Liwen Mah focuses his practice on litigation arising from the protection or use of emerging technologies. For example, he regularly litigates and counsels clients with respect to issues concerning the protectability of software or online content, access to computer systems, gathering and use of competitive intelligence, and licensing of intellectual property.
In recent years he has been a key member of teams that
- won summary dismissal of claims in three copyright cases involving alleged infringement of copyrights in software components;
- successfully obtained, after a two-week jury trial in a case involving admittedly unlicensed copying, a verdict for the defendant of only 5% of the amount of damages claimed;
- obtained a preliminary and ultimately permanent injunction based on claims of trade libel, trademark infringement, and unauthorized computer access;
- obtained provisional relief to enjoin efforts to obtain competitive intelligence through pretexting.
Liwen is also committed to professional diversity efforts and an active pro bono practice, which has included a successful appeal heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
During law school, Liwen served as a judicial extern for Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Liwen also served as Article Editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly and has published with the California Law Review and the Ecology Law Quarterly.
Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Liwen worked in semiconductor quality and reliability for Altera Corporation.