Joseph Bach

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     Joseph Bach is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group of Nixon Peabldy, LLC. He advises his clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution and litigation. Mr. Bach effectively assists clients in managing and protecting their intellectual property portfolios through the use of methodologies and protocols designed to align the IP strategy to the business goals and business model.
     Mr. Bach has extensive experience in litigating intellectual property cases before a wide variety of tribunals, including state and federal courts and the International Trade Commission.
With a truly global practice, Mr. Bach has advised technology companies all over the world, with a deep background in Silicon Valley, California, and Israeli companies and operations. He is also has significant experience with and is regularly invited to lecture on IP issues specific to China.

     Formerly the senior director of intellectual property with Applied Materials, the world’s largest supplier of equipment to the global semiconductor industry, Mr. Bach was responsible for all aspects of Applied Materials’ intellectual property internationally, including managing and implementing intellectual property strategies, supervising patent prosecution work, evaluating intellectual property of acquisition targets, negotiating various intellectual property agreements, performing product clearances, and defending patent oppositions.

     He has served as a guest lecturer at the California Institute of Technology, teaching a course in semiconductor fabrication technology. In both 2002 and 2003, Mr. Bach received a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “contributions resulting in the advancement of Patent Examiner knowledge,” being a USPTO invited lecturer on semiconductor and nano-fabrication technology.

Representative Litigation Cases

  • Hazani v. NEC et al. (Attorney for defendant NEC)
  • Datapoint v. NEC (Attorney for defendant NEC)
  • NetCentives v. Carlson Companies, Inc. (Expert for Plaintiff)
  • 3COM v. D-Link (Attorney for defendant)
  • Innovative Technologies Ltd., v. International Currency Technologies (Attorney for defendant)
  • Fujinon v. Motorola (Attorney for defendant)
  • LAM Research v. Advanced Micro Fabrication Equipment Co. (Attorney for Defendant)


  • “The Taiwan IP Court - Effective and Efficient,” Intellectual Property Law and International Trade Law,  Law 360 (2009)
  • Strategies for IP Protection in China,” International IP Issues and Strategies, Inside the Minds Book Series, Aspatore Books (2008)
  • Building and Managing an Effective IP Portfolio,” The Best Practices of Leading IP Lawyers, Inside the Minds Book Series, Aspatore Books (2007)
  • “The Tailgate that Wagged the Car Company,” IP Focus: China, Managing Intellectual Property, London, UK (2007)
  • “Patent Law of the Russian Federation,” International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law, Munich, Germany (1995)
  • “Shock Wave Consolidation of Amorpous Powders,” Materials Letters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1991)
  • “Feasibility Testing of the Martian Snake,” Eureka Conference Proceedings, Caltech, CA (1991)
  • “Shock Wave Consolidation of Metallic Glasses,” NCUR-90 Conference proceedings, Union College, NY (1990)

Speaking Engagements

  • "Policies and Strategies for Effectively Developing Clean Energy," The 4th International Solar City Congress, Dezhou, China, October 2010. 
  • Technology Strategies in China: Intellectual Property Consideration,” Guest Lecturer EE 402A | Topics in International Technology Management, Stanford University, October 2009, Palo Alto, CA.
  • “Breakthrough Tech for Truly Cost-Effective Alternative Energy”, moderator, Silicon Summit, Stanford, CA, June 3, 2009
  • “The Role of Intellectual Property in Enhancing Company’s Business Strategy,” SilicomVentures International Summit, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 30, 2008
  • "Patent Pending: IP workshop", SilicomVentures International Summit, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 29, 2008
  • “Working with Management on IP Strategy,” Association of In-House IP Managers, Yavne, Israel, October 2007
  • “Alignment of IP Strategies,” AIPLA Online Seminar, July 13, 2007
  • “Intellectual Property—A Competitive Weapon,” January 2007, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China
  • Patent Mock Trial, November 2006, Bo’ao, Hainan Island, China
  • “Intellectual Property and Counterfeits in China,” Guest Lecturer EE 402A | Intellectual Property Management for Technology Business in Asia, Stanford University, October 2006, Palo Alto, California
  • “Investment And Entrepreneurship In The Global Village: Infrastructure, Enablers And Accelerators,” International Summit, Tel Aviv, Israel, June 2006
  • “Patent Trolls: What They Are And Why They Exist,” Corporate Counsel’s Guide To Software, Internet, & Telecom Patents, May 2006, San Francisco
  • “Patent Valuations: Bridging Matters Of Finance And Law,” Corporate Intellectual Property in China 2006 conference, April 2006, Shanghai, China
  • “U.S.P.T.O. Proposed Rulemaking,” Korean Intellectual Property Office (Daejon, Korea), February 2006
  • “Engaging Asia For Present And Future Growth,” Japan Export Trade Organization, January, 2006
  • “U.S. Patent Practice,” Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taipei), March 2005
  • “Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights: Understanding The Cultures,” Glasser Legal Works, May 2005
  • “Semiconductor Fabrication Technology,” Applied Physics class, Caltech, Fall 2004
  • “Intellectual Property Valuation,” Glasser Legal Works, October 2004
  • “Semiconductor Fabrication Technology,” Applied Physics class, Caltech, Fall 2003
  • “From Sand To Cellphones: Applied Materials Place In The Information Age; USPTO,”  July 2003
  • “Semiconductor Fabrication Technology, USPTO,” July 2002
  • “In-House IP Protection: Keeping The Aim On A Moving Target;” Science & Technology Law Center (Taipei), July 2002


Mr. Bach is admitted to practice in California, Maryland (inactive), Pennsylvania (inactive), the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Duke University, J.D.
California Institute of Technology, B.S. Engineering and Applied Science
AeA/Stanford Executive Institute


Mr. Bach is a member of the Advisory Board for Silicom Ventures, LLC.
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