Danton K. Mak is a Partner at Leech Tishman and a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, and co-leads the International Group. Danton is based in Leech Tishman’s Pasadena office and focuses his practice in all aspects of intellectual property and related business and corporate counseling, including M&A and inbound investments.
Danton is experienced in industry, management and the law. His influence extends beyond the United States, and Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. Danton’s insight, knowledge, experience and contacts throughout the U.S. and the Far East have proven invaluable to clients seeking to establish ventures or business operations at home or abroad.
In his over 30 years of practice in Southern California, Danton has defended many lawsuits involving Chinese clients and companies, and also assisted in developing these clients’ IP portfolios. He is a registered patent attorney, and has personally handled over 1,000 trademark application cases. Danton’s efforts are characterized by a focused and intense commitment to secure business results. Danton was born and raised in Hong Kong, and speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese. Whether the client needs to secure protection for intellectual property, avoid infringement claims, or formulate or implement a business plan, Danton is an ideal addition to the management team. Recent experience include assisting Asian clients to establish U.S. operations, and to comply with the associated myriad U.S. regulations.
Danton possesses a technical background in chemical engineering. He was previously a water treatment engineer for Nalco Chemical Company in Illinois. In addition, he has worked in refineries, petrochemical plants, steel mills, power stations and coal processing plants. Danton also has substantial marketing and management experience. He ran a steel trading and construction contracting company in Hong Kong before he became a lawyer. Danton is recognized as one of the foremost Chinese-speaking patent attorneys in the U.S.
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Sheldon Mak & Anderson, P.C.
Nalco Chemical Company
The Best Lawyers in America: Litigation-Patent Law (2015-2022)
Best Professional Award, Pacific Trade & Cultural Alliance (2016)
Top Attorneys, Pasadena Magazine (2012-2017, 2021)
International Times (Chinese)
World Journal (Chinese)
Hong Kong Association of Southern California (General Counsel, 2008-2016; President; 2016-present)
Los Angeles Chinese Chamber of Commerce (Honorary Advisor, 2017)