Timothy B. Yoo specializes in technology and intellectual property disputes. Timothy has rapidly become a go-to trial counsel for helping companies resolve their most complex commercial matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

In 2016, he was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, and in both 2018 and 2019, he was recognized by Benchmark Litigation on its “Under 40 Hot List” of top attorneys in the U.S.

Fluent in Korean, Timothy co-heads Bird Marella’s Korea Practice and is a member of the firm’s Entertainment Practice Group, where he specializes in advising entertainment and technology companies on defending and asserting their intellectual property rights in the US. He also advises domestic and multinational companies on all aspects of commercial and business disputes, including trials and appeals in state and federal courts.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., American Jurisprudence Award (Introduction to IP), 2007
  • California Institute of Technology, B.S., 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation, 2018-present

  • Named “Top 40 under 40” in California by the Daily Journal, 2016

Representative Cases

  • As co-lead trial counsel, achieved a complete defense verdict on behalf of his client SK Hynix, one of the world’s largest chip manufacturers, after a three-week jury trial in the Western District of Washington in a $175-million breach-of-contract lawsuit brought on behalf of the Microsoft Corporation by its subsidiary insurer.  Cypress Insurance Co. v. SK Hynix America, Inc., Case No. 2:17-cv-00467-RAJ (W.D. Wash.).

  • Led a team that successfully defended a $50-million copyright-infringement lawsuit on behalf of his client CJ Entertainment & Media concerning the distribution of “K-pop” songs in the U.S. over the Beats Music platform.  Prior to the commencement of extensive international discovery, Timothy was able to get the case dismissed in its entirety based on the doctrine of forum non conveniens, which the Ninth Circuit has noted is an “exceptional” remedy that is rarely to be used.  DFSB Kollective Co. Ltd. v. CJ E&M, Inc., et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-01650-SVW-FFM (C.D. Cal.).

  • Favorably resolved a global trademark dispute on behalf of his snack-food manufacturer client World Peas Brand, the maker of Peatos™, against the Frito-Lay company.

  • Obtained a Right to Attach order on behalf of his client Galaxia Electronics Co., Ltd., an LED-display manufacturer in a $16-million breach-of-contract case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  Timothy successfully petitioned the court for a Right to Attach order, which entitles Galaxia to the extraordinary pre-judgment remedy of obtaining writs of attachment over defendants’ properties, after demonstrating that it was “more likely than not” that Galaxia would obtain a monetary judgment in an amount certain against those defendants.  Galaxia Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Luxmax, U.S.A., et al., Case No. 2:16-cv-05144-JAK-GJS (C.D. Cal.).

  • Represented a California financial institution against claims of securities fraud and alleged damages exceeding $25 million. Plaintiff was the largest shareholder and former Chairman of the Board for the institution. After cross-examination of Plaintiff and certain rulings by the trial judge, Plaintiff agreed to have judgment entered in favor of client, ending five years of litigation.

  • Successfully defended one of the largest American fashion retailers in a design copyright infringement lawsuit, obtaining a dismissal with prejudice before the close of fact discovery.

  • Represented large wireless device manufacturer in a patent infringement investigation before the International Trade Commission, resulting in a determination of non-infringement and invalidity of the asserted patent.

  • Represented Intel in a patent litigation matter in the District of Delaware, resulting in a stipulation and final judgment of non-infringement following claim construction, which was later affirmed on appeal.

  • Represented defense subcontractor in a theft of trade secrets and Lanham Act Section 43 trade dress/unfair competition action in the Central District of California, resulting in a favorable settlement for the client.

Affiliations

  • Regional Governor, International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Member, Korean American Bar Association of Southern California
  • Member, Board of Directors, LACBA Counsel for Justice
  • 2016 Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

Recent News & Events

Other News & Events

  • Speaker, Managing Disputes as In-House Counsel, ALB Korea In-house Legal Summit 2014, November 2014
  • Speaker, Creating a successful international ADR strategy, ALB International ADR Conference, July 2014
  • Panelist, External Arbitrators Aiding In-house Counsel – Communication, Practice and Issues Needing Improvement, 4th Hong Kong International Arbitration Summit, May 2014

Timothy B. Yoo specializes in technology and intellectual property disputes. Timothy has rapidly become a go-to trial counsel for helping companies resolve their most complex commercial matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

In 2016, he was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, and in both 2018 and 2019, he was recognized by Benchmark Litigation on its “Under 40 Hot List” of top attorneys in the U.S.

Fluent in Korean, Timothy co-heads Bird Marella’s Korea Practice and is a member of the firm’s Entertainment Practice Group, where he specializes in advising entertainment and technology companies on defending and asserting their intellectual property rights in the US. He also advises domestic and multinational companies on all aspects of commercial and business disputes, including trials and appeals in state and federal courts.

Representative Cases

  • As co-lead trial counsel, achieved a complete defense verdict on behalf of his client SK Hynix, one of the world’s largest chip manufacturers, after a three-week jury trial in the Western District of Washington in a $175-million breach-of-contract lawsuit brought on behalf of the Microsoft Corporation by its subsidiary insurer.  Cypress Insurance Co. v. SK Hynix America, Inc., Case No. 2:17-cv-00467-RAJ (W.D. Wash.).

  • Led a team that successfully defended a $50-million copyright-infringement lawsuit on behalf of his client CJ Entertainment & Media concerning the distribution of “K-pop” songs in the U.S. over the Beats Music platform.  Prior to the commencement of extensive international discovery, Timothy was able to get the case dismissed in its entirety based on the doctrine of forum non conveniens, which the Ninth Circuit has noted is an “exceptional” remedy that is rarely to be used.  DFSB Kollective Co. Ltd. v. CJ E&M, Inc., et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-01650-SVW-FFM (C.D. Cal.).

  • Favorably resolved a global trademark dispute on behalf of his snack-food manufacturer client World Peas Brand, the maker of Peatos™, against the Frito-Lay company.

  • Obtained a Right to Attach order on behalf of his client Galaxia Electronics Co., Ltd., an LED-display manufacturer in a $16-million breach-of-contract case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  Timothy successfully petitioned the court for a Right to Attach order, which entitles Galaxia to the extraordinary pre-judgment remedy of obtaining writs of attachment over defendants’ properties, after demonstrating that it was “more likely than not” that Galaxia would obtain a monetary judgment in an amount certain against those defendants.  Galaxia Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Luxmax, U.S.A., et al., Case No. 2:16-cv-05144-JAK-GJS (C.D. Cal.).

  • Represented a California financial institution against claims of securities fraud and alleged damages exceeding $25 million. Plaintiff was the largest shareholder and former Chairman of the Board for the institution. After cross-examination of Plaintiff and certain rulings by the trial judge, Plaintiff agreed to have judgment entered in favor of client, ending five years of litigation.

  • Successfully defended one of the largest American fashion retailers in a design copyright infringement lawsuit, obtaining a dismissal with prejudice before the close of fact discovery.

  • Represented large wireless device manufacturer in a patent infringement investigation before the International Trade Commission, resulting in a determination of non-infringement and invalidity of the asserted patent.

  • Represented Intel in a patent litigation matter in the District of Delaware, resulting in a stipulation and final judgment of non-infringement following claim construction, which was later affirmed on appeal.

  • Represented defense subcontractor in a theft of trade secrets and Lanham Act Section 43 trade dress/unfair competition action in the Central District of California, resulting in a favorable settlement for the client.

Affiliations

  • Regional Governor, International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Member, Korean American Bar Association of Southern California
  • Member, Board of Directors, LACBA Counsel for Justice
  • 2016 Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

News & Events

Benchmark Litigation Names Three Bird Marella Principals to the Under 40 Hot List

Bird Marella is proud to announce that principals Ariel Neuman, Timothy Yoo, and Nicole Van Dyk have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as leading litigation attorneys under 40 years of age in its annual Under 40 Hot List. To see the full list, please click here. Benchmark Litigation commemorates the most ...

Six Bird Marella Attorneys Selected by Super Lawyers as 2017 Rising Stars

Bird Marella attorneys Ariel Neuman, David Chao, Nicole Van Dyk, Kimberley Miller, Doug Fretty, and Timothy Yoo have been selected by Super Lawyers as 2017 Rising Stars. This is the third consecutive year that both Ariel (white-collar litigation) and David (civil litigation) have been selected. For the second consecutive year, ...

Timothy Yoo Named to Daily Journal’s Top 40 under 40

Bird Marella principal Timothy Yoo has been named to the Daily Journal’s Top 40 under 40 list. The annual listing honors 40 attorneys, 20 from Northern California and 20 from Southern California, under the age of 40 whose work is impacting an industry, society, or the law in a meaningful ...

Bird Marella Prevails at Trial for Hanmi Bank in Securities Fraud Lawsuit

Bird Marella attorneys Ekwan Rhow, Terry Bird, Timothy Yoo, and Emerson Kim successfully defended Hanmi Bank and its parent company, Hanmi Financial Corporation, against claims of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation brought by its former Chairman and largest individual shareholder, John Ahn.

Other News & Events

  • Speaker, Managing Disputes as In-House Counsel, ALB Korea In-house Legal Summit 2014, November 2014
  • Speaker, Creating a successful international ADR strategy, ALB International ADR Conference, July 2014
  • Panelist, External Arbitrators Aiding In-house Counsel – Communication, Practice and Issues Needing Improvement, 4th Hong Kong International Arbitration Summit, May 2014