Menu
Back To Search

Chris Kennerly

Partner, Litigation Department
T 1(650) 320-1808
F 1(650) 320-1908
Chris Kennerly is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings, and is Chair of the Litigation Department in its Palo Alto office. Mr. Kennerly focuses on patent infringement and trade secret litigation in federal and state courts. His experience spans a broad range of industries and technologies including cellular and wireless devices and networks; computing and data networks; Internet and Web technology; semiconductors and electronics; software; and medical devices and instrumentation.

Mr. Kennerly has significant experience leading teams in high-profile cases nationwide, particularly in prominent venues such as California, Delaware, and Texas. He typically “quarterbacks” cases from filing through resolution, and is familiar in the “first chair” role in both the courtroom and other settings. He has frequently handled parallel inter partes review (IPR) and similar proceedings, including oral argument before the PTAB.

Mr. Kennerly has also counseled established public companies, small start-up companies and individuals on numerous aspects of IP protection, licensing, risk analysis and dispute resolution. He has helped clients develop and enforce robust patent portfolios that protect substantial revenue streams, reduce exposure to IP claims and provide other sources of value.

Experience

Selected IP Litigation Matters 

  • Advanced Neuromodulation Systems (E.D. Tex.): Pursued patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation case involving implantable spinal cord stimulation technology; resolved shortly before trial. 
  • Alcatel (Dallas County, Tex.): Pursued trade secret litigation involving Intelligent Network switching, service creation and management and data communications; resolved during trial. 
  • AT&T (E.D. Tex.): Defended patent case directed to LTE uplink technology; won motion to sever and stay shortly before trial. 
  • AT&T (D. Del.): Defended patent case directed to MMS messaging; resolved in connection with summary judgment of invalidity based on Section 101. 
  • AT&T (N.D. Tex.): Defended patent infringement case involving videoconferencing technology; obtained dismissal with prejudice, and an award of attorneys’ fees. 
  • AT&T (D. Del.): Defended patent case involving database replication technology. 
  • AT&T (S.D. Cal.): Defended patent infringement claims directed to digital speech encoding technology. 
  • AT&T (D. Del.): Defended patent case involving Internet access technology. 
  • AT&T (C.D. Cal.): Defended patent infringement claims directed to digital video encoding technology. 
  • AT&T (N.D. Cal.): Defended patent case directed to IP-based video conferencing solutions; resolved after Markman ruling. 
  • AT&T (D. Del.): Defended patent infringement claims involving xDSL technology. 
  • AT&T (E.D. Tex.): Defended patent case involving packet switching, routing and fiber optic technologies; resolved after Markman ruling. 
  • AT&T (E.D. Tex.): Defended multi-patent litigation involving digital video recorder (DVR) software; resolved shortly before trial. 
  • AT&T (C.D. Cal.): Defended patent claims directed to privacy controls for navigation and other location-based services (LBS). 
  • AT&T (D. Del.): Defended multi-patent case directed to SMS and MMS messaging, 802.11 and Wi-Fi, and various other wireless communications technologies. 
  • AT&T (D. Md.): Defended patent litigation involving SMS text messaging; obtained summary judgment of non-infringement, which was affirmed on appeal. 
  • AT&T (N.D. Tex.): Pursued patent infringement case involving vehicular telematics technology. 
  • AT&T (E.D. Tex.): Defended multiple patent cases directed to E-911, navigation and other location-based services (LBS). 
  • AT&T Mobility (E.D. Va.): Defended patent infringement claims directed to wireless email services. 
  • AT&T (W.D. Wa.): Defended patent infringement case involving vehicular telematics technology. 
  • eSpeed (N.D. Tex.): Patent infringement claims against commodities and options exchanges involving automated futures trading technology; resolved shortly before trial. 
  • Ericsson, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile, etc. (E.D. Tex.): Defended patent infringement claims involving Intelligent Network prepaid wireless systems; resolved shortly before trial. 
  • Idearc (E.D. Tex.): Defended patent case involving relational database and search engine technology; resolved after Markman ruling. 
  • Defended allegations of trade secret misappropriation against foreign manufacturers in multiple jurisdictions. 
  • Novatel Wireless (D. Del.): Defended patent case involving machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless technology; dismissed with prejudice shortly before trial based on successful Daubert motion. 
  • Major Smartphone and Tablet Computer Manufacturer: Defended multiple patent cases in the E.D. Tex., S.D. Cal., and other venues directed to LTE uplink, power management, WLAN, and other technologies. 
  • OpinionLab (N.D. Ill.): Multiple offensive and defensive patent infringement actions involving web page feedback solutions. 
  • Verizon (E.D. Tex.): Defended patent infringement case involving Internet access technologies; resolved after Markman ruling. 
  • Verizon (N.D. Tex.): Defended patent infringement claims involving VoIP services. 
  • Verizon (E.D. Tex.): Defended patent case involving prepaid calling cards and point-of-sale activation technology; resolved during trial. 
  • Verizon Wireless (E.D. Tex.): Defended patent claims directed to enhanced mobile telecommunications services. 
  • Defended numerous other patent infringement cases in California, Delaware, Texas, Virginia, and other venues.

Selected Counseling and Transactional Matters 

  • Advanced Neuromodulation Systems: Patent prosecution, legal opinions and counseling related to neurostimulation systems; worked to protect IP developed through university and institutional research; facilitated IP due diligence for $1.3 billion acquisition. 
  • i2 Technologies: Developed and managed worldwide patent portfolio directed to supply-chain planning and business-to-business (B2B) collaboration software and business methods; successfully resolved patent, trademark and other IP disputes; provided comprehensive IP counseling. 
  • Liberty Media: Managed IP-related due diligence for $7.9 billion acquisition. 
  • OpinionLab: Worked with a successful start-up company to develop, license and enforce a patent portfolio directed to web page feedback software; handled patent, trademark and other IP disputes; provided comprehensive IP counseling. 
  • Dr. W. Keith Thornton: Worked with individual inventor to develop and license his worldwide patent portfolio on oral appliances to treat sleep disorders; successfully resolved numerous patent, trademark and other IP disputes. 
  • Tyco Healthcare: Conducted IP investigations and IP due diligence reviews for potential acquisitions.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Named a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2015 and 2016 
  • Repeatedly named one of the “Top 75 Litigators” and “Top IP Litigators” in California, by Daily Journal 
  • Repeatedly named a “Rising Star” in Texas and Northern California in IP Litigation by Law & Politics
  • Repeatedly named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by D Magazine 
  • Repeatedly named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property

Speaking Engagements and Publications

Selected Publications 

  • “The New Patent Joinder Rules,” California Lawyer, September 2012
  • “A Trip Through the Patent Funhouse: Identifying and Resolving Complex Legal and Business Issues,” Inside the Minds: Developing a Patent Strategy, Aspatore Books, 2005

Selected Speeches and Presentations 

  • Panelist and Moderator, Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference, Dallas, 2014 and 2016
  • “NPE Litigation – Defense Strategies,” American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Webinar, Palo Alto, 2013 
  • “Extraterritorial Patent Enforcement Under Section 271(f),” Advanced Patent Law Institute, Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and The University of Texas School of Law, San Jose, 2007 
  • “Avoiding Potholes on the Road to Exclusivity,” American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), PPPT_Workshop, Washington, D.C., 2004–2006 
  • “Pre-Filing Patentability Searches: Why, How, and What Then?” American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Spring Meeting, Dallas, 2004 
  • Panel Moderator, “Commercialization of IP Developed Through University Research,” Southwest Bio, Venture Capital Conference, Houston, 2003 
  • “Intellectual Property Fundamentals: What Every Innovator Should Know,” DeVry University, Dallas, 2002 
  • Various CLE presentations to in-house legal departments and public audiences on claim construction, divided infringement, indirect infringement, PTAB proceedings, cloud computing, and other topics

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Admitted to the State Bars of California and Texas 
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California 
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas 
  • Past chairman, Dallas Bar Association, Computer Law Section 
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation 
  • AIPLA, Patent Litigation Committee member, past Co-chair of Subcommittee on Expert Issues, past Subcommittee on Damages Issues member, Trade Secrets Committee member 
  • Past president, Dallas-Fort Worth Intellectual Property Law Association 
  • IEEE member 
  • Past member, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Technology Business Council, Life Sciences Leadership Committee, Communications Campaign Committee, Economic Development Council

 

Education

  • The University of Texas at Dallas, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, 2001 
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor of the SMU Law Review), 1995 
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.S. in Bioengineering,1992