Reuben Chen is a partner in the Cooley litigation department. He joined the Firm in 2003 and is resident in the Palo Alto office.
Mr. Chen's practice focuses on technology and intellectual property litigation, primarily patent litigation. He has assisted clients in intellectual property matters across a wide range of technologies, including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics, HDTV, integrated circuits, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, Wavelength Selective Switches, and web-based technologies.
Mr. Chen was selected in 2014 and 2013 as a Northern California Rising Star for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.
Recent representative cases include:
- Huntley, LLC v. Monterey Mushrooms, Inc., (D. Del.) – Defended Monterey Mushrooms in a patent infringement action, obtaining a dismissal of the case with prejudice along with attorneys' fees and costs.
- Mekiki Co., Ltd. v. Facebook, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Defended Facebook in a patent infringement action. The case was dismissed without prejudice in light of pending PTO reexamination of patents-in-suit.
- PersonalWeb Techs., LLC, et al. v. Facebook, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) - Defended Facebook in a patent infringement action. The case was administratively closed in light of pending PTO inter partes review of the patents-in-suit.
- The Penn State Research Foundation, Inc. v. Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. (M.D. Pa.) – Defended Monterey Mushrooms in a correction of inventorship and ownership dispute. The case settled and was dismissed.
- Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network, Inc. v. BitTorrent, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Defended BitTorrent in a patent infringement action, obtaining a dismissal with prejudice.
- Weyer, et al. v. MySpace, Inc., et al. (C.D. Cal.) – Defended Facebook in a patent infringement action. The case was administratively dismissed in light of pending PTO reexamination of the patent-in-suit.
- WhoGlue, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc. (D. Del.) – Defended Facebook in a patent infringement action. The case was dismissed.
- Zenith Electronics Corporation v. Thomson, Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex.). Represented Zenith in a patent enforcement action. All Defendants who manufacture are now licensees to the patents.
Additionally, Mr. Chen's efforts on pro bono matters have been recognized by the American Bar Association, the National Law Journal, the California Lawyers for the Arts, and the San Francisco Daily Journal.
Mr. Chen is a member of the State Bar of California. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the William A. Ingram American Inn of Court. Mr. Chen serves on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and as Co-Chair of the Stanford Alumni Regional Law Chapter for Silicon Valley. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Program in Law, Science & Technology. He further serves on the Steering Committee for the Stanford Law School Asian Pacific American Alumni Association. Additionally, Mr. Chen serves on the Board of Directors and is past President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley. Mr. Chen also previously served on the Santa Clara County Bar Association's Judiciary Committee, which evaluates judicial candidates at the request of the California governor, and on the association's Board of Trustees and Strategic Planning Committee.
Mr. Chen received a JD from Stanford Law School in 2003. During law school, he was a legal assistant to Professor Paul Goldstein and completed an externship with the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong of the United States District Court. Additionally, while at Stanford, Mr. Chen was a representative of the Law Association, the treasurer of the Asian and Pacific Islander Law Students Association, a committee co-chair for the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation, a member of the Stanford Journal of International Law, and a volunteer for the East Palo Alto Community Law Project. Mr. Chen received a BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.
Mr. Chen has received the following awards and recognition:
- Northern California Rising Star for Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine, 2013
- Minority Bar Coalition Award, 2013
- Lawyers of Color Hot List, 2013
Prior to law school, Mr. Chen was a Medical College Admissions Test instructor for Kaplan, where he taught the subjects of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.
Mr. Chen enjoys athletics and the arts, and is an avid tennis player.
- Stanford Law School
- University of Pennsylvania
BA, 1998, summa cum laude
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- American Bar Association
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
- Santa Clara County Bar Association
- Stanford Law School Asian Pacific American Alumni Association
- William A. Ingram American Inn of Court