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 legal issues as the company grew from a small 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 2013, 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.
Professor Chao consistently uses his industry experience to inform his research. His writings seek to use a theoretical understanding of the law to address relevant real world problems. Some of the issues his writings have tackled include: the rules for determining when software is patent eligible, remedies for lawsuits involving multicomponent products, transparency in patent litigation, the extraterritorial reach of U.S. patent law (particularly as applied to the semiconductor industry), and jury heuristics in technology cases.
- The Infringement Continuum, Cardozo Law Review (forthcoming 2014).
- A Case Study In Patent Litigation Transparency, Journal of Dispute Resolution (forthcoming 2014)(invited symposium contribution co-authored with Derigan Silver).
- Finding the Point of Novelty in Software Patents, 28 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1218 (2013).
- Moderating Mayo, 107 Northwestern University Law Review 423 (2012) (colloquy essay).
- Reconciling Foreign and Domestic Infringement, 80 UMKC Law Review 607 (invited symposium contribution) (2012).