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Colleen Chien

Associate Professor of Law
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Colleen Chien teaches at the School of Law in the areas of patent law and intellectual property.

Professor Colleen Chien, who teaches remedies, international intellectual property, and patents, is influential in the field of patents and intellectual property. In fact, both Congress and the FTC have cited her work. She has testified before the DOJ/FTC/PTO on patent issues, and she is often invited to lecture at national law conferences. In July 2012 Professor Chien testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet about the use of the International Trade Commission for resolving patent disputes. She was also part of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom's team to bring a Patent Office to California.

In 2011, Chien made significant contributions to patent policy and practice. Her paper, Predicting Litigation, proposes a manner by which companies can figure out which few of the thousands and thousands of their potential patents have a greater chance of being litigated, and is being adapted into several commercial settings. Professor Chien recently contributed comments to the ITC and PTO on various patent issues, drawing upon her empirical analyses. Professor Chien has worked on issues relating to patent assertion entities and helped to organize a conference here at Santa Clara Law, Defense 2.0: New Strategies for Reducing Patent Risk, devoted to patent defense issues. The conference drew attendees from across the nation. Professor Chien is also a frequent local and national lecturer on her research on the International Trade Commission and various patent law topics.

In 2011, Professor Chien was invited to attend the signing of the patent-reform law on September 16. Chien attended the White House reception and was one of the only full-time patent academics present. She continues to be involved with the implementation of this act.

In 2013 Professor Chien was named the inaugural Eric Yamamoto Emerging Scholar and one of Silicon Valley's Women of Influence. She has received gifts and grants for research including from the New America Foundation. Her articles have been published in magazines and scholarly journals like Forbes and the Texas Law Review. She is also a frequent commentator on patent issues, recently quoted by Reuters, NPR, The New York Times, and Politico. She enjoys mentoring and counseling the high tech students at Santa Clara who she finds engaged, motivated, and a source of new questions and inspiration.