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George Chen serves on the firmwide international Executive Committee and is the leader of the intellectual property practice for the firm's Phoenix office. He 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.

Bottom Line:  You don’t have to worry when George Chen is on your team.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • American’s Most Honored Professionals, Top Attorney, 2011-2016
    • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2013- 2014
    • Arizona Governor's Asian-American Advisory Council, 2005-2008
    • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law - Minority Writing Program Mentor, 2006-2013
    • AZ Business Leaders - Intellectual Property Law Impact Player, 2013-2016
    • AZ Top Lawyers – Intellectual Property Law, AZ Business Magazine, 2008-2016
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Patent Litigation, 2012-2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" (Patent Law in Phoenix), 2018 
    • Best Lawyers Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2005
    • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Fellow Invitee, 2013-2014, 2016
    • HIV/AIDS Law Project Team Award, Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2009
    • IP Stars - Arizona, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, 2013-2017
    • Lawyers of Color, 4thAnnual Power List, 2015
    • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2009-2018
    • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top One Percent, 2016
    • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2010-2017
    • Southwest Super Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona, 2016
    • State Bar of Arizona, Member of the Year, 2015
    • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2009
    • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Community Legal Services, 2000-present
    • WTR 1000 List– The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2016
    • The Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" (Patent Law in Phoenix), 2018 
    • Best Lawyers Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2005
    • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Fellow Invitee, 2013-2014, 2016
    • HIV/AIDS Law Project Team Award, Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2009
    • IP Stars - Arizona, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, 2013-2017
    • Lawyers of Color, 4thAnnual Power List, 2015
    • Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation, 2009-2018
    • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top One Percent, 2016
    • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2010-2017
    • Southwest Super Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona, 2016
    • State Bar of Arizona, Member of the Year, 2015
    • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2009
    • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Community Legal Services, 2000-present
    • WTR 1000 List– The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2016
    • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top One Percent, 2016
    • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2010-2017
    • Southwest Super Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona, 2016
    • State Bar of Arizona, Member of the Year, 2015
    • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2009
    • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Community Legal Services, 2000-present
    • WTR 1000 List– The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2016
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association  Task Force on Engendering Trust and Confidence in the American Legal System  Member, 2016-present; Standing Committee on Membership (SCoM) – Member, 2015-present; Judicial Intern Opportunity Program  Arizona Founding Mentor  Selection Committee Member, 2005-2013; Intellectual Property Section  Member. 1999-present
    • American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA)  Member, 1999-present
    • Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) – President, 2005-2006; Board of Directors, 2000-2013; Member, 1999-present; Pro Bono Legal Clinic Coordinator and Volunteer, 2006-2008
    • Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA) – Diversity Committee, 2009-2011; Board of Directors, 2002-2003; Member, 1999-present
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – Immediate Past President, 2015-present; President, 2014-2015; President-Elect, 2013-2014; Treasurer, 2012-2013; Vice President for Programs and Operations, 2011-2012; Southwest Regional Governor, 2009-2011; Investment Committee Founder and Chairman, 2008-2013; Finance Committee member, 2002-2008, Member, 1999-present; Law Foundation Pro Bono Volunteer, 2004-2006
    • State Bar of Arizona – Mentor Committee Chair, 2012-2013, member 2011-2015, Minority Bar Convention Ethics and Civil Rights Subcommittee, 2010-2011; Bar Leadership Institute Selection Committee, 2008-present; Member, 1999-present
    • Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) – President, 2005-2006; Board of Directors, 2000-2013; Member, 1999-present; Pro Bono Legal Clinic Coordinator and Volunteer, 2006-2008
    • Maricopa County Bar Association (MCBA) – Diversity Committee, 2009-2011; Board of Directors, 2002-2003; Member, 1999-present
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – Immediate Past President, 2015-present; President, 2014-2015; President-Elect, 2013-2014; Treasurer, 2012-2013; Vice President for Programs and Operations, 2011-2012; Southwest Regional Governor, 2009-2011; Investment Committee Founder and Chairman, 2008-2013; Finance Committee member, 2002-2008, Member, 1999-present; Law Foundation Pro Bono Volunteer, 2004-2006
    • State Bar of Arizona – Mentor Committee Chair, 2012-2013, member 2011-2015, Minority Bar Convention Ethics and Civil Rights Subcommittee, 2010-2011; Bar Leadership Institute Selection Committee, 2008-present; Member, 1999-present
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – Immediate Past President, 2015-present; President, 2014-2015; President-Elect, 2013-2014; Treasurer, 2012-2013; Vice President for Programs and Operations, 2011-2012; Southwest Regional Governor, 2009-2011; Investment Committee Founder and Chairman, 2008-2013; Finance Committee member, 2002-2008, Member, 1999-present; Law Foundation Pro Bono Volunteer, 2004-2006
    • State Bar of Arizona – Mentor Committee Chair, 2012-2013, member 2011-2015, Minority Bar Convention Ethics and Civil Rights Subcommittee, 2010-2011; Bar Leadership Institute Selection Committee, 2008-present; Member, 1999-present
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Representative Experience

Mr. Chen’s recent engagements include:

  • representing electronics companies, software and e-commerce companies, a firearms manufacturer, a national transportation company, and a national retailer in lawsuits involving utility patent, design patent, and trade dress infringement and unfair competition;
  • preparing and prosecuting US, foreign, and international patent, trademark, and copyright applications for a major sporting equipment company, a natural resource company, a renewable energy company, a consumer electronics company, a national retailer, university technology transfer entities, 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 and a national retailer, including the evaluation of business method patents; 
  • representing software and e-commerce companies in lawsuits involving copyright infringement and breach of contract and in open source software matters; 
  • representing a real estate developer and a national retailer in several lawsuits involving service mark infringement, dilution, and Internet cybersquatting;
  • drafting and negotiating technology transfer agreements and intellectual property, patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, e-commerce, and software licenses for aviation/avionics companies, consumer goods companies, and electronics companies working with universities, public utilities, government entities, privately-held global companies, and publicly traded companies; and 
  • conducting intellectual property due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures of software and electronics and other technology 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

Publications

  • “No Standing to Seek Trademark Registration Cancellation,” LinkedIn.com, October 10, 2016
  • “New Law Created Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation,” LinkedIn.com, June 30, 2016
  • “Supreme Court Upholds Patent Office’s Use of Broadest Reasonable Interpretation during an Inter Partes Review Proceeding,” LinkedIn.com, June 28, 2016
  • "Beneath the Surface: Why Diversity and Inclusion Matters for Lawyers of Color, and What Lawyers Can Do to Address Bias in the Legal Profession," The Federal Lawyer, June 2015
  • “Is Clothing Copyrightable?” LinkedIn.com, May 10, 2016
  • “Unlicensed Third-Party Use of a Famous Trademark Is Not Always Dilution,” LinkedIn.com, May 4, 2016
  • “Sales of Patented Items Do Not Necessarily Exhaust the Patent Owners’ Rights, LinkedIn.com, April 27, 2016
  • “Has Your Trademark Been Stolen in Cuba?” LinkedIn.com, April 19, 2016
  • “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

Speaking Engagements

Intellectual Property Presentations

Mr. Chen has lectured on a wide range of intellectual property topics for various organizations locally and nationally. Here is a list of select speaking engagements from recent years:

  • “International Patent Design Applications under the Hague Agreement,” Bryan Cave Intellectual Property Seminar at the Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, AZ, 2016
  • “Are the Name, Brand, and Technology of Your Business at Risk?” Los Abogados / Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix, AZ, 2015
  • “Patent Infringement Lawsuit Statistics for Non-Practicing Entities and Related Litigation Strategies,” Bryan Cave Intellectual Property Seminar at the Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, AZ, 2015
  • “Confidentiality Agreements and Intellectual Property Ownership,” Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ 2014, 2015, 2016
  • “Litigation – What a Relief … How to Seek Monetary Awards, Injunctions, and Other Remedies – Practical Tips,” American Intellectual Property Law Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2014
  • “Patentable Subject Matter Under CLS and Ultramercial,” Bryan Cave Intellectual Property Seminar at the Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, AZ, 2014
  • “Challenges and Strategies for Protecting Innovation: Cutting-Edge Developments on Patent Eligible Subject Matter,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – Annual Convention, Kansas City, MO, 2013
  • “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about LLCs,” State Bar of Arizona CLE By the Sea, Coronado, CA, 2013
  • “Intellectual Property Audits for the Non-Tech Company,” Association of Corporate Counsel – Arizona Chapter, Phoenix, AZ, 2013
  • “Cloud Computing: Does the Forecast Show Rain or Shine?” Two Presentations: Bryan Cave Arizona In-House Counsel CLE Seminar, Phoenix, AZ, 2013; Bryan Cave Intellectual Property Seminar at the Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, AZ 2016
  • “Software Patents,” 2013 In-House Counsel CLE Institute, Atlanta, GA, 2013
  • “Legally Green,” Great Green Business Search, Scottsdale, AZ, 2012
  • “Intellectual Property and Transactions,” M&A Roundtable, Phoenix, AZ, 2012
  • “The Changing State of Patent Law,” Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, Washington, DC, 2012

Professional Association Presentations

Mr. Chen is often asked by local and national professional organizations to speak on topics relating to the legal profession. Here is a list of those recent select speaking engagements:

  • "What are We Doing to Diversify Our Legal Profession: A Look at Pipeline Projects within Our State and Diversity in the Workforce," Arizona Collaborative Bar  Continuing Legal Education Program, Phoenix, AZ, 2016
  • “Art of Self-Promotion,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, 2016
  • “Judiciary Roundtable,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – Regional Conference, Columbus, OH, 2016
  • “Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Game-Show Approach to Implicit Bias,” State Bar of Arizona – Annual Convention, Scottsdale, AZ, 2016
  • “Judiciary Roundtable & Lobbying for Lawyers,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – Regional Conferences, Minneapolis, MN, 2015; Orlando, FL, 2015; Boston, MA, 2015; Honolulu, HI, 2015
  • “Let’s Handle Those Difficult Situations: How Do You Deal With? A Governance Town Hall Discussion,” American Bar Association – Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
  • “Perspectives on Diversity in the Legal Profession in Arizona,” State Bar of Arizona – Minority Bar Convention, Phoenix, AZ 2015
  • “Motivating and Working with Volunteers,” American Bar Association – Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, Minneapolis, MN, 2014
  • “The Changing Face of Law Firm Partnership,” State Bar of Arizona – Annual Convention, Tucson, AZ, 2014
  • “Myths and Truths for Thriving as the President of a Bar Association with Little or No Staff,” American Bar Association – Bar Leadership Institute, Chicago, IL, 2014
  • “NAPABA and Diversity,” Arizona Asian American Bar Association, Phoenix, AZ, 2014
  • “Mentoring Secrets Revealed,” State Bar of Arizona – Annual Convention, Phoenix, AZ, 2013