Chris has more than 20 years of experience guiding Silicon Valley and global tech and life sciences clients in high-stakes patent and intellectual property litigation. He has substantial lead counsel experience and has led both large and small trial teams. He has also served as lead counsel on appeals before the Ninth and Federal Circuits. Chris is an accomplished scholar, with significant teaching and academic experience.

His clients include companies in the software, telecom, microelectronics and pharmaceutical/biotech/life sciences sectors.

Chris holds a doctorate in law from Oxford University, and has held visiting faculty positions at UC Hastings School of Law, Berkeley Law School, Stanford Law School and Oxford University. He clerked for Judge Robert Beezer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Drawing on his years of experience teaching civil procedure, evidence, e-discovery, and advanced patent law, Chris is a creative strategist. He has recently marked wins for clients on a variety of unconventional issues. Before joining Womble Bond Dickinson in 2019, Chris practiced in the Bay Area offices of several nationally-known law firms. He speaks and writes frequently on IP, litigation, and technology issues.

Publications and Presentations

  • Quoted in “We’ve Been Warned About AI and Music For Over 50 Years, But No One’s Prepared,” The Verge (April 17, 2019)
  • “Ethical Machines – Professional Knowledge and Ethics,” Panelist, Governing Machines – Berkeley Technology Law Journal Symposium (Apr. 5, 2019)
  • “The Ethics of AI and Machine Learning in Legal Practice,” Panelist, Bloomberg Law Webinar (April 1, 2019)
  • “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: How Should the Legal Industry Evolve?”
  • Cornell Law School panel discussion (Mar. 2019)
  • Quoted in “Big Data: Legal Firms Play ‘Moneyball’” The Financial Times (Feb. 6, 2019)
  • “Litigating intellectual property issues: The Impact of AI and Machine Learning,” Hogan Lovells Publications, Jan. 16, 2019
  • “Litigation Financing,” Panelist, Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute, Dec. 2018
  • “Legal Ethics and Artificial Intelligence,” Panelist, Pilot Legis Annual Conference (Nov. 2018)
  • “AI in Law Practice: Robot Lawyers and Legal Ethics,” Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (Oct. 2018)
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in the E.U. and U.S.,” Panelist, seminar in Amsterdam, Netherlands (May 2018)
  • "Robots Replacing Lawyers? Discussions of the Future of Lawyers,” Speaker, Global IP Confex, Feb. 2018
  • “Venue after the Supreme Court's TC Heartland Ruling," Panelist, Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute, Dec. 2017
  • Willem Hoyng, et al., eds, Global Patent Litigation: Strategy and Practice, author/editor, U.S. patent litigation chapter, Kluwer, 2017 and 2019
  • "Where did all the patent trolls go?" Daily Journal, Dec. 20, 2017
  • "International Trade Commission and the Defend Trade Secrets Act," Moderator, Managing Intellectual Property Trade Secrets Forum, Sept. 2017
  • “Artificial Intelligence & Ethics,” ILTACON, Aug. 14, 2017 (Podcast)
  • "Thomson Reuters Thought Leadership Series: Artificial Intelligence in Practice,” Panelist, International Legal Technology Association, Aug. 2017
  • "Update on Pleading Standards in Patent Cases," Westlaw Journal of Intellectual Property, July 5, 2017
  • "The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Law Practice," Legaltech News, Feb. 8, 2017 (co-author with Jason Lohr)
  • "Preservation of Mobile and Social Media in e-Discovery," Panelist, 32 nd Global IP Confab, Feb. 2017
  • "Internet of Things will provide the next wave of patent litigation," San Francisco Daily Journal (Oct. 5, 2016)
  • "Patent venue reform: whose move?" Intellectual Property Magazine, Sept. 2016 (co-author with Alali Dagogo-Jack)
  • "A state of flux: US law on patent infringement pleas," World Intellectual Property Review, Jan. 5, 2016)
  • Squared off against Stanford Law Professor Mark Lemley in an Oxford-style debate on Patent Reform, Feb. 2013.

Professional and Civic Activities

Professional Activities

  • Board member, Advisory Board for the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Trade Secrets Committee

Civic Activities

  • Oxford Entrepreneurs of the Bay Area, Co-founder
  • Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute, Steering Committee Member and Faculty, 2012-present
  • Pro bono legal services: California Lawyers for the Arts; FairVote; KIND (Kids in Need of Defense); and Project Homeless Connect
  • Berkeley High School Crew, Board Member, 2016-2017

Honors and Awards

Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation: Full Coverage, Legal 500 US, 2018

Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Nuance Communications v. Omilia Natural Language Solutions (D.Mass.). Represent Nuance in patent suit relating to complex interactive voice response (IVR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
  • Eloqui Voice Systems v. Nuance Communications (C.D. Cal.).  Represent Nuance in patent suit relating to voice user interfaces.
  • Palmer v. Nuance Communications (Mass. Superior Court).  Represent Nuance and related parties in employment and related trade secret misappropriation and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims.
  • Silbersher v. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (N.D. Cal.).  Represent Dr. Falk Pharma in qui tam action relating to pharmaceutical patents.
  • Nuance Communications v. Pindrop Security (E.D. Va.). Represented Nuance in breach of contract and copyright infringement suit related to voice biometric authentication technology.
  • Karp v. Imagetrust (C.D. Cal. and 9th Circuit).  Represented Imagetrust and related parties in copyright infringement dispute, winning dismissal of $290 million copyright infringement claim.
  • Rubicon Ventures v. Zongshen Inc. (D.Or. and 9th Circuit).  Represented Zongshen and related parties in commercial dispute, ultimately setting aside over $300 million in default judgments.
  • Richtek Technology Corp. v. uPI Semiconductor Corp. (N.D.Cal. and California Superior Court).  Represented uPI in patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation suits relating to power controller technology.  
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Bar admissions

1994, Washington

1997, California

2018, Oregon

Admitted to practice before:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • D.Phil. (Law), 2001, University of Oxford
  • J.D., 1993, Cornell Law School
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A. (Philosophy), 1990, Trinity University 
    • magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa
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