Charlin Lu

Charlin Lu

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Covington & Burling LLP
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Redwood Shores, CA 94065-1418
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  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2009
    • with distinction
  • Yale University, B.S., 2004
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Computer Science

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Randall R. Rader, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2011-2012
  • Hon. Ronald M. Whyte, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2009-2010

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Mandarin

Charlin Lu is a litigation associate in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.  Her practice focuses on IP litigation.  After law school, she clerked for Judge Ronald M. Whyte in the Northern District of California and for Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the Federal Circuit.  Prior to entering the legal profession, she was an analyst at a finance and economics consulting firm.

Representative Matters

  • Represented major smartphone manufacturer in patent infringement and breach of contract actions involving declared standard essential patents and FRAND issues.  Successfully excluded the testimony of the opposing side’s damages expert and achieved summary judgment of no damages and dismissal with prejudice of all asserted patent claims.
  • Drafted white paper for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce regarding trade secret protection, including an overview of trade secret legal regimes across the globe.
  • Represented Altera in a patent infringement action in the District of Delaware involving Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chips. Reached a settlement early in the case.
  • Represented Texas Instruments in a patent infringement action in the District of Delaware involving systems-on-a-chip. Won summary judgment of non-infringement on the majority of claims and a stipulation of non-infringement under the court’s claim construction for the remaining claims.

Previous Experience

  • Cornerstone Research, Analyst (2004-2006)

Honors and Rankings

  • Northern California Rising Stars, Intellectual Property Litigation (2013-2014)

Pro Bono

  • Represented individuals before the Court of Appeal for the State of California, appealing the grant of attorneys’ fees for bringing non-frivolous constitutional claims.  Achieved a favorable settlement.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • Bay Area Intellectual Property Inns of Court
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