Betty Chen Named 2017 "Woman Worth Watching in STEM" by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Betty Chenhas been named a 2017 "Woman Worth Watching in STEM" by Profiles in Diversity Journal (PDJ).

Betty Chen, a principal in Fish & Richardson's Silicon Valley office, has an extensive practice spanning all areas of intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Fortune 100 and startup companies turn to Chen for the defense and protection of a multitude of groundbreaking technologies in the computer science, computer hardware, medical device, and consumer product fields.

A driving force in national and international patent law, Chen is a tireless mentor, litigator and leader who serves as an inspiration to women and minorities. She is a STEM role model at the firm, serves as its global hiring principal, is the group leader of its Silicon Valley Litigation Practice, co-leader of its Women's Initiative, and is instrumental in Fish's firm-wide Diversity Initiative.

In a recent patent litigation showdown, Chen represented Apple in a complex web of disputes involving patents and lawsuits across multiple jurisdictions. Last year, she secured a victory for a global leader in dialysis treatment in claims brought by a former research and development employee. Another success for Chen and her colleagues was effectively defending Adobe Systems Incorporated against patent infringement claims involving the company's imaging and editing software, Photoshop.

Through her work on Fish's international Diversity Initiative, she links attorneys from the firms’ offices throughout the U.S. and in Munich, Germany, to aid in the outreach, recruitment, retention and professional development of a diverse legal workforce. As co-leader of Fish's Redwood City Women's Initiative, she helps provide tools and resources to help Fish's female staff achieve personal and professional success.

Outside the office, Chen serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian Law Alliance and takes on pro bono cases for Kids in Need of Defense.

In the words of Betty Chen:

How can the world increase diversity in STEM fields? "I believe we can broaden the pipeline and path for individuals in STEM fields by educating students early on about the value of STEM fields and how they can mesh with other disciplines. In short, we need to make sure we are fostering retention – not just recruitment – of diversity in STEM fields."

How is the world changing with respectto STEM? "I believe that we should focusadditional efforts on the treatment of
diverse individuals in STEM fields. Weneed diversity in STEM fields, of course,but we also need to cultivate, respect, andutilize the different ideas that grow out ofthat diversity."

Where do you see women in STEM infive years? "I see women in STEM to bemore prevalent and relevant. I also hopethat women will be more comfortabletaking maternity leave because there willbe better support structures in place at theworkplace."

Words I live by: "Nothing will workunless you do."

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