H. AlbertLiou

Partner

Houston + 1.832.239.3939

Adept at mastering complex technologies, Albert Liou has over 13 years of experience representing clients in high-stakes patent and trade secret litigation matters, as well as intellectual property transactions and licensing. In a recent federal court litigation for a global software company, Albert guided the client through all phases of an extensive, multi-year discovery period, which culminated in a summary judgment win on both of the core claims in the case. Albert has also handled significant matters for clients in the semiconductor, financial, automotive, petrochemical, and other industries. In addition, he regularly counsels clients on open source licensing compliance and on open source and other intellectual property issues in transactions.

Albert is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and has handled multiple inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He is a regular contributor to Jones Day's PTAB Litigation Blog.

Albert previously served as a volunteer prosecutor for the City of Houston Municipal Courts, where he tried 12 cases to verdict. He is currently the chair of Jones Day's Pathways to Law Program, which provides volunteer legal instruction to middle school students at Pilgrim Academy, a 98% economically disadvantaged school in Southwest Houston. He serves on the board of directors of the Asian American Bar Association of Houston, where he is a past president. He has also previously served as Houston Intellectual Property Law Association's chair of its Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law.

Experience

  • SAP wins summary judgment on Teradata trade secret and antitrust claimsJones Day successfully defended SAP, one of the world's leading producers of software for the management of business processes, against trade secret and antitrust claims in a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California.
  • VIA Technologies enters into agreement with Intel for recruitment of employeesJones Day represented VIA Technologies, Inc. in its entry into a definitive agreement with Intel.
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries acquires Alion Science and Technology for $1.65 billionJones Day advised Huntington Ingalls Industries in the $1.65 billion acquisition of Alion Science and Technology Corporation from Veritas Capital.
  • ACV acquires Monk SASJones Day advised ACV, who provides a leading digital marketplace for wholesale vehicle transactions and data services and is listed on Nasdaq, in connection with its acquisition of Monk, a leading French AI-powered imaging and vehicle inspection platform that automates vehicle damage detection.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Safety-Reports.com, Inc.Jones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company ToolWatch, LLC of Safety-Reports.com, Inc., which provides safety and compliance management software to the construction, manufacturing, and other safety-related industries.
  • Seal for Life acquires Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US CoatingsJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners ("ACP") on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
  • Riverside portfolio company acquires Signal VineJones Day represented The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition and financing by portfolio company Modern Campus of Signal Vine, the higher education industry’s most impactful two-way text messaging platform.
  • OVHcloud acquires EXTEN Technologies, Inc.Jones Day advised OVHcloud, a global cloud leader and the largest European cloud provider, in its acquisition of technology and certain assets of EXTEN Technologies, Inc., a U.S.-based storage software company specializing in NVMe over Fabrics.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • M&G debtors confirm chapter 11 plan of liquidation and close sale of Corpus Christi plant for $1 billionOn December 17, 2018, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware entered an order confirming the Third Amended Plan of Liquidation (the "Plan") of Jones Day client M&G USA Corporation and eight of its affiliates (the "M&G Debtors"), which prior to the chapter 11 filing, were, along with their affiliates in Mexico, Brazil and Europe, one of the largest producers of polyethylene terephthalate resin – used for packaging applications – in the world. On December 28, 2018, after receiving antitrust approval, the M&G Debtors closed the sale of their partially constructed manufacturing facility in Corpus Christi, Texas, (the "Corpus Christi Plant") with a deal value in excess of $1 billion.
  • Synopsys reaches agreement with Mentor Graphics in competitor patent caseJones Day served as lead trial counsel for Synopsys Inc. in competitor patent litigation against Mentor Graphics Corporation following the Federal Circuit’s remand of the case to the district court.
  • Honda successfully defends against patent infringement actionJones Day obtained a dismissal of all claims against American Honda Motor Company, Inc. and Honda of America Mfg., Inc. in three patent infringement actions brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas by plaintiff American Vehicular Sciences LLC.
  • Honda resolves patent infringement dispute over automotive multimedia integration systemJones Day defended American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and related Honda U.S. subsidiaries against claims of patent infringement involving two patents directed to an automotive multimedia integration system.
  • SAP files DJ action in patent infringement dispute with Wellogix over computer softwareOn behalf of SAP America ("SAP"), Jones Day filed a patent infringement declaratory judgment action involving computer software, which is currently stayed in full pending the conclusion of reexamination proceedings filed by SAP in the USPTO involving the six patents-in-suit.
  • ANSYS acquires Granta Design LimitedJones Day advised ANSYS, Inc., the global leader and innovator of engineering simulation software, in their acquisition of Granta Design, the premier provider of materials information technology, and Granta Design Limited has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ANSYS.
  • American Honda wins dismissal of patent infringement claims over fluid delivery control systemJones Day obtained a dismissal of all claims against American Honda Motor Company, Inc., with prejudice, in a multi-defendant patent infringement action brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas by plaintiff Rydex, Ltd.
  • Sybase obtains settlement in patent infringement claim related to mobile security technologyJones Day reached a settlement for Sybase, Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAP) in a patent infringement action brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California relating to mobile security technology.
  • SAP successfully defends against patent infringement action over data processing systemJones Day obtained a dismissal for business software company SAP America, Inc. in a patent infringement action related to a data processing system used for accessing information.
  • Huntsman Corporation recovers $475 million from over 20 reinsurance companiesJones Day represented Huntsman Corporation in connection with its recovery of $475 million from over 20 reinsurance companies with respect to claims relating to property damage and business interruption losses following an April 2006 fire at a petrochemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas.
  • Pathways to Law Program, a supplemental learning program for Houston students, kicks off the 2018-2019 school year at Pilgrim Academy and Oak Forest ElementaryJones Day Houston lawyers are partnering with lawyers from Chevron in the Pathways to Law Program, a supplemental learning program for students in Houston.
  • NXP secures voluntary dismissal of RFID patent infringement caseJones Day helped NXP Semiconductors secure a voluntary dismissal of a patent infringement case accusing wireless radio frequency identification ("RFID") devices based on the strength of NXP's non-infringement positions.
  • Stopaq successfully revives patent infringement suit at Federal CircuitIn an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Jones Day successfully obtained a remand of a patent infringement lawsuit on behalf of Stopaq B.V., an industry leader in viscoelastic coatings and sealants,
  • Speaking Engagements

    • February 24, 2022
      Open Source Software: Can You Afford to Ignore It?, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association Monthly CLE Luncheon
    • October 1-3, 2020
      Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and University of Houston Law Center 36th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law
    • July 30, 2019
      Not Just a Copyright License: The Importance of Patent Rights in Open Source Software Licensing
    • January 17, 2019
      Just How Free is it? Open Source Software Licensing, Compliance, and Risk Mitigation
    • November 8, 2018
      Hot Topics in Open Source Licensing, Three Emerging Technology Fields That Will Change Your IP Practice.
    • July 12-13, 2018
      State Bar of Texas 14th Advanced Patent Litigation Seminar
    • February 16, 2018
      Institute for Energy Law 69th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference: Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law
    • October 29, 2015
      The Trade Secret: A force to be reckoned with, CEO NetWeavers Meeting