Denver Empirical Justice Institute

DEJI Director

Bernard Chao

Bernard Chao is an associate professor is the co-director of its Empirical Justice Institute. He joined the University of Denver after practicing law in Silicon Valley for almost twenty years in variety of different roles.  At Wilson, Sonsini and Pennie & Edmonds, Professor Chao represented companies in high stakes patent litigations. Professor Chao was also Vice President of Legal Strategy at Covad Communications as the company grew from a startup to a public company with thousands of employees. Later Professor Chao co-founded his own firm, Chao Hadidi Stark & Barker LLP, which continues to provide strategic patent counseling to technology companies. Professor Chao has also advised judges as a court appointed Special Master, most notably, in the largest patent multidistrict litigation in U.S. history, 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 issues and several of his works have been cited in briefings to the U.S. Supreme Court.  In addition to writing on patent law, Professor Chao has also conducted studies on how cognitive biases (e.g. anchoring, scaling and hindsight bias) impact legal decision making.  Substantively, his work with the Denver Empirical Justice Institute has covered a variety of topics including how different kinds of arguments and evidence affect juries, 4th Amendment search and seizure and how patent applications on personalized medicine have fared after changes to the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on subject matter eligibility. His empirical papers have been or will be published in many leading journals including the California Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Iowa Law Review, and the influential Patently O Law Journal.

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University of Denver
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Denver, CO 80208