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. He focuses on patent infringement and trade secret litigation in federal courts. His experience spans a broad range of technologies including cellular and wireless devices and networks, computing and data networks, Internet and Web technology, software and business methods, semiconductors and electronics; and medical devices and instrumentation. Mr. Kennerly has significant experience leading teams in highly complex cases nationwide, particularly in prominent venues such as California, Delaware, and Texas, and has successfully defended dozens of cases throughout the Eastern District of 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 public and private companies on many aspects of IP protection, licensing, and dispute resolution. He has helped clients develop and enforce robust patent portfolios that protect substantial revenue streams and reduce exposure to IP claims.
Recent IP Litigation matters include:
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Selected Counseling and Transactional Matters
Selected Speeches and Presentations
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2019 Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars
June 24, 2019
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2019 IAM Patent 1000 as One of the Most Sophisticated Patent Litigation Practices
June 07, 2019
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2018 Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars
June 18, 2018
Paul Hastings Recognized in 2018 IAM Patent 1000 For Superb Track Record in Patent Litigation
June 15, 2018
Paul Hastings Intellectual Property Practice Continues Leadership in PTAB Filings
February 09, 2017
Paul Hastings IP Litigators Recognized By National Law Journal
December 08, 2016
Prominent Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Partner Joins Paul Hastings
May 28, 2013
Recognized as the 2019 Post-Grant Firm of the Year by IAM Magazine
Paul Hastings was recognized as the Post-Grant Firm of the Year at Intellectual Asset Management's inaugural Global IP Awards. The award recognizes the achievements of the firm's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Team, which practices before the US Patent & Trial Office. Over the past year, the team's accomplishments include numerous post-grant proceeding victories for technology and life sciences clients - four of which were affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
January 30, 2019
National Law Journal names Paul Hastings IP Partners as Winning Litigators, Trailblazers
In successive days, the National Law Journal honored members of Paul Hastings IP Litigation team with two nationwide recognitions. In the first recognition, NLJ named Yar Chaikovsky as named a Winning Litigator for his success representing the internet security company, Trend Micro, Inc in the US District Court of Delaware. In the second award, NLJ jointly named Chaikovsky, Blair Jacobs, and Chris Kennerly as Trailblazers in Litigation for their defense of AT&T against Cellular Communications Equipment LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Group. NLJ received hundreds of nominations for each of the annual series, which are among their most competitive.
December 06, 2016
Managing IP's 2015 IP Stars
Yar Chaikovsky, Gerald Flattmann, Blair Jacobs, Chris Kennerly, Naveen Modi, Joseph O'Malley, and Bruce Wexler were named 2015 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Nationwide, the firm's Intellectual Property practice was ranked in the Bio/Life Sciences, Copyright, and Patent Contentious categories. In New York, the firm was ranked Highly Recommended in the Patent Contentious category, and in California, the firm was ranked Recommended in the Copyright and Patent Contentious categories.
May 15, 2015
Daily Journal Recognizes Chris Kennerly and Yar Chaikovsky as Top IP Attorneys
Chris Kennerly and Yar
Chaikovsky were recognized by the Daily Journal in its 2015 Top
Intellectual Property lawyers list.
Managing IP's 2014 Intellectual Property Stars
Jeff Randall, Joseph O'Malley, Gerald Flattmann, Bruce Wexler, Melanie Rupert and Christopher Kennerly were named 2014 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Nationwide, the firm's Intellectual Property practice was
ranked in the Bio/Life Sciences, Copyright and Patent Contentious categories. In New York, the firm's IP practice was ranked
Highly Recommended in the Patent Contentious category and in California, the IP
practice was ranked Recommended in the Copyright and Patent Contentious