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Google Attorney Moves to Fast-Growing Chinese Tech Company as GC

June 10, 2016, 6:39 PM

Joshua McGuire is jumping from Google, where he served as counsel on mobile patent strategy, to the Chinese tech company LeEco, where he will be general counsel and vice president.

McGuire joined Google in 2009, and took the lead handling the company’s patent strategy for its mobile and Android platforms “during the mobile patent wars,” according to his LinkedIn profile . He lists himself as the lead or co-lead counsel on several multi-billion dollar IP licensing and purchasing deals, including the Motorola Mobility acquisition ($12.5 billion), the Nortel patent auction ($4.5 billion) and the Motorola Mobility divestiture ($2.9 billion).

In a press release, McGuire praised LeEco for its “pioneering vision and pace of disruption,” saying the company “is primed to fulfill the broken promises that tech companies have been making for over twenty years.”

For those who are not familiar with LeEco, it is working on building a wide variety of products, including an electric vehicle known as LeSee, a smart bike, web-enabled televisions, smartphones, and also has cloud and e-commerce services.

The company is also “a major investor in Los Angeles-based Faraday Future, which is building a 900-acre factory near Las Vegas, Nevada,” Bloomberg reported, and Faraday Future’s website describes plans for an electric vehicle known as FFZERO1.

Technology news site The Verge described LeEco as “one of those rapidly growing Chinese companies that takes a renaissance-man approach to tech development.” It noted that the company’s smart bike is actually a cross between a mountain bike and a smartphone, and runs on Google’s Android software.

LeEco is one of a growing number of young Chinese companies vying for global attention, and one of its most fun (and extravagant) products is called Le Syvrac. Equal parts mountain bike and smartphone, this fiendish invention runs a version of Google’s Android software on a 4-inch display nestled in between the handlebars. It’s powered by a quad-core processor with 4GB of RAM, and also has laser pointers, a heart rate sensor, and a built-in speaker and camera.

“I can’t say that converging bikes with smartphones has ever felt like an obvious need, but there’s evidently a market for it,” The Verge reported.

Before joining Google, McGuire worked on patent prosecution and litigation at Fish & Richardson in the greater Minneapolis office. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law in 2004.

A review of the LeEco Le Super Bike from Digital Trends.