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Background

​Chad Shear is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s Southern California office. He is a member of the firm’s life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation group, and has represented clients across that technology spectrum as well as others. As lead trial counsel, Chad successfully defended Callaway Golf in a recent jury trial in the Eastern District of Texas. Another recent success involved a bench trial victory on behalf of a pioneering pharmaceutical developer of glaucoma medications as well as a favorable settlement after a full bench trial on behalf of a pioneer in cardiovascular medications.

Education

J.D., University of Illinois College of Law 1999
magna cum laude


B.S., Texas A&M University 1996
Chemistry

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2001
  • Texas 1999
  • California 2004
  • Delaware 2012
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Clerkships

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, The Honorable Haldane Robert Mayer, 2001 - 2003

Memberships & Affiliations

​Member: Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, Federal Circuit Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Other Distinctions

"Best for Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Litigation – California," Wealth & Finance Business Awards 2015

Chosen for "Sustained Excellence in Patent Litigation," Corporate America Legal Elite 2015

Presentations and publications

Co-speaker for Fish Biosimilars Webinar, "Biosimilars 102 – Litigation: Planning and Strategy​," March 3, 2016. 
Co-speaker for Fish Biosimilars Webinar, "Biosimilars 101," January 21, 2016. 

Co-lecturer for Patent Resources Group Advanced Patent Law Course, "Hatch-Waxman and Biosimilars: A Total Immersion Course Encompassing Strategies for Prosecution, FDA Regulation, Post-Grant Challenge, Litigation and Appeal," April 16-18, 2015.

Co-speaker, "Biotech & Pharmaceutical Patent Cases: 2014 Year in Review," Boston Breakfast Series (January 7, 2015).

"I’ve Got My Eye on You – FDA May be More Closely Evaluating Generic Products," Pharma Compliance Monitor (June 2014).

"Hatch-Waxman at the Federal Circuit: Sustaining validity of formulation patents is no easy task," Fish Litigation Blog (December 2013).

Author and lecturer for Patent Resources Group Advanced Patent Law Course, "Pharma & Biotech Strategies for Patent Prosecution, Hatch-Waxman, and Litigation."

"The Ever Changing Seas of Patent Law," BIO’s Intellectual Property Counsels’ Fall Conference (2007).

"How to Prepare for and Conduct Markman Hearings," Claim Construction from the Appellate Perspective, Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco (2007).

"KSR International vs. Teleflex – Understanding Obviousness and Pro Active Strategies for Protecting Your Patents" IP Law & Business, Innovations in IP Litigation – Spring Briefing (2007).

"From a Clerk’s Perspective: A Discussion of Recent Cases From an Insider’s Perspective," BIO’s Intellectual Property Counsels’ Spring Conference (2007).

"How to Prepare for and Conduct Markman Hearings," Claim Construction from the Appellate Perspective, Practicing Law Institute, San Francisco (2005).

"How to Prepare & Conduct Markman Hearings 2005," with D. Grinshpun, anthology published by Practicing Law Institute (2005).

"Ethics: Document Retention, Spoliation and Related Ethical Issues," Center for American and International Law’s 42nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Dallas, Texas (2004).

W. Chad Shear and Thomas J. Van Gilder, Spoliation and Document Retention: Know When to Hold ‘Em (2004).

"The Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act – An Offensive Weapon for Trademark Holders," 1 ILL. J. L. TECH. & POL’Y 219 (2001).

"The Ethics of Opinion Letters Under the United States Patent & Trademark Office Code of Professional Responsibility and the New York Code of Professional Responsibility," ETHICS IN CONTEXT 1999: ETHICS FOR SECURITIES LAWYERS, CORPORATE COUNSEL, BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS, LITIGATORS, ESTATE PLANNERS AND TRADEMARK LAWYERS, Practicing Law Institute (1999).

"The Liability Implications of the Illinois Electronic Commerce Security Act," 2 MOD. TRENDS INTELL. PROP. 87 (1998).

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