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Patrick Soon focuses his practice on intellectual property law and related litigation. He is experienced in assisting clients with their trademark portfolios including counseling on trademark availability, selection, enforcement, and handling all aspects of trademark prosecution including resolving inter-parties proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
In addition to trademark matters, Mr. Soon also advises on copyright ability of client materials, has obtained copyright registrations on behalf of his clients, and handles related intellectual property business matters such as preparing assignments, licenses, and confidentiality agreements.
Prior to joining WHGC, Mr. Soon worked as an Associate for the boutique intellectual property law firm of Goodman Mooney, L.L.P. based in Irvine, California. There he served a range of artists, athletes, and corporations regarding their copyright, trademark, and patent portfolios in transactional and civil litigation matters. Later, he assisted in a confidential litigation project at the Google headquarters in Silicon Valley related to their electronic discovery matters as an Attorney for the Adecco Group for Google.
Mr. Soon obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences with a Minor in English Literature from the University of British Columbia from his native Vancouver, Canada. He holds a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School.
While in law school, Mr. Soon earned a Dean's Citation Medal, was awarded the CALI Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Litigation, and received a Fellowship in Intellectual Property Law. He was also a staff editor of the Whittier Law Review, a national competing member of the Moot Court Honors Board, and President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Mr. Soon complemented his intellectual property law education with time spent in Beijing at Tsinghua University as part of the Chinese Intellectual Property Summer Institute.
Outside his work at WHGC, Mr. Soon volunteers his time for the American Bar Association as an editor on the Section of Litigation's Technology for the Litigator Committee. The committee is dedicated to helping litigators benefit from technology in both their practices and their everyday lives spanning topics such as discovery, social media, mobile applications, and cloud storage. He also serves as the technology columnist for ALIST Magazine, the publishing arm of the National Association of Asian American Professionals.
Mr. Soon has co-authored two columns that have reached the #1 spot for most popular articles published on Inside Counsel: "8 Great Websites that Attorneys Absolutely Must Know About!" published on July 10, 2014, and "Looking at 11 Useful Mobile Apps that Attorneys May Have Never Heard of," published on June 10, 2014. Mr. Soon recently co-authored another article, "Top 8 Low-Tech Life Hacks for Lawyers," published on October 1, 2014, that reached the #2 spot on Inside Counsel.
In April, 2014, Mr. Soon made a guest appearance on KUCI's radio program, The Docket, hosted by Evan Simon. The entire 30-minute program focused on another of Mr. Soon's co-authored articles, "Driverless Technology and the Issue of Liability: Who's Responsible?"
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Areas of Practice
- Intellectual Property
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Business Litigation
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Intellectual Property Prosecution
- Intellectual Property Transactions and Business Licensing
- International Law
- Litigation & Appeals
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
- Honors: Dean's Citation Award
- Honors: Intellectual Property Fellow
- Honors: Law Review
- Honors: Moot Court
- Honors: Awarded the CALI Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Litigation
- University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Major: Life Sciences
- Minor: English Literature
- Silver, Garlic and Attorney's Fees: How Judges May Increasingly Employ Fee-Shifting to Ward Off So-Called "Patent Trolls" , Orange County Lawyer, October, 2014
- The Top 4 Advantages of Trade Secret Protection , Inside Counsel, Sept. 18, 2014
- Trademark Squatting in China: What Every American Business Should Know , Inside Counsel, Sept. 4
- Top 5 Technology Pitfalls for Attorneys to Avoid , Inside Counsel, Aug. 8, 2014
- 8 Great Websites that Attorneys Absolutely Must Know About , Inside Counsel, July 14, 2014
- Eleven Great Free Mobile Apps for Attorneys That Were Not Designed for Attorneys, Orange County Lawyer, July, 2014
- Looking at 11 Useful Mobile Apps that Attorneys May Have Never Heard Of, Inside Counsel, June 10, 2014
- Prince and the Copyright Revolution (Part Three), Inside Counsel, May 27, 2014
- Prince and the Copyright Revolution (Part Two), Inside Counsel, May 13, 2014
- Prince and the Copyright Revolution (Part One), Inside Counsel, April 29, 2014
- The Internet of Things and the Issue of Intellectual Property Rights (Part Two), Inside Counsel, Apr. 15, 2014
- The Internet of Things and the Issue of Intellectual Property Rights (Part One), Inside Counsel, Mar. 28, 2014
- Driverless Technology and the Issue of Liability: Who's Responsible?, Inside Counsel, Mar. 14, 2014
- Warning! Wearing Google Glass May Cause Legal Headaches (Part Two), Inside Counsel, Feb. 28, 2014
- Warning! Wearing Google Glass May Cause Legal Headaches (Part One), Inside Counsel, Feb. 14, 2014
- Caution Before You Crowdfund! (Part Two), Inside Counsel, Jan. 31, 2014
- Caution Before You Crowdfund! (Part One), Inside Counsel, Jan. 17, 2014
- Top Five Free Android Apps for Intellectual Property Litigators, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, July 24, 2013
- The Magic of Reverse Image Searches, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Feb. 12, 2013
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
- American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
- Orange County Patent Law Association
- Orange County Bar Association
- Orange County Asian American Bar Association
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
- Goodman Mooney, LLP, Irvine, California, Associate Attorney
- Adecco Group for Google, Mountain View, California
- Cantonese Chinese