Yiheng focuses his practice on patent procurement, prosecution, licensing, and strategic intellectual property portfolio management in software and other computer-related matters. He received a B.Eng. in Computer Science and Technology from Tsinghua University (2001) and an M.S. in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining from Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science (2004). Yiheng holds a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law (2013), where he received multiple Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence.
Before joining Seed IP Law Group, Yiheng was an attorney at one of the largest IP boutiques and then at an international general practice firm. Yiheng counseled clients on various intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution strategies, technology landscape surveys, freedom-to-operate, and infringement analyses.
Yiheng has drafted numerous utility patent applications relating to a broad range of technologies, including cloud computing, computer networks, machine learning, data mining, image processing, computer vision, light detection and ranging (LiDAR), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), computer numerical control (CNC) machines, telecommunications, social networks, computer gaming, data storage, e-commerce, and wearable electronics.
Yiheng’s international experience includes coordinating various international patent application filings and advising on patent prosecution in the European Union, Japan, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, and Mexico. He has also prepared and prosecuted trademark and design patent applications. Also, Yiheng is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
University of California, Davis School of Law - J.D. (Order of the Coif) 2013
Carnegie Mellon University, - School of Computer Science - Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining - M.S. 2004
Tsinghua University (Beijing) - Computer Science and Technology - B.Eng. 2001
Yiheng is admitted to the Washington State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Washington State Patent Law Association.
Honors & Awards
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Contracts
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Patent Law
Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Patent Prosecution and Practice
Siebel Scholar Class of 2003