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525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, California 92101
Direct Phone: 619.515.3253
Direct Fax: 619.744.5453

12544 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, California 92130
Direct Phone: 858.720.6300

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Kam W. Li


United States Patent and Trademark Office
Foreign Language(s)
Kam focuses his practice on litigation and transactional work in the areas of intellectual property rights, unfair competition laws, international business and financing transactions (Greater China Region), banking and financial institutions and related litigation. He assists a wide range of US and international clients with due diligence in property transactions, as well as intellectual property strategies, protection and licensing, commercial transactions, deployment of intellectual capital and strategic partnering relationships. Kam's clients include major financial institutions, regulatory agencies and multinational corporations and institutions in the US and the Far East. He is the named inventor of an innovative, patent pending system, which provides highly efficient and cost-effective solutions with multi-language support for the investigation and enforcement actions against IPR violations on Chinese Internet trade portals.

Kam is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of California, the United States Federal Courts and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is also a registered professional engineer in the State of California. Before his legal career, he was an engineer involved in technology development in the energy field.

Representative Matter
  • Structures joint venture/licensing relationship between a US technology client and Chinese company for the importation and distribution of proprietary products in China.
  • Counsels clients in international project financing and access to capital market in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China.
  • Counsels clients in partnering negotiations, technology acquisition, licensing, joint research, development and outsourcing production and distribution relationships for clients in the US, China and other countries.
  • Counsels clients in the greater China region in investments and doing business in the US.
  • Enforces actions on behalf of US and international clients against IPR abuses in China.
  • Prosecutes administrative and criminal enforcement actions against counterfeiters resulting in seizure of substantial quantities of counterfeits and criminal convictions of Chinese counterfeits. In one action, case was cited by the China Quality Brand Protection Committee as one of the top ten model cases of IPR enforcement in China for 2013-2014.
  • Enforces actions against IPR abuses on top Chinese Internet trade portals on behalf of clients with innovative, proprietary technology resulting in the removal of over 9.5 cans of counterfeit products valued at over $12M; success rate over 98% over an 18-month period.
  • Assists clients in the execution of their Global IPR enforcement strategy focusing on China (administrative and judicial enforcement and raids and customs seizures against counterfeiters and infringers).
  • Conducted due diligence in examining multi-billion dollar loan portfolios for professional liability and advising institution on remedies and actions to recover.
  • Represented a client in a $115M hotel acquisition and renovation project, hotel operating agreement and negotiation of $225M financing facilities.
  • JD, University of San Diego Law School
  • MS (Mechanical Engineering), The University of Arizona
  • BS (Mechanical Engineering), The University of Arizona, with high distinction
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating
  • San Diego Super Lawyers® – 2007 (Intellectual Property)
  • Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers – 2012-2015
  • Top Lawyers in International Law/International Trade – 2012
Community Involvement
  • Hong Kong Association of Southern California – Chair, Board of Directors
  • Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego – Past President
  • San Diego Elderly Chinese Association - Volunteer
  • Shanghai Bar – IT Committee Senior Overseas Counsel
  • World Trade Center of San Diego – Director

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Kam appears frequently as a guest speaker at professional conferences on intellectual property, international transactions and technology deployment issues and doing business in the Greater China region.
  • Panelist. “Medical Technologies Export Workshop,” California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA, April 24, 2015.
  • Panelist. "Intellectual Property Protection in China," District Export Council San Diego & Imperial, San Diego, CA, December 11, 2014.
  • “China Business Outlook Business Strategy,” San Diego World Trade Center, February 6, 2014.
  • “Beyond 101: Building a China Practice - IP and Brand Protection and China Strategy,” San Diego Chinese Attorneys Association & the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego & the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, CA, May 9, 2013.