Emil Chang

Managing Attorney
(650) 567-3311

Mr. Chang brings with him over twenty years of legal expertise and management experience with high-technology companies.  In particular, Mr. Chang specializes in serving Silicon Valley, U.S., China, Taiwan, India, and Hong Kong high-technology clients, providing services in the areas of general corporate matters, venture financing, merger/acquisition, international transactions, intellectual property matters, patent prosecution, and licensing.

During the first part of his career, Mr. Chang practiced exclusively in the field of intellectual property – in particular, patent prosecution, patent infringement opinions, and litigation of intellectual property matters.  He was last with the law firm of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly and was with the same practice group for seven years.

During the second part of his career, Mr. Chang served as general counsel and held management positions with a number of Silicon Valley and international companies.  For example, in one position, Mr. Chang served as general counsel for a mobile phone design house based in the United States and China (with its parent being in Hangzhou, China).  He was responsible for its overall legal matters, including its global mobile phone licensing strategy, its funding strategy, and its legal structure and intercompany relationships.

In another position, Mr. Chang was the general counsel and director of operations for a fabless semiconductor design company based in Silicon Valley (the company was a provider of networking semiconductors).  The company was later sold to Broadcom for over $550 million dollars.  Mr. Chang also served as general counsel for a Silicon Valley startup technology company (an event planning ASP), where he participated in its fundraising activities, licensing strategy, and merger activities.

During the height of the Dot-com era, Mr. Chang was also a co-founder of an Internet infrastructure software company.  During his tenure, he managed product deployment and product deployment support, legal, finance, HR, and system administration and played a role in fundraising and product marketing.

Currently and for at least the last twelve (12) years, Mr. Chang has been the managing attorney of the firm, working with a number of Silicon Valley and cross Pacific venture capital firms and companies. His unique experiences allow him to structure complex international transactions and international corporate structures, including Cayman Islands and BVI corporate structures, anti-inversion restructures (restructuring of U.S. corporations to offshore corporations in compliance with U.S. Internal Revenue Code), restructure of U.S. corporations for going public in China and Taiwan, cross-border licensing, and international IP strategies.

Mr. Chang has published a number of articles on various legal and startup issues and has been a speaker on various intellectual property and corporate law issues.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California, 1993
State Bar of Washington, 1993
Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1993


Juris Doctor, University of California, Hastings
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, San Jose State University
B.S. in Computer Science, University of Washington
B.A. in Economics, University of Washington