• Biography

    Tom Chen is an experienced patent attorney who prides himself in being trusted and valued by his clients. Tom is dedicated to going above and beyond the standard attorney-client relationship by providing quality patent counsel and by taking the time to learn about the true business goals, strategies, and ambitions of his clients. Clients value Tom for his technical understanding and strategy with regard to their specific patent issues.

    Under Tom’s lead, the firm handles patent matters for start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Tom plays a major role in not just expanding his client’s patent portfolio, but more importantly maximizing its value to his clients. He provides his opinion and analysis, at least weekly, on patent related matters for his clients and regularly works with a large number of inventors, as well as various in-house counsel.

    Tom’s experience is founded on multiple advanced degrees in electrical engineering and significant engineering work at Hughes Aircraft, covers a variety of technologies, including e-commerce, mobile payments, electrical circuits, semiconductor memories/processing, semiconductor equipment, fiber optic and wireless communications, televisions, mechanical devices, Internet-related applications, microprocessors and other computer architecture. Tom’s experience extends to patent litigation as well, including matters before the International Trade Commission and district courts. He has been involved in all phases of litigation, including discovery, depositions, expert reports and briefs.

    Tom has presented alongside key decision makers from his clients’ companies, which has helped Tom strengthen his deep understanding of his clients’ core values. Additionally, he has written on various intellectual property issues and risk management, Supreme Court patent decisions and issues before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Aside from Tom being a skilled and insightful intellectual property attorney and member of the firm’s board of directors, he is an active member of Haynes and Boone's Attorney Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, which focuses on advancing the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers within the firm. Tom advocates the importance and necessity of a diverse law firm and truly strives to make Haynes and Boone a leader in law firm diversity. In fact, the firm appears in many “Top 100” rankings related to diversity and women issues, and is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Thomas L. Sager award. Tom is also a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association where he attends events and contributes to meaningful initiatives.

    Tom was selected by the Daily Journal, Daily Journal Corporation, as one of the 2016 Top 100 Lawyers in California. Tom was also listed in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, Globe White Page Ltd, 2018.

    Selected Publications and Speeches

    • “Recent USPTO Guidance on 35 U.S.C. § 101,” speaker, AT&T Legal Summit for AT&T in house lawyers and outside counsel, Middletown, NJ, September 13, 2018.
    • “The Hybrid In-House/Outside Counsel Patent Prosecution Model – What Works,” speaker, 4th Annual IP Strategy Summit, Orange County, CA, March 6, 2018. 
  • Education and Clerkships

    • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1996, cum laude; Editor, Pepperdine Law Review
    • Electrical Engineer, Engineer Degree, University of Southern California, 1993, Hughes Engineer's Degree Fellowship
    • M.S., Electrical Engineering, California State University, Northridge, 1989
    • B.S., Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1985
  • Admissions

    • California
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office