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George C. Chen

Partner

, Bryan Cave LLP
Phoenix

Tel

1 602 364 7367

Fax

1 602 716 8367
george.chen@bryancave.com
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George C. Chen

Partner


Phoenix



One Renaissance Square
Two North Central Ave., Suite 2200
Phoenix, Arizona 85004-4406

Phone:

1 602 364 7367

Fax:

1 602 716 8367

email:

george.chen@bryancave.com

George Chen partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets.  His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters.  

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program - Selection Committee and Founding Mentor, 2005-present
  • Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) – President, 2005-2006, Board of Directors, 2000-present, Member, 1999-present, Pro Bono Legal Clinic Coordinator and Volunteer, 2006-2008
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA) – Diversity Committee, 2009-present, Board of Directors, 2002-2003, Member, 1999-present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – President-Elect, 2013-present, Treasurer, 2012-2013, Vice President for Programs and Operations, 2011-2012, Southwest Regional Governor, 2009-2011, Investment Committee Chairperson and Founder, 2008-present, Finance Committee member, 2002-2008, Member, 1999-present, Law Foundation Pro Bono Volunteer, 2004-2006
  • State Bar of Arizona – Mentor Committee Chair, 2012-present, member 2011-present, Minority Bar Convention Ethics and Civil Rights Subcommittee, 2010-2011, Bar Leadership Institute Selection Committee, 2008-present, Member, 1999-present

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • AZ Business Leaders - Intellectual Property Law Impact Player, 2013-2014 
  • AZ Top Lawyers – Intellectual Property Law, AZ Business Magazine, 2008-2014 
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2013

  • Arizona Governor's Asian-American Advisory Council, 2005-2008

  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law - Minority Writing Program Mentor, 2006-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Patent, 2012-2014
  • Best Lawyers Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2005
  • Future Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2009-2014
  • HIV/AIDS Law Project Team Award – Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2009
  • Southwest Super Lawyer, 2010-2014
  • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2009
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Community Legal Services, 2000-present

Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

George Chen partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets.  His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters.  

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Mr. Chen’s recent engagements include:

  • representing electronics companies, software and e-commerce companies, a firearms manufacturer, and a national retailer in lawsuits involving utility patent, design patent, and trade dress infringement and unfair competition;
  • preparing, prosecuting and managing US and international patent, trademark, and copyright applications for a major sporting equipment company, a consumer electronics company, a semiconductor company, an analog integrated circuit design company, an electric vehicle charging station company, software companies, and e-commerce companies; 
  • evaluating and planning strategies for domestic and foreign patent and trademark portfolios for a consumer products company, including the evaluation of business method patents; 
  • representing software and e-commerce companies in lawsuits involving copyright infringement and breach of contract; 
  • representing a real estate developer and a national retailer in several lawsuits involving service mark infringement, dilution, and Internet cybersquatting;
  • drafting and negotiating technology, intellectual property, e-commerce, and software licenses for companies working with public utilities, privately held global companies, and publicly traded companies; and 
  • conducting intellectual property due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures of software and electronics companies.

Recently Published Cases include:

  • ACCO Brands, Inc. v. ABA Locks Manuf. Ltd., 501 F.3d 1307 (CAFC 2007)
  • Eberle Design, Inc. v. Reno A & E, 354 F. Supp. 2d 1093 (D. Ariz. 2005)

Co-inventor of United States Patents:

  • 6,076,585: Semiconductor manufacturing processes
  • 6,147,410: Semiconductor manufacturing process
  • 6,779,370: Computer security device
  • 6,971,254: Computer security device

Bar and Court Admissions

Arizona, 1999

United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits

United States District Court for the District of Arizona

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Supreme Court of the United States

Education

Arizona State University, J.D., cum laude, 1999

Arizona State University, M.S.E.E, 1996

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.E.E, 1991

Languages

Chinese (Mandarin)

Publications

  • “Intellectual Property,” In-House Counsel's Essential Toolkit, American Bar Association, 2007
  • "The Name Game: What’s It Worth To Protect Your Company Name," bizAZ, March 2005, p. 75

Speeches and Seminars

  • "Employee Emails: What Every Employer Should Know," Arizona Technology Council, Phoenix, AZ, 2010
  • “What’s Hot and What’s Not in Intellectual Property,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
  • “Practical Tips for Everyday Lawyering,” Arizona State Bar, Phoenix, AZ, 2008
  • “The Fall of the Mighty Patent Licensor,” Arizona State Bar Convention, Tucson, AZ, 2008
  • “Lifecycle of Business Intellectual Property: From Birth to Death,” Arizona State Bar Convention, Phoenix, AZ, 2007
  • “Intellectual Property for the Launch Prep Entrepreneurship Course (“LPEC”)," Arizona State University-Technopolis, Tempe, AZ, 2006-Present
  • “Done and Done-er: The Lawyer’s Odyssey to Closing the Deal…and Beyond,” Arizona State Bar Convention, Phoenix, AZ, 2006-2007
  • “Intellectual Property Issues in Licensing and Joint Development Agreements,” National Contract Management Association, Phoenix, AZ, 2006
  • “Intellectual Property Every In-House Lawyer and Outside Counsel Should Know,” Maricopa County Bar Association Phoenix, AZ, 2006
  • “Trademark Protection and Internet Advertising,” Strafford Publications, Inc., Nationwide Teleconference, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program - Selection Committee and Founding Mentor, 2005-present
  • Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) – President, 2005-2006, Board of Directors, 2000-present, Member, 1999-present, Pro Bono Legal Clinic Coordinator and Volunteer, 2006-2008
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA) – Diversity Committee, 2009-present, Board of Directors, 2002-2003, Member, 1999-present
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – President-Elect, 2013-present, Treasurer, 2012-2013, Vice President for Programs and Operations, 2011-2012, Southwest Regional Governor, 2009-2011, Investment Committee Chairperson and Founder, 2008-present, Finance Committee member, 2002-2008, Member, 1999-present, Law Foundation Pro Bono Volunteer, 2004-2006
  • State Bar of Arizona – Mentor Committee Chair, 2012-present, member 2011-present, Minority Bar Convention Ethics and Civil Rights Subcommittee, 2010-2011, Bar Leadership Institute Selection Committee, 2008-present, Member, 1999-present

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • AZ Business Leaders - Intellectual Property Law Impact Player, 2013-2014 
  • AZ Top Lawyers – Intellectual Property Law, AZ Business Magazine, 2008-2014 
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2013
  • Arizona Governor's Asian-American Advisory Council, 2005-2008
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law - Minority Writing Program Mentor, 2006-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Patent, 2012-2014
  • Best Lawyers Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2005
  • Future Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2009-2014
  • HIV/AIDS Law Project Team Award – Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2009
  • Southwest Super Lawyer, 2010-2014
  • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2009
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Community Legal Services, 2000-present

Education

  • Arizona State University, J.D., cum laude, 1999
  • Arizona State University, M.S.E.E, 1996
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.E.E, 1991

Admissions

  • Arizona, 1999
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Committee/Leadership Roles

  • Firmwide Diversity Committee
  • Lawyers of Color Affinity Group (Co-Chair)
  • Recruiting Committee