology client base, particularly companies headquartered in China and involved in U.S. federal litigation, she will play an instrumental role in further bolstering our IP capabilities.”

“I am thrilled to join Baker Botts’ IP team,” Wang said. “The group is renowned for its deep bench of talented attorneys with strong technical backgrounds and global reach. I couldn’t think of a better fit for my skills and experience.”

Wang joins Baker Botts from Perkins Coie. Earlier in her career she was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronald M. Gould in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

She earned her J.D. from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. She also has an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University.

Wang’s arrival is the firm’s third lateral partner hire in the Bay Area in the past year and the fourth hire for the IP Department. She is the ninth lateral partner to join the firm since February 2024.

Baker Botts was recently named an Intellectual Property Practice Group of the Year by Law360. With over 165 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 200 scientific and technical degrees, including over 20 PhDs.

Baker Botts is an international law firm whose lawyers practice throughout a network of offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients' industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Since 1840, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit


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