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Elizabeth Chien-Hale

San Francisco
(408) 776-8719


State Bar of California
District of Columbia
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Hong Kong Law Society (Registered Foreign Lawyer)
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (Registered non-resident patent agent)
Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales
United States Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, Court of International Trade


Intellectual Property
Licensing and Technology Transfer
IP Litigation
Trade Secrets
Strategic Counseling and Portfolio Development
China Practice
Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency


Visiting Scholar, IP Center, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2007

Research Scholar, College of Law, Peking University, 1995

2012 Outstanding IP Manager Award by China Daily and China Intellectual Property Magazine


Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of California

Masters in Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing from University of California

J.D. from University of Hawaii

LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center


Mandarin Chinese

Ms. Chien-Hale is a U.S. attorney specializing in international patent and other forms of cross-border intellectual property protection.

Ms. Chien-Hale has both in-house and law firm experiences. Prior to joining CKR Law, she worked for several Silicon Valley and international law firms, including general practice firms and IP boutiques. In her in-house capacity, she worked in China on a number of occasions: as the Director of Intellectual Property Legal Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region at Eaton Corporation, and as the interim CEO for Taiwan's IP Bank project under the Industrial Technology Research Institute ("ITRI"). Prior to her positions in Asia, she served as Apple's Inc.'s Senior Counsel/China Coordinator for all IPR issues in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

On the pro-bono side, Ms. Chien-Hale founded the Institute for Intellectual Property in Asia, an organization through which she conducts talks and events facilitating exchanges between the United States and Asia. She is also an active member and held leadership positions in several professional organizations. She is currently a Council member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association, and previously served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.

Ms. Chien-Hale has lectured and written, in both English and Chinese, on the topics of international intellectual property protection and the Chinese constitutional structure. In addition to her engineering and law degrees awarded by US universities, she was also a research scholar at the College of Law of the Peking University in 1995, and a visiting scholar at Intellectual Property Law Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2007.

Leadership Roles

American Bar Association

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

ALI-ABA Intellectual Property Advisory Panel

Intellectual Property Law Section:

Council, 2016-2010

Liaison to the Asian Patent Attorneys Association 2010-present

         Book Editorial Board, 2016-2020

SIPO-US Bar Liaison Council: Council Secretary (2018-2010)

American Society of International Law

Executive Council, 2012-2015

Corresponding Editor of International Legal Materials, 2007-present

         Intellectual Property Law Interest Group, Co-Chair, 2004-2011

         Pacific Law Interest Group, Vice-Chair, 2003-2006, Chair 2008-2012

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