J.D. Stanford Law School (1992)
B.S.E.E. Cornell University (1989)
Bar and Other Memberships
State Bar of California
U.S. Supreme Court
Federal and Ninth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
American Bar Association
Federal Circuit Bar Association
(serving on the pro bono and amicus committees)
Frederick Hadidi, Founding Partner
As an IP lawyer with decades of litigation, deal work, and prosecution experience, I help technology companies resolve complex patent problems. I represent clients in licensing negotiations, and have written hundreds of opinion letters on patented technologies ranging from paving machines to Wi-Fi.
Throughout my years of practice, I’ve seen IP lawyers elevate substance over form when drafting patent opinion letters, license agreements, and patent applications. These valuable documents deserve meticulous attention to detail; but what good is technical accuracy if a text is too difficult for a client—or a jury—to understand?
Trial attorneys have always known that placing facts in context and crafting coherent (and true) narratives—storytelling—is an essential persuasive tool; in my view, this approach is equally valuable when building the record needed to win your case.
My interest in history, technology, and storytelling began during a school trip to the National Air and Space Museum—which I would later visit (along with other Smithsonian museums) dozens of times. This ultimately led me to Cornell, where I took as many history courses as I could while majoring in engineering. I had originally planned to work as an electrical engineer, but decided to go to law school when two of my professors encouraged me to apply.
After graduating from Stanford Law School, I spent years litigating IP cases, drafting patent opinion letters, working on deals, and prosecuting patents at three large law firms: Heller, Ehrman; Pennie & Edmunds; and Skadden, Arps. More than 15 years ago, I founded the group that would later become Chao Hadidi Stark & Barker LLP.