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Agatha H. Liu, Ph.D.

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Dr. Liu’s practice concentrates on IP analysis, portfolio management, and strategic counseling. She routinely advises investors, business owners, and inventors on all areas of IP related to computer technology. She also speaks and writes extensively on different IP topics, such as eligibility for IP protection, IP protection for emerging technology, and global IP protection. 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.

Professional Background

  • 2017 - present – Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP
  • 2007 - 2017 – Private practice—Silicon Valley and New York City law offices


  • J.D. – Fordham University, New York, NY
  • Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering – University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • B.S. – Columbia University, New York, NY

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office


  • IAPP CIPP/US Certification

Publications and Lectures

"Celebrities and Creative Geniuses Rejoice – NFTs Part I" By Jeffrey R. Madrak and Agatha H. Liu, April 13, 2021

"Here is to Renewed Optimism for Aggrieved Artists" By Tina Wang and Agatha H. Liu, April 2, 2021

"Did You Know That Blockchains Can Help You, Too?" By Jeffrey R. Madrak and Agatha H. Liu, March 5, 2021

"Remembering The Notorious Justice Ginsburg" By Adam C. Stone and Agatha H. Liu, October 20, 2020

“Developing a Global Patent Portfolio” New Matter - The Official Publication of the Intellectual Property Section of the California State Bar, volume 45, number 3, pages 5-10, 2020

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

"Machine Learning Patents," High Tech Law Journal and Journal of International Law Machine Learning Symposium, Santa Clara University, San Jose, 2020

“Do I Have A Patentable Technology in Artificial Intelligence?” New Matter–The Official Publication of the Intellectual Property Section of the California State Bar, volume 44, number 3, pages 13-16, 2019

“Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: What are the prospects?” International Intellectual Property Law Association (IIPLA) 3rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2018

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

"Supreme Court holds computerization of abstract ideas not patent-eligible,” Lexology, 2014

Co-author with R. Fischer, “Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Networks and McKesson Technologies v. Epic Systems: Federal Circuit Changes the Law of Active Inducement,” Lexology, 2012

Co-author with F. A. DeLucia, “U.S. High Court Limits Patents Based on the Laws of Nature,” China Daily, July 11, 2012

Co-author with L. P. Diana, “Third-Party Opposition of Patent Issuance,” China Intellectual Property July/August 2011 74-6, 2011