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I am an intellectual property partner at Chen Malin LLP, which means I help companies commercialize and defend the technology, information, and innovations that drive their success.  

My practice touches all aspects of intellectual property and technology law:  patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, software, and data.  I help businesses negotiate and document licenses, assignments, and service agreements governing the development, use, and transfer of technology, software, and data.  I conduct diligence reviews to identify and evaluate the intellectual assets underlying acquisitions and investments.   And, I litigate to protect and defend the value of successful products, processes, systems, and brands.  

My interest in technology law began during law school, when I participated in the Duke Startup Challenge as part of a med-tech team developing hardware and software for computer-enhanced, sonogram-guided biopsies.  After law school, I joined “big law” and practiced for years - first as an associate, then as a partner - handling all aspects of complex patent litigation: discovery, depositions, expert analysis, motion practice, witness examination, trial advocacy, and settlement negotiations.  Now, I leverage that same experience to guide clients through complex transactions and business deals, anticipating issues and mitigating risks before disputes arise.

When I’m not practicing law, I study aikido, a Japanese martial art known for unbalancing an attacker by redirecting the attacker’s energy and momentum.  I enjoy mentoring new students and helping them develop confidence and control to remain calm and composed in a stressful, dynamic environment.

Chen Malin LLP
1700 Pacific Ave.
Suite 2400
Dallas, TX 75201

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Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property
Privacy & Data Security
Science & Technology


Law Firm

Law School

Duke University School of Law

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