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Bernard Chao

Patent Law
Intellectual Property

Associate 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. From 2007 to 2014, Professor Chao also served 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) transparency in patent litigation and cognitive bias in juries. Professor Chao is also conducting a series of experiments to assess decision making in the law. His recent papers will or have appeared in the Iowa Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Cardozo Law Review and Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

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