Agatha H. Liu


  • Agatha H. Liu
  • Phone: +1 650 847 4174

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    260 Homer Avenue, Suite 202
    Palo Alto, CA 94301-2777

Agatha H. Liu, Ph.D. practices in the area of intellectual property law, focusing her practice on IP analysis, portfolio management and strategic counseling. She routinely advises investors, business owners, and technologists on all aspects of IP related to computers and the Internet, ranging from enterprise software development to online data privacy. She also speaks and writes extensively on different IP topics, such as eligibility for IP protection, the value of IP associated with emerging technology, and global IP management.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Dr. Liu held positions in technology and management consulting. She has a significant research background in artificial intelligence as applied to internet communications, database system management, computational biology and speech recognition.

Areas of Practice

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Technology Transactions, Licensing and Commercial Contracts
  • Trademark, Copyright, Entertainment and Advertising
  • Privacy and Data Protection


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Washington, Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering
  • Columbia University, B.S.


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2023-present
  • Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP
    - Partner/Counsel, 2017-2023

Professional Activities

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
    - CIPP/US Certification
  • California Lawyers Association
    - Intellectual Property Section
    - Executive Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley

  • Licensing Executives Society—Silicon Valley
  • Santa Clara University
    - Bronco Venture Accelerator and Entrepreneurs’ Legal Advising Clinic

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Get Smart with AI: Strategic Contracting to Reduce Risk,” Duane Morris Webinar, November 15, 2023
  • Moderator, “Where Our AI Policy is Headed – A Discussion with the Copyright Office and the Patent and Trademark Office,” California Lawyers Association, Webinar, October 26, 2023
  • Panelist, "Understanding and Navigating Bias in Artificial Intelligence," Duane Morris 2023 George Boyer Vashon Lecture, May 19, 2023
  • Participant and Mentor, ChIPs Mock Pitch Program on Generative AI, May 18, 2023
  • Speaker, “Filing Strategies in Light of EU Unitary System,” Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute - 23rd Annual Event, December 8th, 2022
  • Speaker, “Strategic Global Protection of Your Inventions,” AIPLA Webinar, August 11, 2021

  • Speaker, “Better Leveraging Companies' Intellectual Property for Maximum Business Growth,” Bay Area CHIZAI's 33rd Seminar, June 25, 2021

  • Speaker, “The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: Hot Buttons in 2020,” The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series., July 8, 2020

  • Speaker, “Machine Learning Patents,” High Tech Law Journal and Journal of International Law Machine Learning Symposium, Santa Clara University, San Jose, California, April 12, 2020

  • Speaker, “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: What Are the Prospects?” International Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) 3rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, December 31, 2018

  • Speaker, “Artificial Intelligence and the Patent Law – Promises and Perils,” The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, December 30, 2018

Representative Matters

  • Advised a software company on privacy policy and other user agreements related to using and developing generative AI tools.
  • Assisted a software company in developing their patent portfolio that optimizes and secures operations of complex industrial systems with innovative machine learning.

  • Represented the patent portfolio of an an AI-based enterprise SaaS platform deigned to predict and automate repetitive computer tasks.

  • Represented a patent portfolio for an international company using machine learning to empower a skill-based labor market.

  • Counseled a company offering AI-powered solutions to the education sector on intellectual property matters, including designs, trademarks, and due diligence.

  • Assisted companies in an AI incubator with developing patent portfolios for supply chain and IT infrastructure sectors.

  • Assisted a global audio technology company in protecting deep-learning based technology for speech enhancement and noise reduction.

  • Counseled a cloud-based spend management platform on acquisition of technology companies and IP portfolios.

  • Counseled an online collaboration platform on global trademark protection involving various trademark proceedings.

  • Represented a global data analytics company in their patent portfolio for data integration, transformation and security in distributed database management systems.
  • Represented a digital agriculture company with their global patent portfolio covering advanced machine analysis of nature and agriculture data.

  • Assisted with IP evaluation and due diligence for an investment firm offering strategic financing to fund emerging technologies and build patent portfolios.