Betty H. Chen

If you are being watched, leave now!

Principal, Fish & Richardson, P.C.

Ms. Chen is a trial lawyer who uses creative approaches based on her vast experience in courtrooms across the country to litigate high-stakes and high-profile patent, trade secret, antitrust, breach of contract, and fraud lawsuits. Ms. Chen also serves as Fish & Richardson’s firm-wide Hiring Principal. For successes on behalf of her clients, Ms. Chen has been named a “Best Under 40” attorney by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Women of Influence” and “40 Under 40.” Ms. Chen has also won two “Women Worth Watching” Awards presented by Profiles in Diversity Journal and named as Northern California’s “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.


Ms. Chen deftly navigates her clients’ business and legal concerns through groundbreaking and innovative legal strategies, always with the clients’ goals and bottom line in mind. This has made her a go-to lawyer for major pharmaceutical companies in proceedings under the Hatch-Waxman Act as well as Fortune 100 technology companies in pivotal patent and trade secret disputes. She has successfully tried matters in a variety of forums, including federal district courts, state courts, the International Trade Commission, and arbitration. Ms. Chen has deep experience managing global litigation of FRAND-committed standard essential patents, particularly those in the wireless communication space.  As examples, Ms. Chen has won summary judgment in the Eastern District of Texas, a jury verdict in the District of Massachusetts, and injunctive relief on behalf of a plaintiff in a trade secret matter.  And in just the past three months, she was able to litigate in a way that forced plaintiffs in three separate cases to voluntarily dismiss their multi-million dollar cases against her clients for $0. 


Ms. Chen is also committed to giving back to the legal community. She is on the Advisory Board of Directors of the Bay Area non-profit organization, Asian Law Alliance. She also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee and is Fish’s 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow. Ms. Chen regularly volunteers on pro bono basis for Kids in Need of Defense, an organization that helps children find a safe haven and freedom from fear.


Previously, Ms. Chen was a law clerk to the Honorable Ron Clark, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and a judicial intern for the Honorable William Wayne Justice, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.