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Betty Chen, a Principal in the Silicon Valley and Austin offices of Fish & Richardson, is a trial lawyer who uses creative approaches based on her vast experience in courtrooms across the country to litigate high-stakes and high-profile patent, trade secret, antitrust, breach of contract, and fraud lawsuits. Ms. Chen also serves as Fish & Richardson’s firm-wide Hiring Principal. For successes on behalf of her clients, Ms. Chen has been named a “Best Under 40” attorney by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Women of Influence” and “40 Under 40.” Ms. Chen has also won two “Women Worth Watching” Awards presented by Profiles in Diversity Journal and named as Northern California’s “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Ms. Chen will be honored in 2020 as Legal Momentum’s “Women of Achievement.”

Ms. Chen deftly navigates her clients’ business and legal concerns through groundbreaking and innovative legal strategies, always with the clients’ goals and bottom line in mind. This has made her a go-to lawyer for major pharmaceutical companies in proceedings under the Hatch-Waxman Act as well as Fortune 100 technology companies in pivotal patent and trade secret disputes. She has successfully tried matters in a variety of forums, including federal district courts, state courts, the International Trade Commission, and arbitration. Ms. Chen has deep experience managing global litigation of FRAND-committed standard essential patents, particularly those in the wireless communication space.

Ms. Chen is also committed to giving back to the legal community. She is on the Advisory Board of Directors of the Bay Area non-profit organization, Asian Law Alliance. She also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee and is Fish’s 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow. Ms. Chen regularly volunteers on pro bono basis for Kids in Need of Defense, an organization that helps children find a safe haven and freedom from fear.

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.


University of Texas Law School 2006

University of Southern California 2003
Business, B.S.


  • 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


2020 On The Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers” by American Bar Association

2020 Diversity Leader” by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Best Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific Bar Association

Women Worth Watching in STEM” by Profiles in Diversity Journal

Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal

40 Under 40” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal

Publications and Speeches

Panelist, “COVID-19: Contract Management and Litigation Risk,” Asian Pacific American Bar Association Silicon Valley, Webinar (May 2020)

Speaker, “Texas Engineering Law and Ethics,” San Antonio (September 2019)

Panelist, “Pretrial Practice,” Litigating Patents Effectively, Stanford Law School, Palo Alto (September 2018)

Panelist, “Section 102/103 Invalidity,” 18th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute, San Jose (December 2017)

Panelist, “Getting Your Foot in the Door for Big Law,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, Washington, D.C. (November 2017)

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

Panelist, “Recent Flip-Flops in Intellectual Property Law,” Fish L.E.A.D. event Palo Alto (September 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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