About Us

Principles & Values

Our core values – Honesty.  Integrity.  Deliver beyond our clients’ expectations.

The Firm has an enviable 20-year track record in counseling its clients to: obtaining thousands of award-winning, high quality patents, with always on-time delivery, at costs that meet our clients’ budget.

How We Are Different

Our hard work and Innovative processes and systems provide:  Stability, Consistency, with High Efficiency.   Since 1998, Fortune Global 50 clients return to us, year after year, because we deliver beyond their expectations.

Global Coverage

Our partner firms in Asia and network of foreign associates stand ready to serve our clients intellectual property needs in all corners of the world.

Who We Are and How We Work

Each attorney at F. Chau & Associates is also a technology specialist, with advanced degrees in Engineering or Science. The Firm’s patent services have concentrated in the technical fields of semiconductors, software-based technologies, liquid crystal displays, Oled displays, telecommunications, multimedia, mechanical, and . Our clients have relied on us to provide counseling on the most technically complex matters.

We employ cutting edge, proprietary software and processes in case management, patent application preparation, and error checking to produce high quality cases with turn-around time that are second to none.


Our History

F. Chau & Associates was special counsel retained by a Fortune Global 50 company in Asia to represent it to be recognized as a Licensor in the MPEG II video compression standard (MPEG LA) license pool.

F. Chau & Associates is the counsel of record on U.S. Letters Patent No. 6,423,583 issued to IBM. This patent is recognized as a pioneering patent in the field of Nanotechnology and has been cited or referenced by over 50 patents and patent applications. The technical advance of this technology and the inventors were featured on the front page of the New York Times (4/27/01).

Frank Chau was instrumental in obtaining issuance of U.S. Patent No. 4,980,806. The patent covers a computerized lighting system. An Emmy Award was granted to the designers of the lighting system for excellence in engineering and contribution to the television art.






Frank Chau



Richard D. Ratchford, Jr.



Joseph B. Gross