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Kunyong Yang


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  • University of San Diego (J.D. magna cum laude 2013; Order of the Coif; Member, San Diego Law Review); Michigan Technological University (Master's in Organic Chemistry 2002); Nanjing University, China (B.S. in Chemistry with honors 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • California and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Kunyong Yang focuses his practice on the development and management of global patent portfolios involving pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotechnology innovations. He guides clients from the early stages of patent portfolio development, through the product development process, to the development of late-stage life cycle management strategies and regulatory extension opportunities. A particular focus of his practice is advising clients regarding intellectual property matters for small molecule drugs.

Kunyong also advises clients on due diligence matters, including providing patentability, validity, and freedom-to-operate analysis, in association with clients' investment in or acquisition of third parties, as well as licensing and collaboration opportunities. Kunyong also has experience in Hatch-Waxman litigation and patent post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR).

Representative clients include Celgene Corporation, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Particular small molecule pharmaceuticals that Kunyong has been involved with include REVLIMID®, ALUNBRIG® (brigatinib), and Duvelisib.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Kunyong worked at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation as a medicinal chemist.

Kunyong Yang