Phoenix Partner George Chen spoke at the 2019 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention on Nov. 8 in Austin, TX. Chen moderated the panel “Design Patents Since Apple v. Samsung.” Panelists discussed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Apple v. Samsung and more recent court decisions about design patents, as well as design patent statistics and trends from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Chen serves on BCLP’s firmwide international Board and is the leader of the Intellectual Property Practice for the Phoenix office. He partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, internet, cybersquatting and other intellectual property matters.

Chen has had deep involvement with NAPABA, including numerous leadership positions. He is a past president of the organization and served as treasurer, vice president for programs and operations, southwest regional governor and also on various committees. Chen is the current chair of the NAPABA Nominating and Elections Committee.

The NAPABA Convention is an annual gathering of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of more than 50,000 attorneys and 80 national, state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. This year was the organization’s 31st annual convention and convened over 2,000 attendees from across the country.

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