Cindy Yang

Partner @ Duane Morris LLP

Cindy Yang serves as a team lead for the Duane Morris Fintech industry group and is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. She was recognized by the National Law Journal as a 2018 Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and FinTech Trailblazer and the New York Law Journal as a 2019 New York Trailblazer.

Ms. Yang counsels clients on legal and regulatory issues in the fast-paced world of FinTech, cryptocurrencies, digital assets, cryptocurrency exchanges and fund formation, token technology, smart contracts, initial coin offerings (ICOs), security token offerings (STOs), initial exchange offerings (IEOs), cryptocurrency mining and public and permissioned blockchain-based technologies in a variety of applications, and handles inquiries involving cryptocurrencies and other digital assets before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She also counsels FinTech startups and banks on alternative payment and banking platforms and systems.

Ms. Yang focuses her practice on patent, trademark and copyright litigation; U.S. and foreign patent and trademark prosecution; Hatch-Waxman litigation; AIA proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Board of Patent Trial and Appeal Board; opinion work; licensing; due diligence investigations in M&A deals; sports and entertainment law; and counseling regarding the procurement and enforcement of IP rights worldwide.

Ms. Yang has extensive multidistrict experience and represents a broad spectrum of U.S. and international clients before courts throughout the United States. Ms. Yang’s litigation and counseling experience involves an expansive array of products and technologies, such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrency and fiat payment systems, digitized assets, quantum computing, gene and protein therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, vaccines, treatment methods, pharmaceutical compounds and formulations, medical devices, smart environmental monitoring systems, aquaculture production methods, light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and lighting systems, telemedicine, radio frequency identification systems, teleconferencing systems, magnetic fluid conditioning systems, website builders, music apps, public art works, jewelry and clothing designs. She also assists clients who must navigate issues involving U.S. federal regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Ms. Yang also prosecutes and manages U.S. and international patent portfolios for corporations, major universities, hospitals, research centers and startup ventures; handles inventor remuneration, licensing, collaboration and sale and acquisition issues related to IP portfolios; and provides freedom-to-operate and competitive landscape analyses.

In addition, Ms. Yang has negotiated and drafted license agreements, joint venture agreements, settlements of complex lawsuits, non-disclosure agreements, media and entertainment agreements, research & development agreements, software development agreements, and asset acquisition agreements. Ms. Yang also assists high tech, fashion, blockchain, media and entertainment companies, nonprofit organizations and professional sports teams with their trademark, advertising and branding strategies.

Before her legal career, Ms. Yang was a research associate at the Brain Tumor Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, studying the effects of seizures and ionizing radiation therapy on the hippocampal region of the brain, and exploring brain tissue repair modalities that promote neuronal stem cell proliferation and differentiation and migration of newly generated neurons toward damaged areas of the brain.

In addition to her scientific background, Ms. Yang performed professionally with various modern dance companies, physical dance theater companies and independent choreographers based in California and New York. She also cofounded an award-winning physical theater company based in San Francisco.

Areas of Practice
– FinTech
– Intellectual Property Law
– Patents
– Trademark and Copyright Litigation
– Patent and Trademark Prosecution
– Inter Partes Review
– Legal Notices
– Privacy