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Helen Y. Trac

San Francisco

Helen Y. Trac

Helen Trac represents leading technology companies on technologies encompassing consumer electronic devices such as e-book readers, tablets, and smartphones.

Equipped with both engineering and law degrees, Helen helps clients navigate federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. She is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with a focus on new patent proceedings such as inter partes review. She also assists clients in transferring intellectual property assets, including pre-acquisition due diligence evaluating the patent portfolio of the target firm.

Helen's interest in technology runs deep. In law school, she was Submissions Manager for the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) and wrote and edited articles for Harvard's JOLT Digest, an online resource for reports on the latest law and technology news. Before law school, Helen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a dual major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Engineering. Before switching careers, she worked as an engineer at a well-known Silicon Valley firm designing the memory system of graphics cards.

Helen started her legal career at Hogan Lovells. She rejoined the firm after clerking for the Honorable David Laro at the United States Tax Court. Helen also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Steven W. Rhodes at the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Michigan prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2012
  • B.E. Computer Science, summa cum laude, University of Michigan, 2009
  • B.E. Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, University of Michigan, 2009


  • Co-Chair, AABA Education Committee

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • U.S. Tax Court

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