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Betty Chen, a Principal in the Silicon Valley and Austin offices of Fish & Richardson, is the firm’s Global Hiring Principal and has an expansive litigation practice that spans all areas of intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Chen has successfully tried and managed matters through all phases of litigation in a variety of forums, including federal district courts, state courts, the International Trade Commission, and arbitration. She has substantial experience in patent litigation involving a myriad of technologies, particularly in the fields of computer software, computer hardware, medical devices, and consumer products. Ms. Chen has also successfully represented clients in trademark, copyright, licensing, trade secrets, contracts, and employment disputes. Recently, Ms. Chen was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a 2017 “Women of Influence” and distinguished as a “40 Under 40” in 2016. Ms. Chen also won the 2017 “Women Worth Watching in STEM” Award presented by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

Ms. Chen’s courtroom work includes conducting witness examinations at trial as well as arguing disputed motions at pre-trial hearings.  Ms. Chen has also handled pre-suit investigations, managed complex discovery, defended and taken numerous depositions, including expert depositions, drafted appellate briefs and assisted her clients in managing post grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.

Ms. Chen is also committed to giving back to the legal community by increasing diversity within the profession.  She is on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area non-profit organization, Asian Law Alliance.  She also co-leads the office’s Women’s Initiative Program, serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee, and is Fish’s 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.  Furthermore, Ms. Chen serves as a Group Leader for litigation associates in Fish’s Silicon Valley office and provides mentorship and guidance to junior attorneys through that role.

Previously, Ms. Chen was a law clerk to the Honorable Ron Clark, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and a judicial intern for the Honorable William Wayne Justice, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.  Ms. Chen is part of the planning committee for the Eastern District of Texas Bench and Bar Conference.  During law school, Ms. Chen obtained the Best Brief award for the Moot Court Competition, was a Judging Director on the Board of Advocates, and received a Texas Law Fellowship.  Ms. Chen has also worked in the legal department at Devon Energy.


J.D., University of Texas Law School 2006

B.S., University of Southern California 2003


  • Texas 2006
  • California 2013


  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese


United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, The Honorable Ron Clark, 2006 - 2008

Other Distinctions


Selected as one of the 2017 “Women Worth Watching in STEM” by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Selected as one of the 2017 “Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal

Selected as one of the 2016 “40 Under 40” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal

Publications and Speeches

Panelist, “IP Considerations in Cross-border Deals between China and US Companies,” Conference of the Chinese American BioPharmaceutical Society (June 2017)

Panelist, “When the Boys Go Golfing: Bonding, Networking & Promoting Yourself,” Women in IP & Law Silicon Valley (June 14, 2017)

Panelist, “Identifying, Developing & Retaining Minority Talent,” LegalWeek West Coast, San Francisco (June 13, 2017)

Interviewed, “Silicon Valley Lawyer Creating Value for Women in STEM,” Profiles in Diversity Journal (April 2017)

Moderator, “Judges Panel with NDCA and EDTX District Court Judges,” 17th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute, Palo Alto (December 2016)

Speaker, “Revisions to the Local Rules, Standing Orders & Thoughts on Timing of PTAB Petitions & Stays Pending Inter Partes Review,” Eastern District of Texas Bench and Bar Conference (October 2016)

Panelist and Moderator, “Smarter, Faster, Cheaper Technology Dispute Resolutions,” Association of Corporate Counsel, Redwood Shores (September 2016)

Panelist, “Next Steps for Next Gen: Practical Ways to Empower Younger, More Diverse Lawyers,” Fish Webinar Series (July 2016)

Moderator, “Next Steps for Next Gen: Practical Ways to Empower Younger, More Diverse Leadership,” Federal Circuit Bar Association Bench/Bar Conference, Nashville, TN (June 2016)

Panelist and Moderator, “IP Litigation in 2015/2016,” Benchmark’s Women in Litigation Forum, Palo Alto (June 2015)

Panelist, “Rising Together: Young Trailblazers,” Ms. JD’s Seventh Annual Conference, San Francisco (March 2015)

Co-Speaker, “Patent Damages Theories,” University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (November 2014)

Panelist and Moderator, “Patent Serendipity. A Lightning Round With Octane, Limitations on Claims/Prior Art & Evolving Challenges to Proof of Damages,” Eastern District of Texas Bench/Bar Conference, Plano (October 2014)

Panelist, “Former Judges’ Clerks Panel – Inside the Chambers,” 10th Annual Advanced Patent Litigation Course, TexasBarCLE, San Antonio (July 2014)

Co-Speaker, “Ahead of the Curve: Practicing Law in a Dynamic Field,” 14th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, University of Texas Law School (February 2013)

Panelist and Moderator, “How to Get and Stay in Federal Court,” Eastern District of Texas Bench/Bar Conference, Plano (October 2010)

Co-author, “Fiduciary Duty Update,” TexasBarCLE – 32nd Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, San Antonio (July 2009)


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