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Elizabeth Chien-Hale

San Francisco
(408) 776.8719


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


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


Certificate in Networking/MET, Telecommunication, University of Toronto
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Research Scholar

Outstanding IP Manager Award by China Daily and China Intellectual Property Magazine
Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Committee of Bar Examiners
Commissioner for the Environmental Commission
Honolulu Neighborhood Bar
San Jose Okayam Sister Cities Committee
Asian Law Alliance


LL.M., International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center

J.D., University of Hawaii

M.A., Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing, University of California

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of California




Elizabeth Chien-Hale is a partner in the San Francisco office. Ms. Chien-Hale is an experienced attorney, her practice primarily specializes 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.


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