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Daniel N. Yannuzzi

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Daniel Yannuzzi is a partner and Practice Group Leader of the Intellectual Property Practice Group.  He advises clients in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent and other intellectual property litigation, strategic portfolio development, technology licensing, and transactional matters.

Areas of Practice

Daniel has extensive experience advising high-technology companies and their stakeholders on complex, business-critical IP matters. Daniel's practice involves intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent litigation; developing IP strategies and IP portfolios aligned with business goals; assessing, avoiding and responding to third-party IP threats; in-bound and out-bound technology licensing, including standards-based licensing; and negotiating IP asset transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and the like. He has advised a wide range of industry leaders, including companies such as Olympus Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Toyota, Hyundai, Conexant Systems, Medtronic, and Samsung. In addition to representing large multinational corporations, Daniel has served as primary outside intellectual property counsel to numerous electronics, software, telecommunications, and medical device companies.

Previously, Daniel was a partner and co-manager of the electrical patent practice group at a prestigious Washington D.C. firm. Daniel also has several years of in-house legal experience, where he served as Vice President of Worldwide Legal Affairs and Assistant Corporate Secretary to Skyworks Solutions, Inc., and as Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel to Conexant Systems, Inc., a multi-billion dollar semiconductor company.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Daniel was an engineering manager at Allied Signal Aerospace, where he managed the development and integration of spacecraft communication and tracking systems for various NASA programs. He also led a team of scientists and engineers in the development of high precision satellite laser ranging systems for NASA's Crustal Dynamics Project.


  • Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2018-2019
  • The Legal 500 US, Copyright, 2018
  • San Diego Super Lawyer, 2015-2019
  • Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2012-2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2012-2014
  • Top 25 Portfolio Managers, Prosecutors & License Specialists, Daily Journal
  • Life Sciences Star, LMG Life Sciences, 2012-2013

Thought Leadership


Intellectual Property Law Blog Posts

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, PatCon 8: The Annual Patent Conference, March 2, 2018, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, PatCon 5: The Annual Patent Conference, January 16, 2015, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, PatCon 4: The Annual Patent Conference, April 4, 2014, San Diego, CA
  • Moderator, "Current Developments re Intellectual Property Issues in Insolvency Proceedings," West Legal Education Video, September 28, 2013, Paris, France
  • Panelist, "Current Legal Problems at the Interface of Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law," West Legal Education Video, May 31, 2013
  • Moderator, "Look Near First! Capture the Value of Local Outsourcing in Medical Device and Life Science Instrumentation," August 2012, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, "Playing The Role of Ostrich or Fox: Which Approach Do You Take with Respect to Competitor Patents?," ACC America, March 30, 2007, San Francisco, CA
  • Moderator, San Diego Software Industry Council Managing Innovation Conference, 2006.
  • Speaker, "Responding to IP Threat Letters – It’s Your Move," San Diego Bar Association, June 14, 2005
  • Speaker, "Recent Trends in IP Due Diligence," The VC Roundtable, March 9, 2005
  • Speaker, "Drafting and Negotiating Non-Disclosure Agreements with Business Partners," ACC America, December 2004, San Diego, CA
  • GAO Expert Panelist, Foreign Patent Challenges; 2002 Expert Panel Report: "Federal Action Needed to Help Small Businesses Address Foreign Patent Challenges"
  • Speaker, "Giving Your Intellectual Property Law Department a Tune-Up," ACCA Annual Meeting, October 2001, San Diego, CA
  • Speaker, "Foreign Patent Prosecution Strategies," AIPLA Spring Meeting, April 2001, San Francisco, CA
  • Luncheon Speaker/Panelist, "Mentoring in Intellectual Property," AIPLA Spring Meeting, April 2001, San Francisco, CA
  • Instructor/Sponsor, Legal Module, University of California, Irvine Vantage MBA Program, 2000-2002
  • Instructor, University of California, San Diego, Intellectual Property for Engineers



  • Member, SDIPLA
  • Member, AIPLA