Cary Chien

Cary Chien

Cary Chien is a member of Hopkins & Carley’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice in the San Jose office. He primarily focuses on patent and complex IP, trade secret, trademark, and commercial litigation, with extensive experience litigating software and hardware technologies, including:

  • Semiconductors
  • Android and Windows-based smart phones
  • MP3 decoding standard
  • LCD light diffusers
  • Search engine optimization
  • eCommerce software
  • Television programming guides 

Prior to Hopkins & Carley, Cary, who is fluent in Mandarin, worked with a global law firm where he represented high technology companies in both offensive and defensive patent litigation in U.S. Federal Courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. 

Cary has extensive experience in municipal and state politics. He served as Chief of Staff to a San Jose Councilmember, where he was the principal staff-liaison for land-use policy and development entitlements in the North San Jose Redevelopment Area. Cary also served as an aide to a member of the California State Assembly representing San Francisco.

Before law school, Cary was a test engineer for NetIQ, an enterprise systems management software company in San Jose.


  • “Patent Claim Construction Subject to Hybrid Review Standard”, IP Advisory, January 2015
  • “Patent Law Developments: Indefiniteness and Damages”, IP Advisory, September 2014
  • “Out In The Cold:  Individual Inventors and Patent Reform”, Daily Journal, February 2014
  • “Who Arbitrates Arbitrability?”, IP Update, Sept. 2013
  • “Is Subject Matter Eligibility Really a Threshold Issue?”, IP Update, September 2012
  • “Stream of Commerce Contacts Insufficient to Maintain Personal Jurisdiction”, IP Update, March 2012
  • “Federal  Circuit Grants En Bane Rehearing in Akamai Joint Patent Infringement Decision”, IP Update, May 2011
  • San Jose/Silicon Valley ChamberPAC, Board Member
  • Asian Law Alliance, Advisory Board Member
  • SVCreates, Board Member
  • West Valley Community Services, Former Board Member
  • Planning Commission, City of Cupertino, Former Commissioner
  • Parks & Recreation Commission, City of Cupertino, Former Commissioner
  • State Bar of California (2010)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit


  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
  • B.S., Computer Science, Santa Clara University

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