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Richard Hsu

Partner | Shearman & Sterling

Silicon Valley, California, United States

Silicon Valley lawyer. Advises on intellectual property aspects of M&A deals and technology transactions. Software, life science and cleantech industry sector focus. International deal experience.

Practice Description

Richard Hsu is an intellectual property and technology transactions partner based in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), California. He advises on the IP aspects of corporate and M&A deals and advising private equity companies that buy and sell IP is a significant part of his practice. Richard works with companies on corporate, licensing, and associated intellectual property issues, and has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating transactions, including acquisitions, asset purchase, licensing, development, and other partnering agreements.

Richard also has considerable experience in intellectual property asset management and licensing, having assisted numerous clients to develop and implement strategies to acquire, protect, enforce, license and commercialize various forms of intellectual property.

Earlier in his career, Richard represented more than 100 venture-backed startup technology companies.

Industry sector expertise

Focused around the technology, software, semiconductor, medical devices, electronics, life sciences, clean/renewable energy, and financial services industries.

Overseas expertise

Richard has advised a number of US companies doing business in China. For example, he represented the Cessna Aircraft Company on a joint venture with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company (CAIGA); and assisted SINA on the sale of a stake in Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, to Alibaba Group.


  • Advised Western Digital, the digital storage giant, on the intellectual property aspects of its acquisition of sTec, an early innovator in solid-state drives
  • Represented Diablo Technologies, a memory system products company, on the licensing implications of its partnership with solid-state drive technology provider SMART Storage Systems to deliver new ultra-low latency memory channel storage
  • On this joint venture, Richard assisted Abengoa, the Spanish-based renewable energy company on its partnership with BrightSource Energy, a leading solar thermal technology company, to operate the world's two largest solar power towers in California

Client list

  • Abengoa Solar
  • Cessna
  • Diablo Technologies
  • Ethical Oncology Science
  • Francisco Partners
  • Merced Systems
  • QuadraMed
  • RAE Systems
  • Ramtron International
  • SafeNet
  • SINA
  • STMicroelectronic
  • Summit Microelectronics
  • Symphony Technology Group
  • TIBCO Software
  • Vector Capital
  • VMWare
  • Western Digital



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