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 across a broad range of technology areas in a variety of industries, including computer software and hardware, wireless broadband, telecommunications, semiconductors, light-emitting diodes (LEDS), and biotechnology.
Prior to attending law school, Janice was a product manager and user interface designer at Plaxo, Inc. where she shepherded the development of a variety of social networking products from conception to launch. Her deep understanding of the product development cycle and the business needs of growing technology companies has translated well into her legal practice, where she continues to work closely with engineers, scientists, and other innovators.
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, arbitration and mediation tribunals. She also represents clients in briefing appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Janice graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems (concentration in Human-Computer Interaction) and a B.A. in Art History. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she also served as Vice President and then President of the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities. From 2010-2011, Janice was a judicial clerk to The Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She contributes time to her community in a variety of ways, most recently serving as an Executive Committee Member of The Yale Law School Association and as a Board Member of Ballet Austin. In 2018 and 2019, Janice was recognized as a Texas Rising Star in IP litigation, an accolade awarded to only the top 2.5% of Texas lawyers age 40 or younger.