Don Z. Wang 王哲楠
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Don Wang is an associate in Axinn’s intellectual property group. Don’s experience includes counseling technology companies with a focus on patent litigation in district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has also assisted health insurance and pharmaceutical companies in complex antitrust matters before U.S. federal courts. Don is currently serving as the co-chair of the firm’s LGBTQ+ ERG (AxinnPride).

Prior to joining Axinn, Don practiced in the Global Competition and Intellectual Property Litigation department of White & Case LLP. He earned his JD at the University of Washington School of Law. He holds a masters and undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Don is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/EU).

Professional Activities

  • The City of Oakland, Privacy Advisory Commission
  • Federal Bar Association (NDCA Branch)
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • ITC Trial Lawyers Association
  • PTAB Bar Association
  • The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association
  • University of Washington School of Law Alumni Association Committee


Representative matters:

  • SentriLock, LLC v. Carrier Fire and Security Americas Corp., Inc., 1:20-cv-00520 (D. Del.) – Defense of Carrier against patent infringement action relating to automotive lockbox technology
  • In the Matter of Certain UMTS and LTE Cellular Communication Modules and Products Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1240 (USITC) – Defense of Thales against the patent infringement action brought by Philips relating to 3G and 4G LTE wireless communication technology.
  • Applied Materials, Incv. Ocean Semiconductor LLC (P.T.A.B.) – Represented petitioner Applied Materials in IPR proceedings relating to semiconductor manufacturing technology.
  • In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Computers, Tablet Computers, and Components and Modules Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1208 (USITC) – Defense of Google (a full intervenor) in the patent action brought by Nokia against Lenovo relating to H.264 video encoding/decoding and smart device GUI technology. 
  • In re Loestrin 24 Fe Antitrust Litigation, 1:13-md-2472 (D.R.I) – Defense of a major U.S. drug manufacturer, Warner Chilcott (Allergan), against purchasers’ and retailer plaintiffs’ Sherman Act § 2 monopolization claims, including patent fraud and reverse payments allegations.
  • Synopsys, Inc. v. InnoGrit, Corp., 5:19-cv-2082 (N.D. Cal.) – Defense of a startup company InnoGrit against a chip-design software provider’s (Synopsys) claims of End User License Agreement violations and Digital Millennium Copyright Act violations
  • Pro Bono – Represented Navy veteran’s surviving spouse before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in obtaining remand of VA’s denial of veteran benefits
  • Pro Bono – Provided legal representation to asylum-seekers detained in immigration detention centers under Southern Poverty Law Center's Southern Immigration Freedom Initiative.

* Includes matters handled prior to joining Axinn


  • Appointed to the nine-person Privacy Advisory Commission for the City of Oakland
  • Selected to participate in the International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association's inaugural Mock Hearing Program

Thought Leadership



  • JD – University of Washington School of Law (2016)
  • MEng – University of Toronto (2013)
  • BS – University of Toronto (2011)


  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

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