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Steven P. Chen

Senior Associate
Silicon Valley

Steven P. Chen
Mandarin, Taiwanese
Practice Group
Intellectual Property

Before becoming a lawyer, Steven Chen had more than 20 years of engineering experience in leading the development of pioneering technologies as an entrepreneur, founder, consultant, and innovator at major technology companies. Leveraging his extensive engineering background, Steven advises technology clients on intellectual property matters with a particular focus on patent litigation and patent prosecution.

Having received numerous patents and published in technical journals, Steven brings his unique perspective to counsel multinational corporations and emerging start-up on how to identify, procure, develop, protect, and enforce their patent portfolios and innovative ideas.

In April 2010, Steven won the European Patent Office's (EPO) Inventor of the Year Award for his invention on powerful chipsets designed to enhance the availability, accuracy, and effectiveness of GPS technology. In winning the award, the EPO credits Steven and his co-inventor's invention for enabling the success and mass popularity of GPS technology today.

Steven has represented clients in intellectual property litigation in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission. Steven's passion for technology has led him to prosecute patents for innovators in broad technology areas including Global Positioning System (GPS), wireless communication systems, networking products, semiconductor, integrated circuits, social media, and green technology. Steven has also prepared opinions on intellectual property rights, developed IP portfolio roadmaps, and provided strategic counseling to clients.

Representative experience

Represented uPI in proceedings before the International Trade Commission and in federal district court.

Represents a leading global technology company in patent litigation in federal district court.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Whittier Law School, 2007
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, 1990
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1983

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

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