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Elizabeth Chien-Hale

Apple, Inc.
Senior Patent Counsel - China Coordinator
Cupertino, CA, USA


Elizabeth Chien-Hale

Education:
LL.M. (“With Distinction”), Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, 1997
Concentration in international and comparative law
 
JD, University of Hawaii School of Law, Honolulu, HI, 1994
Articles Editor, University of Hawaii Law Review
Founding member of the Pacific Asia Law Journal
 
MA, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1989
Concentration in artificial intelligence/computational linguistics
 
BSME, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1983
Member of member of Pi Tau Sigma

 
Specialization:
Patent law, Intellectual property law, and International Law

Experience:
Ms. Chien-Hale is a U.S. attorney specializing in patent and other forms of intellectual property protection in the United States and abroad.

She currently works as the Senior Patent Counsel for Apple Inc., coordinating Chinarelated IP activities. Prior to joining Apple Inc., she had her practice, and worked in several law firms. She spear-headed the patent practice at Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong office. She also worked for other law firms in Silicon Valley including Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Fish & Richardson.

Ms. Chien-Hale has substantial technical knowledge in a variety of electrical and electromechanical arts, having drafted and prosecuted patent applications in telecommunication, software, wireless and Internet-enabled devices, language-based data processing, semiconductor processing and computer-related mechanical devices. She was also involved in a number of intellectual property litigation cases, including cases in the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court, relating to patent infringements and trade secrets violation.

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. She was a research scholar at the College of Law of the Peking University in 1995, and a visiting scholar at Intellectual Property Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2007. She is a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, licensed to practice in the states of California, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia. She is also admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, US Court of International Trade, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and a British Solicitor.

Her name has been included in the Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World.

Ms. Chien-Hale is also an active participant in the professional organizations. For the American Bar Association, she is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Furthermore, she currently co-chairs the Committee on International Patent Treaties and Laws for the Intellectual Property Law Section, and co-chairs the Joint Task Force between the Intellectual Property Law Section and  the International Law Section on PRC Intellectual Property Laws Amendments. She is the chair of the Intellectual Property Law Interest Group and the Pacific Rim Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.

She is also the legal counselor of the Silicon Valley-China Wireless Technology Association.
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