Chris has extensive experience representing clients in patent disputes related to highly technical and complex technology. Chris has served as trial counsel in numerous patent infringement lawsuits in various jurisdictions, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, the Northern District of California, the United States International Trade Commission, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Chris has served as first chair trial counsel in two major patent infringement cases tried to a jury. In addition to having first chair experience, Chris has been involved in all phases of patent litigation, including initial case assessment, discovery, and arguing claim construction and dispositive motions. Chris’ litigation experience has covered a wide array of technologies, including:
- Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
- cloud computing
- video graphics
- wireless networking
- fixed rotary drill bits
- reflective insulation
Chris also has experience representing clients in Texas trade secret cases and has assisted in seeking temporary restraining orders and in resolving cases through mediation.
In addition to litigation matters, Chris has extensive experience in patent counseling and prosecution, including prosecution of international patent applications through the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Representative technologies include:
- computer architecture and systems
- wireless technologies
- computer networks
- semiconductor manufacturing processes
- video display systems
- real-time data solutions
- measurement-while-drilling (MWD) solutions
- mechanical devices
Chris also advises clients on intellectual property acquisition, divestiture, licensing, and enforcement issues.
B.S.E.E., magna cum laude, Texas A&M University
J.D., cum laude, University of Houston Law Center
MBA, University of Houston
Basic Mediation Training, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, University of Houston Law Center
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
United States Patent and Trademark Office
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Over the past 15 years, Chris has successfully represented clients on both sides of the patent litigation docket. Representative cases include:
- Chrimar Systems, Inc., et al. v. Alcatel-Lucent, Inc., et al., Case No. 6:15-cv-00163 (E.D. Tex.) – On behalf of defendant ALE USA Inc. in a patent infringement case involving Power-over-Ethernet technology, obtained judgment as a matter of law that there was no willful infringement and a jury verdict favorable on damages.
- Chrimar Systems, Inc., et al. v. Alcatel-Lucent, Inc., et al., Case No. 6:13-cv-00880 (E.D. Tex.) – On behalf of defendants in a first patent infringement lawsuit between the parties involving Power over Ethernet technology, obtained a dismissal with prejudice after significantly narrowing the scope of accused products.
- Promethean Insulation Technology LLC v. Sealed Air Corporation, et al., Case No. 2:13-cv-1113 (E.D. Tex) – Represented plaintiff in a patent infringement lawsuit involving reflective insulation technology. The case was favorably settled after trial.
- U.S. Ethernet Innovations, LLC v. Acer, Inc., et al., Case No. 4:10-cv-03724 (N.D. Cal.) – Patent infringement lawsuit involving Ethernet technology. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling.
- In the matter of Certain Devices With Secure Communications Capabilities, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-858 – Represented respondent in a patent infringement investigation involving secure communication networks. Investigation was dismissed after claim construction hearing.
- In the Matter of Certain Devices with Secure Communication Capabilities, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-818 (2011-2012) – Represented respondent in a first patent infringement investigation involving secure communication networks. Case was successfully terminated for lack of standing.
- ReedHycalog UK, Ltd., et al. v. Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations. Inc., et al., Case No. 6:06-cv-222 (E.D. Tex.) – Represented plaintiff and counter-defendant, ReedHycalog, in a patent infringement lawsuit involving fixed rotary drill bit technology. The case was favorably settled.
- Zoltar Satellite Alarm Systems, Inc. v. LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, et al., No. 5:06-cv-00044 (N.D. Cal.) – Represented inventor’s company in a patent infringement lawsuit involving GPS technology in mobile telephones. The case was favorably settled.
Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2012
Hot Topics in IP Litigation: Litigating Patent Venue post-TC Heartland and Negotiating Licenses post-Impression Products, October 10, 2017 Jackson Walker
Business Method Patents – An Overview of Selected Topics, July 12, 2004 Vinson & Elkins
Sovereign Immunity as a Defense to Intellectual Property Infringement, Feb. 10, 2003 Vinson & Elkins
- Eastern District of Texas Bar Association
- Houston Intellectual Property Law Association