Irene Hwang is an associate who focuses her practice on patent litigation. Irene has litigated on behalf of defendants and plaintiffs in federal District Court and the U.S. International Trade Commission, working on all phases of the case from pre-suit diligence through trial and post-trial.

Irene’s experience includes developing and building invalidity, non-infringement, and infringement positions; developing claim construction positions; writing Markman briefs and arguing at Markman hearings; drafting expert reports and preparing experts for deposition; writing summary judgment briefs and motions to strike; preparing witnesses for trial; and drafting post-trial motions. Irene has also written appellate briefs for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Irene’s experience extends across a broad range of technologies, including solar cell, lithium-ion battery, semiconductor, medical technology, software, and consumer goods.

Outside of her patent practice, she devotes her time to immigration- and human rights-related legal advocacy, and has worked with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services and Physicians for Human Rights. Irene has spent years working with an educational center in rural Mexico and regularly visits, which has allowed her to pick up fluent Spanish.

*Admitted only in California. Not admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. Work conducted in Washington, D.C., is directly supervised by a member of the D.C. bar or is limited to U.S. federal courts or agencies listed in admissions or otherwise authorized by law.

Pro bono activities

  • Irene has a robust pro bono practice in the asylum law field, representing asylum seekers in immigration court as well as in appeals at the Board of Immigration Appeals.