Ce Li is a counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on protecting patent and trade secret rights and defending against IP infringement claims in state and federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Mr. Li also assists clients in IP rights counseling, licensing and procurement, including patent portfolio development and NPE strategies. Mr. Li is also experienced in IP investigations and due diligence, as well as post-grant proceedings (e.g., inter partes reviews or IPRs), and has rendered patentability, non-infringement and invalidity opinions.




Mr. Li represents a wide variety of industrial, commercial and individual clients, in both IP litigation, patent prosecution, and transactional matters. He has prosecuted patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 2003. IP litigation forums in which he has been involved include both U.S. district courts and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Client sectors served by Mr. Li span a wide spectrum and include semiconductor equipment, microelectronic devices and packaging, integrated circuit (IC) designs, high-speed memory systems, storage networks and apparatuses, medical devices and diagnostic equipment, telecommunications equipment and network infrastructure, mobile marketing, security and authentication, consumer banking and credit cards, investment banking (securities, derivatives and structured financing), railroad equipment, online and retail gaming, and social networking. Apart from advising clients of American and European origins, Mr. Li has successfully served, and takes pride in serving, clients from Asia (including China and Japan).

Representative matters and recent experiences include:

  • Representing a patent owner in district court patent infringement litigation and PTAB IPR proceedings against Apple. The cases are currently pending.
  • Represented a Japanese material supplier to successfully resist NPE licensing offers.
  • Represented a Chinese private equity fund in IP due diligence during a high-stake investment deal with a U.S. technology company.
  • In re Certain Electronic Imaging Devices, ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-850. Represented a major Chinese mobile phone manufacturer (ZTE) against patent infringement claims brought by FlashPoint Technology, Inc. and secured a ruling of non-infringement with respect to all the patents asserted against ZTE.
  • In re Certain Display Devices, including Digital Televisions and Monitors, ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-713. Represented respondents TPV Technology Ltd., Top Victory Electronics (Taiwan) Co., Ltd., and TPV Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. et al. against patent infringement claims brought by a major consumer electronics manufacturer.
  • In re Certain Semiconductor Chips With Minimized Chip Packages Size and Products Containing Same, ITC Investigations 337-TA-605 and 337-TA-649. Represented complainant against several major semiconductor chip packaging companies including Motorola, STMicroelectronics and some Southeast-Asian subcontractors..
  • Lumenis Ltd. et al v. Alma Lasers, Ltd. et al (N.D. IL). Represented Alma Lasers, a medical device maker, against patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets claims, including concurrent reexamination proceedings that resulted in cancellation or amendments of almost all asserted claims.
  • Sybase 365, LLC v. TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (E.D. VA). Represented TCS against a retaliatory suit brought by a competitor concerning location-based mobile technology.
  • NTP, Inc. v. AT&T Mobility, LLC and NTP, Inc. v. Sprint Nextel Corp. (E.D. VA). Represented patent owner in multiple suits concerning wireless email.
  • Represented a patent owner against major manufacturers of cable and satellite set-top boxes and a prominent satellite TV program provider in a patent infringement matter which reached a favorable settlement for the client.
  • LucidMedia Networks, Inc. v. Augme Technologies, Inc. (E.D. VA). Represented Augme against patent infringement claims concerning mobile marketing.
  • Augme Technologies, Inc. v. Pandora Media, Inc. (D. DE). Represented patent owner against a popular internet radio provider.
  • Research Affiliates, LLC v. WisdomTree Investments, Inc. et al. (C.D. CA). Represented all six defendants against patent infringement claims concerning exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track stock indexes and secured a favorable result where plaintiff paid defendants to settle the case.
Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2007, Mr. Li was a patent law clerk at Hunton & Williams LLP.

Mr. Li is the co-inventor of “Method for Monolithically Integrating Silicon Carbide Microelectromechanical Devices with Electronic Circuitry,” U.S. Patent Nos. 7,170,141 (Jan. 30, 2007) 7,615,788 (Nov. 10, 2009).

Mr. Li is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).


Mr. Li was named the "Rising Star" from 2014 to 2016 by Super Lawyers magazine in Washington, DC, and was nominated as an outstanding lawyer in the ITC 337 survey by U.S. Legal 500. He is a key member of Goodwin’s IP Litigation team, which has been recognized by Law360 as “Intellectual Property Practice Group of the Year” in 2014-2016 and named by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce as a Top-Ten Team for 337 Investigations.

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J.D., 2006
Georgetown University Law Center

(cum laude)

Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, 2003
Cornell University
M.A., Plasma Physics & Technology, 1998
Princeton University
B.S., Modern Physics, 1996
University of Science & Technology of China

(magna cum laude)



District of Columbia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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