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Bernard Chao

Patent Law
Intellectual Property

Assistant Professor

J.D. Duke University School of Law
B.S. Electrical Engineering Purdue University

Bernard Chao joined the University of Denver after practicing law in Silicon Valley for almost twenty years. During that time, he took on several different roles. At the law firms of Wilson, Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Pennie & Edmonds, Professor Chao represented technology companies in high stakes patent litigations across the country. As Vice President of Legal Strategy at Covad Communications (the first national DSL carrier), Professor Chao worked on a broad range of issues as Covad grew from a startup to a public company with thousands of employees. Later Professor Chao founded his own firm, Chao Hadidi Stark & Barker LLP, which continues to provide strategic patent counseling to both established technology companies and startups. Since 2007 Professor Chao has been serving as a court appointed Special Master in the largest group of patent cases in the United States, In Re Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation.

Drawing on his industry experience, Professor Chao’s writings seek to apply a theoretical understanding of the law to relevant real world problems. Some of the issues he has written about include: the rules for determining when software is patent eligible, patent remedies, the extraterritorial reach of U.S. patent law (particularly as applied to the semiconductor industry) and transparency in patent litigation. Working with other leading scholars, Professor Chao is also conducting a series of experiments that seek to determine how juries react to different trial tactics. His recent scholarship has appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal and the Cardozo Law Review. Professor Chao has also made several contributions to the popular Patently-O blog.

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