Timothy B. Yoo specializes in technology and intellectual property disputes. Timothy has rapidly established himself as a go-to trial lawyer for companies seeking to resolve their most complex commercial matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other disputes.

In 2020, Timothy was recognized as an “Intellectual Property Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. In 2016, he was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, and he has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation on its “Under 40 Hot List” of top attorneys in the U.S. every year since 2018.

Among his recent victories, in 2019, as co-lead trial counsel, Timothy achieved a complete defense verdict for his memory chip manufacturer client following a three-week federal jury trial in a $175-million breach-of-contract lawsuit brought on behalf of Microsoft over the supply of DRAM chips for the Xbox One.

Due to his ability to understand complex technical concepts quickly and to solve complicated problems efficiently, Timothy has been sought out by clients across various industries, from emerging to global Fortune 500 companies, to handle their most significant technical matters. For example, his current representations include the defense of the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer in an arbitration proceeding over atmospheric water generating technology, advising an OTT streaming content provider in several patent-infringement disputes across the U.S., and representing a Fortune 150 biopharmaceutical company in a contract dispute involving immunotherapy research and drug development.

Before joining Bird Marella, Timothy spent two years as the head of international disputes for Korea’s largest entertainment and media conglomerate, CJ Entertainment & Media, in Seoul, Korea. Based on that experience, a substantial portion of his current practice involves assisting Asian companies in traversing cross-border disputes and advising entertainment and technology companies on defending and asserting their intellectual property rights in the U.S.

Education

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

Honors & Awards

  • Named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, 2021

  • Recognized as Intellectual Property Trailblazer by National Law Journal, 2020

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

  • Named a Southern California Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine, 2017

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

Representative Cases

  • In June 2021, served as lead trial counsel to world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer in a ten-day JAMS arbitration hearing in Los Angeles, California involving atmospheric water generating technology. An award is expected to issue later in 2021.

  • As co-lead trial counsel, achieved a complete defense verdict on behalf of his client SK Hynix, the world’s second largest memory chip manufacturer, 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.).

  • As lead trial counsel, recovered millions on behalf of his LED-display manufacturer client Galaxia Electronics Co., Ltd. in a breach-of-contract case.  Timothy successfully petitioned the court for a Right to Attach order—an extraordinary pre-judgment remedy that allowed Galaxia to attach millions’ worth of defendants’ assets, including bank accounts and inventories.  After having its bank accounts seized, the primary defendant filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Following a vigorous pursuit of the debtor in that bankruptcy action, including extensive document discovery and a Rule 2004 examination of the company’s principal, Timothy was able to secure the recovery of several millions from the debtor’s bankruptcy estate.  Galaxia Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Luxmax, U.S.A., et al., Case No. 2:16-cv-05144-JAK-GJS (C.D. Cal.).

  • Completely defended a $50-million copyright-infringement lawsuit on behalf of his client CJ Entertainment & Media, Korea’s largest media conglomerate, 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.).

  • Defended ASRock America, a subsidiary of Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturer Pegatron Corporation, in a patent-infringement lawsuit involving high-performance WiFi routers, resulting in a favorable settlement for his client.  BE Labs, Inc. v. ASRock America, Inc., Case No. 2:19-cv-2637-JAK-AS (C.D Cal.).

  • Successfully represented a large wireless retailer in a franchisee suit against a leading national wireless carrier.  Verity Wireless, Inc. v. Sprint Solutions, Inc., 2:20-cv-02841-DSF-MRW (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 Frito-Lay.

  • Successfully defended an individual client in a trade-secrets-theft case against a tech conglomerate, resulting in the plaintiff tech company taking a license on his client’s patents (embodying the alleged trade secrets).

  • Served as trial counsel for leading 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.  ITC Investigation (337-TA-794).

  • 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.  Gold Value International Textile, Inc. v. Forever 21, Inc., 2:15-cv-07207-PSG-KS (C.D. Cal.).

Affiliations

  • Vice President, Board of Directors, LACBA Counsel for Justice
  • Member, Council of Korean Americans
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2016

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

Publications

Timothy B. Yoo specializes in technology and intellectual property disputes. Timothy has rapidly established himself as a go-to trial lawyer for companies seeking to resolve their most complex commercial matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other disputes.

In 2020, Timothy was recognized as an “Intellectual Property Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. In 2016, he was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, and he has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation on its “Under 40 Hot List” of top attorneys in the U.S. every year since 2018.

Among his recent victories, in 2019, as co-lead trial counsel, Timothy achieved a complete defense verdict for his memory chip manufacturer client following a three-week federal jury trial in a $175-million breach-of-contract lawsuit brought on behalf of Microsoft over the supply of DRAM chips for the Xbox One.

Due to his ability to understand complex technical concepts quickly and to solve complicated problems efficiently, Timothy has been sought out by clients across various industries, from emerging to global Fortune 500 companies, to handle their most significant technical matters. For example, his current representations include the defense of the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer in an arbitration proceeding over atmospheric water generating technology, advising an OTT streaming content provider in several patent-infringement disputes across the U.S., and representing a Fortune 150 biopharmaceutical company in a contract dispute involving immunotherapy research and drug development.

Before joining Bird Marella, Timothy spent two years as the head of international disputes for Korea’s largest entertainment and media conglomerate, CJ Entertainment & Media, in Seoul, Korea. Based on that experience, a substantial portion of his current practice involves assisting Asian companies in traversing cross-border disputes and advising entertainment and technology companies on defending and asserting their intellectual property rights in the U.S.

Representative Cases

  • In June 2021, served as lead trial counsel to world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer in a ten-day JAMS arbitration hearing in Los Angeles, California involving atmospheric water generating technology. An award is expected to issue later in 2021.

  • As co-lead trial counsel, achieved a complete defense verdict on behalf of his client SK Hynix, the world’s second largest memory chip manufacturer, 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.).

  • As lead trial counsel, recovered millions on behalf of his LED-display manufacturer client Galaxia Electronics Co., Ltd. in a breach-of-contract case.  Timothy successfully petitioned the court for a Right to Attach order—an extraordinary pre-judgment remedy that allowed Galaxia to attach millions’ worth of defendants’ assets, including bank accounts and inventories.  After having its bank accounts seized, the primary defendant filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Following a vigorous pursuit of the debtor in that bankruptcy action, including extensive document discovery and a Rule 2004 examination of the company’s principal, Timothy was able to secure the recovery of several millions from the debtor’s bankruptcy estate.  Galaxia Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Luxmax, U.S.A., et al., Case No. 2:16-cv-05144-JAK-GJS (C.D. Cal.).

  • Completely defended a $50-million copyright-infringement lawsuit on behalf of his client CJ Entertainment & Media, Korea’s largest media conglomerate, 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.).

  • Defended ASRock America, a subsidiary of Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturer Pegatron Corporation, in a patent-infringement lawsuit involving high-performance WiFi routers, resulting in a favorable settlement for his client.  BE Labs, Inc. v. ASRock America, Inc., Case No. 2:19-cv-2637-JAK-AS (C.D Cal.).

  • Successfully represented a large wireless retailer in a franchisee suit against a leading national wireless carrier.  Verity Wireless, Inc. v. Sprint Solutions, Inc., 2:20-cv-02841-DSF-MRW (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 Frito-Lay.

  • Successfully defended an individual client in a trade-secrets-theft case against a tech conglomerate, resulting in the plaintiff tech company taking a license on his client’s patents (embodying the alleged trade secrets).

  • Served as trial counsel for leading 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.  ITC Investigation (337-TA-794).

  • 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.  Gold Value International Textile, Inc. v. Forever 21, Inc., 2:15-cv-07207-PSG-KS (C.D. Cal.).

Affiliations

  • Vice President, Board of Directors, LACBA Counsel for Justice
  • Member, Council of Korean Americans
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2016

News & Events

Nicole Rodriguez Van Dyk and Timothy B. Yoo Named in Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List”

For a fourth consecutive year, Benchmark Litigation has named Bird Marella principals Nicole Rodriguez Van Dyk and Timothy B. Yoo to its “40 & Under Hot List.” The list recognizes litigation attorneys, 40 years old (or younger), who are regarded as the nation’s most accomplished legal practitioners.    Age aside, Benchmark Litigation uses this opportunity to highlight ...

15 Bird Marella Attorneys Recognized as 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers

Bird Marella is honored to recognize the attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list:  Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer Terry W. Bird Joel E. Boxer Paul S. Chan Mark T. Drooks Thomas R. Freeman Benjamin N. Gluck  (Top 100) Gary S. Lincenberg Vincent J. Marella Ronald ...

Timothy B. Yoo Named to National Law Journal’s 2020 Intellectual Property Trailblazers

Principal Timothy B. Yoo has been named to the National Law Journal’s list of Intellectual Property Trailblazers. The annual supplement recognizes legal practitioners who have impacted the industry through their groundbreaking achievements and distinctive leadership. Yoo’s feature highlights his origins at the California Institute of Technology, his successful defense of Korea’s largest entertainment ...

Timothy B. Yoo Discusses Korean Pop Culture’s Thriving Impact on Global Business Landscape

Principal Timothy B. Yoo authored the Bloomberg Law article, “K-Pop to Parasite—Navigating South Korean Business Culture.” The article details the rise of Korean entertainment as it reaches global phenomena, inevitably shaping the way content providers conduct international business. Yoo, who successfully defended CJ Entertainment & Media in a 2016 copyright infringement ...

Timothy B. Yoo Explores Legal Challenges for Video Streaming Services as Demand Grows

Principal Timothy B. Yoo authored the Daily Journal article, “Proliferation of Streaming Video Services Could Lead to Increased Regulations and Taxes on OTT Providers.” The article discusses the legalities surrounding the prominence of video streaming services such as Netflix and the emergence of new regulatory issues in several states.  As an established specialist on ...

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 ...

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