Colleen Chien

Justin D’Atri Visiting Professor of Business Law (Spring 2019)

Colleen Chien

Justin D’Atri Visiting Professor of Business Law (Spring 2019)

Colleen Chien is Justin D'Atri Visiting Professor of Business, Law and Society at Columbia Law School (Spring 2019) and Professor at Santa Clara Law School. She has testified before Congress, the DOJ, FTC, and various other governmental bodies drawing from her empirical research, which is focused on the patent system, innovation policy, and criminal justice reform (second chances). From 2013-2015 she served as White House Senior Advisor, Innovation and Intellectual Property, at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

Professor Chien is among the top 20 most-cited intellectual property and cyberlaw scholars in the US and her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR’s Marketplace, and numerous other venues. She is the recipent of the American Law Institute's Early Career Medal, awarded to legal academics whose work has the greatest potential to impact policy. She is also the winner of the IP Vangurd Award, Yamamoto Emerging Scholar award, and has been named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property. She is the founder of several civic engagement projects, a Fellow of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, Faculty Scholar of the Markkula Center for Ethics, and an advisor to ClearAccessIP, an AI-driven patent analytics and enterprise software firm. 

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AB, BS (Engineering) Stanford
Berkeley Law School

Areas of Expertise

Patent Law
Empirical Studies
Computational Policy
Criminal Justice Reform

The Technology, Business, Law, and Policy of AI