Alfonso Chan is a trial lawyer who focuses on litigating and licensing complex intellectual property cases on behalf of universities, research institutes, and technology companies. His matters are primarily focused on semiconductors and electronic technology-intensive matters, as well as biomaterials and medical devices. Alfonso represents plaintiffs and defendants in district courts nationwide and before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is also registered to practice before the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and has experience in inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). His international practice includes handling matters in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Europe.

Alfonso served as an adjunct professor of International Comparative Law at Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Alfonso was an officer in the United States Navy and nuclear propulsion engineer at Naval Reactors Headquarters.


Rankings & Honors

  • Ranked among the top 250 Attorneys representing patent owners by Patexia's Intelligence Report (2023)
  • Named among the World's Leading IP Strategist in the 2023 edition of IAM 300
  • Named by his peers to the list of Super Lawyers 2010 - present


Community & Professional Activities

Professional Engineer, State of Texas

Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia

Recipient, Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarship

Technology Editor, SMU Law Review Association

Member, Order of the Coif

Director, SMU Law Moot Court Board

Recipient, U.S. Naval ROTC Scholarship

Member and Former President, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, New York Gamma

Member, Alpha Sigma Mu Engineering Honor Society

Member, White Key Society

Member, Executive Council of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Member, Order of Malta

Member, Order of the Holy Sepulchre

Member, Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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J.D., magna cum laude, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, 1999

M. Eng., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, 1994

Graduate Certificate, Nuclear Engineering, Bettis Reactor Engineering School, 1992

B.S, cum laude, Materials Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1991

Court Admissions

  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • The Supreme Court of Texas
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Sourthern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
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