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Chad Shear

Principal, Co-Chair | Southern California | 858-678-4730 | shear@fr.com

Chad Shear is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s Delaware office. He is a member of the firm’s life sciences and pharmaceutical litigation group, and has represented clients across that technology spectrum as well as others. As lead trial counsel, Chad successfully defended Callaway Golf in a recent jury trial in the Eastern District of Texas. Another recent success involved a bench trial victory on behalf of a pioneering pharmaceutical developer of glaucoma medications as well as a favorable settlement after a full bench trial on behalf of a pioneer in cardiovascular medications.

ADMISSIONS

  • Texas 1999
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 2001
  • California 2004
  • Delaware 2012
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
Clerkships
  • The Honorable H. Robert Mayer, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2001 – 2003
Memberships and Affiliations
  • Member: Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, Federal Circuit Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association.

OTHER DISTINCTIONS

Selected Speeches and Publications
  • Author and lecturer for Patent Resources Group Advanced Patent Law Course, “Pharma & Biotech Strategies for Patent Prosecution, Hatch-Waxman, and Litigation.”
  • “The Ever Changing Seas of Patent Law,” BIO’s Intellectual Property Counsels’ Fall Conference (2007).
  • “How to Prepare for and Conduct Markman Hearings,” Claim Construction from the Appellate Perspective, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco (2007).
  • “KSR International vs. Teleflex – Understanding Obviousness and ProActive Strategies for Protecting Your Patents” IP Law & Business, Innovations in IP Litigation – Spring Briefing (2007).
  • “From a Clerk’s Perspective: A Discussion of Recent Cases From an Insider’s Perspective,” BIO’s Intellectual Property Counsels’ Spring Conference (2007).
  • “How to Prepare for and Conduct Markman Hearings,” Claim Construction from the Appellate Perspective, Practising Law Institute, San Francisco (2005).
  • “How to Prepare & Conduct Markman Hearings 2005,” with D. Grinshpun, anthology published by Practising Law Institute (2005).
  • “Ethics: Document Retention, Spoliation and Related Ethical Issues,” Center for American and International Law’s 42nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Dallas, Texas (2004).
  • W. Chad Shear and Thomas J. Van Gilder, Spoliation and Document Retention: Know When to Hold ‘Em (2004).
  • “The AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act – An Offensive Weapon for Trademark Holders,” 1 ILL. J. L. TECH. & POL’Y 219 (2001).
  • “The Ethics of Opinion Letters Under the United States Patent & Trademark Office Code of Professional Responsibility and the New York Code of Professional Responsibility,” ETHICS IN CONTEXT 1999: ETHICS FOR SECURITIES LAWYERS, CORPORATE COUNSEL, BANKRUPTCY LAWYERS, LITIGATORS, ESTATE PLANNERS AND TRADEMARK LAWYERS, Practising Law Institute (1999).
  • “The Liability Implications of the Illinois Electronic Commerce Security Act,” 2 MOD. TRENDS INTELL. PROP. 87 (1998).
Awards and Honors
  • "Best for Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Litigation – California," Wealth & Finance Business Awards 2015
  • Chosen for "Sustained Excellence in Patent Litigation," Corporate America Legal Elite 2015
Education
  • BS, Texas A&M University 1996
    Chemistry
  • JD, University of Illinois College of Law 1999
    magna cum laude

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