Reuben Chen is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation practice group and a member of Cooley's Litigation department. He joined the firm in 2003 and is resident in the Palo Alto office.
Mr. Chen's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling, across a wide range of technologies, including computer, web, mobile, and communications technologies as well as biotechnology, chemistry, and medical devices. He has been recognized repeatedly by Super Lawyers magazine as one of Northern California's Rising Stars in IP Litigation.
Mr. Chen has successfully handled cases in popular patent litigation venues such as the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the District of Delaware, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums.
Recent representative cases include:
- Weyer, et al. v. Facebook, Inc. (Fed. Cir.) – Defended Facebook and successfully argued at Federal Circuit to invalidate asserted patent.
- JDS Uniphase Corporation v. CoAdna Photonics, Inc., (N.D. Cal.) – Defended CoAdna Photonics in a patent infringement action. The case was dismissed with prejudice.
- 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 Salk Institute for Biological Studies v. Acceleron Pharma, Inc. (D. Mass.) – Represented the Salk Institute in breach of contract action, involving TGF-Beta.
- Macrosolve, Inc. v. MediaFire, LLC, (E.D. Tex.) – Defended MediaFire in a patent infringement action, obtaining a dismissal.
- Tranz-Send Broadcasting Network, Inc. v. BitTorrent, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Defended BitTorrent in a patent infringement action, obtaining a dismissal with prejudice.
- Mekiki Co., Ltd. v. Facebook, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Defended Facebook in a patent infringement action, obtaining a dismissal in light of the PTO's reexamination of patents-in-suit. The PTO subsequently rejected the asserted patent claims in reexamination.
- WhoGlue, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc. (D. Del.) – Defended Facebook in a patent infringement action. The case was dismissed.
- 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.
- The Penn State Research Foundation, Inc. v. Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. (M.D. Pa.) – Defended Monterey Mushrooms in a correction of inventorship and ownership dispute, obtaining a settlement and dismissal.
- 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.
Mr. Chen is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property and patent matters and serves on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Program in Law, Science & Technology. Additionally, 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 further serves on the Board of Directors and is past President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley. Previously, Mr. Chen 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.
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 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, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013
- Minority Bar Coalition Unity 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 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 Michigan
- 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, Board of Directors
- Santa Clara County Bar Association
- Stanford Law School Board of Visitors
- Stanford Law School Program in Law, Science & Technology, Advisory Board
- William A. Ingram American Inn of Court