Agatha H. Liu, Ph.D., Counsel

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Dr. Liu concentrates her practice on patent analysis, counseling, and portfolio management. She also represents clients in trademark, licensing, and technology development matters. She has advised companies in various verticals related to computer-related technology, such as image processing, cloud computing, communication networks, e-commerce, gaming, consumer electronics, and medical devices.

Dr. Liu practiced law in New York City before continuing her legal career in the Silicon Valley. Prior to entering the legal profession, she held positions in the technology and business consulting industries. She has a significant research background in artificial intelligence, as applied to in Internet communications, database system management, computational biology, and speech recognition. Her research findings can be found in peer-reviewed journals.

Professional Background


2017-Present 2007-2017 Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP
Private practice—Silicon Valley and New York City law offices


Educational Background


Fordham University (New York, New York)
Ph.D. University of Washington, Computer Science and Engineering (Seattle, Washington)
B.S. Columbia University (New York, New York)

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
Select Publications
  • “Supreme Court holds computerization of abstract ideas not patent-eligible,” Lexology, 2014
  • Co-author with R. Fischer, “Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Networks and McKesson Technologies v. Epic Systems: Federal Circuit Changes the Law of Active Inducement,” Lexology, 2012
  • Co-author with F. A. DeLucia, “U.S. High Court Limits Patents Based on the Laws of Nature,” China Daily July 11, 2012
  • Co-author with L. P. Diana, “Third-Party Opposition of Patent Issuance,” China Intellectual Property July/August 2011 74-6, 2011Liu, A. H., 2011. Supreme Court holds computerization of abstract ideas not patent-eligible.