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San Francisco, LawFuel – US Lawyer News – CA—Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates) welcomes Chris Chou to its intellectual property practice. Chou comes to the firm from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (TSMC).

Chris’ addition further develops K&L Gates San Francisco’s focus on providing and facilitating services between Chinese and U.S. markets.

Chou focuses his practice on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret counseling. His experience includes preparation of patent applications, patent portfolio management, patent prosecution, and patent infringement/validity analysis in the areas of electronics, microprocessor, computer software, computer system/architecture and semiconductor devices/fabrication technologies.

“Chris’ extensive connection with leading Asian businesses throughout the electronic and computer industry will enhance K&L Gates’ exposure in a region that is seeing a demand for deep intellectual property litigation experience,” said Michael J. Bettinger, who leads the firm’s patent and trade secret practice in San Francisco.

Kari Glover, K&L Gates’ Global Integration Partner, said: “Chris joins the firm at a time of significant change in the intellectual property landscape, from international intellectual property challenges in a global economy to an emerging trend of foreign-based companies filing patent suits on U.S. soil. His experience practicing IP law in both China and the United States well-positions him to counsel clients in this new era.”

K&L Gates comprises approximately 1,400 lawyers in 22 offices located in North America, Europe and Asia, and represents capital markets participants, entrepreneurs, growth and middle market companies, leading FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and public sector entities. For more information, visit

K&L Gates comprises multiple affiliated partnerships: a limited liability partnership with the full name Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP qualified in Delaware and maintaining offices throughout the U.S., in Berlin, and in Beijing (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP Beijing Representative Office); a limited liability partnership (also named Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP) incorporated in England and maintaining our London office; a Taiwan general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis) which practices from our Taipei office; and a Hong Kong general partnership (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, Solicitors) which practices from our Hong Kong office. K&L Gates maintains appropriate registrations in the jurisdictions in which its offices are located. A list of the partners in each entity is available for inspection at any K&L Gates office.

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