- J.D., Boston University, 2008; Staff, American Journal of Law and Medicine
- University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, Visiting Student, 2007
- B.A., Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2000, Dean's List
- Interned for the Honorable Daniel Chun of the Kings County Supreme Court, New York, NY, 2006
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Ms. Yip is an associate in the Intellectual Property and Business Trial Practice Groups in the firm's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices.
Areas of Practice
Ms. Yip focuses on intellectual property and commercial litigation, with experience handling a broad range of complex disputes, from high-stakes patent (including FRAND), trademark, and copyright matters, to consumer class actions (alleging violations of the UCL, FAL, CLRA, FTCA and other statutes). Her litigation experience covers all major aspects of the life cycle of a case, including dispositive motion practice, trial, post-trial proceedings, appeal, and enforcement of judgments.
Ms. Yip also has experience with regulatory compliance, particularly with respect to the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). She has managed numerous large-scale e-discovery matters, both in terms of compliance and litigation discovery, and is a former co-chair of the firm’s e-Discovery Team. She understands the client perspective, having gained in-house experience in a year-long secondment to the finance arm of one of the world’s largest automakers. There, among other things she designed and implemented a new pipeline for handling e-discovery issues. She has represented leading global businesses in the technology, finance, automotive, and retail industries.
Ms. Yip has a computer science background. After graduating with a degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, she joined George Lucas’s special effects company Industrial Light + Magic, where she helped create the digital images in the Star Wars prequels, the Harry Potter series, Jurassic Park III, and many other movies. She also developed camera layout tools. Her name appears in the movie credits of Men in Black II and Ang Lee’s The Hulk. In addition to her technical background, she has experience in investigative reporting, delivering stories on-air for NPR-affiliate KQED Public Radio on the news magazine Pacific Time.
Ms. Yip also provides various pro bono legal services, including for matters involving prisoner civil rights with the Federal Pro Bono Project, disabled veteran benefits with Swords to Plowshares, and child adoption with Public Counsel. She is an active leader in women attorneys’ issues, co-chairing the firm’s San Francisco Women Lawyers Group, and organizing the firm’s bi-annual retreats for its almost 200 women attorneys practicing on the West Coast. She is a former member of the Leadership Development Committee of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
Before practicing law, Ms. Yip volunteered at Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Kampala, Uganda, where she edited the book Towards Abolition of the Death Penalty in Uganda and advocated for death penalty reform.
Class Action Defense Strategy Law Blog Posts
- "The Ninth Circuit Holds That The TCPA Prohibits Automated Calls Even When They Do Not Refer To Any Specific Good Or Service," October 31, 2012, reprinted in 19 Association of Business Trial Lawyers Report, San Diego, Winter 2012
- "Court of Appeal Reminds Litigants That Settling With Named Plaintiff Does Not Necessarily End Putative Class Action," January 3, 2012
Intellectual Property Law Blog Posts
- "$2.3 Million Trial Verdict Against Newegg," December 6, 2013
- "Obtaining Electronic Data," National Business Institute Seminar, August 24, 2012