Chris has been litigating patents and technology cases since the start of the first dot.com boom in the late 1990s. His experience spans cellular communications, microchips, HD video compression, high-temperature superconductors, bio-pharmaceuticals, and even an early patent for online pizza-ordering.

He has led both large and small litigation teams and has substantial first-chair experience, including arguing Markman hearings, arguing summary judgment hearings, taking and defending key technical and patent law expert depositions, and arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In addition to his deep litigation experience, Chris is an accomplished scholar. He holds a doctorate in law from Oxford University and has held visiting faculty positions at UC Hastings, Berkeley Law, Stanford Law School and Oxford University. In 2011, the Federal Circuit's en banc majority in Therasense v. Becton
Dickinson cited Chris' scholarship on the inequitable conduct defense in patent litigation. In February 2013, Chris squared off against rockstar Stanford Law
Professor, Mark Lemley, in an Oxford-style debate on patent reform.

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. Chris has practiced for more than 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area with several nationally-known law firms.

Chris serves on the Advisory Board for the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and is a faculty member of UC Hastings' Innovation Law Institute.
Before entering practice, Chris clerked for the Honorable Robert R. Beezer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Publications and Presentations

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Thomson Reuters Thought Leadership Series: Artificial Intelligence in Practice, Panelist, International Legal Technology Association, Aug. 2017
  • Preservation of Mobile and Social Media in e-Discovery, Panelist, 32nd Global IP Confab, Feb. 2017

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, Federal Circuit Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Oxford Entrepreneurs of the Bay Area, Co-founder
  • Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, Advisory Board Member
  • 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
     

Honors and Awards

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

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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

  • DPhil in Law, 2001, University of Oxford
  • J.D., 1993, Cornell Law School
    • magna cum laude
  • B.A., 1990, Trinity University, Philosophy 
    • magna cum laude
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