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Christopher Kao

Christopher Kao Partner, Intellectual Property


Chris Kao is a Co-Managing Partner of the Firm’s Taiwan office, Managing Partner of the Palo Alto office, and also resident in the San Francisco office. Chris focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets disputes, and other high-stakes commercial litigation. He has represented clients in the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, telecommunications, biotechnology, and consumer products industries in federal district courts throughout the country, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Chris also has experience litigating Covered Business Method and Inter Partes Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

Chris has tried numerous cases to verdict as the first-chair trial lawyer in both bench and jury trials, including a large commercial contract case that resulted in a directed verdict in favor of his client, the defendant. He has also been designated a Certified Information Privacy Professional / US by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 

高鼎祖律師為本所台北辦公室聯席管理合夥人及帕洛阿圖辦公室的管理合夥人,常駐舊金山辦公室。高律師專精於智慧財產權訴訟,包括專利、著作權、商標與營業秘密糾紛,以及其他重大的商業訴訟。高律師常代表電腦軟、硬體、半導體、電信、生物科技與消費性產品產業的客戶於美國全國聯邦地區法院、美國國際貿易委員會(International Trade Commission)以及美國聯邦巡迴上訴法院前進行訴訟。

高律師的經驗還包括在美國專利暨商標局的專利與審判上訴委員會就涉及涵蓋商業方法(Covered Business Method)和多方審查(Inter Partes Review)進行相關訴訟程序。

高律師亦有許多在法官獨立審判或陪審團審判的案件中擔任首席辯護律師的經驗,包括為一被告客戶贏得一件重大商業合約案件。下列為高律師擔任首席辯護律師(除非有特別註明排除者)的案件:

Experience Highlights

  • (Fed. Cir.); (N.D. Cal.)  — Counsel for an e-commerce company in a declaratory judgment action relating to Internet database patents; obtained summary judgment invalidating all four patents asserted against client; the judgment was affirmed by the Federal Circuit
  • (D. Del.) (PTAB) — Counsel for a social networking company in a patent infringement action relating to on-line marketplaces; obtained dismissal of litigation after successfully invalidating the asserted patent in a Covered Business Method review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Represented leading Internet companies in consolidated patent infringement actions related to distributed processing technology; obtained judgment on the pleadings invalidating all three asserted patents for claiming unpatentable subject matter
  • (D. Del.) — Counsel for leading technology companies in a patent infringement action relating to distributed file system technology
  • (D. Conn.) — Counsel for an enterprise software company in a patent infringement action relating to database access control technology
  • (C.D. Cal.) — Counsel for a television company in a patent infringement action relating to MPEG-2 technology
  • (C.D. Cal.) — Counsel for a television company in a patent infringement action relating to ATSC technology
  • (D. Nev.) — Counsel for a bicycle company in a patent infringement action relating to exercise equipment

Patent Litigation

  • (E.D.N.C.) — Counsel for an enterprise software company in a patent infringement action relating to metadata removal and document comparison technology
  • (M.D.N.C.) — Counsel for an enterprise software company in a patent infringement action relating to metadata removal technology
  • (D. Del.) — Counsel for a medical device company in a patent infringement action relating to dental drill assistance technology
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for technology companies in a patent infringement action relating to distributed file system technology
  • (D. Del.) — Counsel for a social networking company in a patent infringement action relating to search technology
  • (D. Del.) — Counsel for a camera manufacturer in a patent infringement action relating to graphical user interface technology
  • (S.D. Fla.) — Counsel for a television company in a patent infringement action relating to MPEG-2 technology
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for a Taiwanese technology company in a patent infringement action relating to optical disk drive technology
  • (D. Mass.) — Counsel for a Taiwanese electronics company in a patent infringement action relating to LED technology
  • (W.D.N.C.) — Counsel for an Internet company in a patent infringement action relating to mortgage lender database technology
  • (S.D. Fla.) — Counsel for a technology company in a patent infringement action relating to energy management technology
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Counsel for a leading defense contractor in a patent infringement action relating to synthetic materials used for ballistic protection
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for leading software companies in a patent infringement action relating to distributed file system technology
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for an Internet-streaming company in a patent infringement action relating to digital video recording and playback technology
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for an Internet storage company in a patent infringement action relating to remote data storage technology
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for an interactive television company in a patent infringement action relating to digital signal analysis
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for a Taiwanese computer company in a patent infringement action relating to computer security technology
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for an enterprise software company in a patent infringement action relating to network document management technology
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for an enterprise software company in a patent infringement action relating to word processing and filtering technology
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for an Internet company in a patent infringement action relating to Internet mapping patents
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for an Internet company in a patent infringement action relating to database technology
  • (D. Del.) — Counsel for an electronics retailer in a patent infringement action relating to wireless communications technology
  • (D. Del.) — Counsel for an Internet company in a patent infringement action relating to data analysis technology
  • (D. Del.) — Counsel for a financial payments company in a patent infringement action regarding data entry terminals and databases
  • (D. Del.) — Counsel for an Internet travel company in a patent infringement action relating to on-line database technology
  • (D. Del.) — Counsel for an Internet content company in a patent infringement action relating to on-line advertising technology
  • (N.D. Ill.) — Counsel for a national newspaper in a patent infringement action relating to on-line tearsheet and invoicing technology
  • (D. Ariz.) — Counsel for an advertising technology company in a declaratory judgment action relating to on-line tearsheet and invoicing technology
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Counsel for an advertising technology company in a declaratory judgment action relating to on-line tearsheet and invoicing technology
  • (E.D. Tex.) — Counsel for leading a software company in a patent infringement action concerning digital video recording technology (assisted)
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Counsel for a leading Japanese electronics manufacturer in a patent infringement action concerning hard disk drive technology (assisted)
  • (ITC) — Counsel for an Internet streaming company in a patent infringement action relating to electronic program guide technology (assisted)
  • (Fed. Cir.); (E.D. Va.) — Counsel for a smartphone manufacturer in a patent infringement action concerning the wireless communications system (assisted)

USPTO Proceedings

  • (PTAB) — Counsel for a social networking company in a Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding challenging a patent relating to on-line marketplaces; successfully obtained invalidation of the patent in a Final Written Determination
  • (E.D.N.C.); (D. Del.); (PTAB) — Represented an enterprise software company as defendant in a district court patent infringement action and in two inter partes review petitions relating to metadata removal and document comparison technology; following institution of the asserted patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the case settled favorably
  • (PTAB) — Counsel for software companies in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings challenging three patents relating to distributed computing
  • (PTAB) — Counsel for a medical device company in an IPR proceeding challenging patent relating to dental drill assistance technology

Trademark Litigation

  • (TTAB) — Counsel for an Internet storage company in trademark cancellation proceedings
  • (TTAB) — Counsel for a grocery store in trademark cancellation proceedings
  • (S.D. Cal.) — Counsel for a grocery store in a trademark infringement action
  • (C.D. Cal.) — Counsel for a grocery store in a trademark infringement action
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Counsel for a grocery store in a trademark infringement action

Copyright Litigation

  • (N.D. Cal.) — Counsel for an e-commerce company in a copyright infringement and website terms of use action concerning the unauthorized scraping and redistribution of on-line content (assisted)
  • (D. Utah) — Counsel for a leading technology company in a copyright infringement action concerning the UNIX System V operating system and the open source Linux operating system (assisted)

Trade Secrets Litigation

  • (D. Mass.) — Counsel for a music technology company in a trade secrets action concerning computer software for management and cloud storage of music files
  • (Cal. Super. Ct.) — Counsel for a financial company in a trade secrets action concerning theft of business and customer information (assisted)
  • (Cal. Super. Ct.) — Counsel for an individual in a trade secrets action concerning semiconductor technology (assisted)
  • (JAMS Arbitration) — Counsel for a pollution control technology company  and individual defendants in a trade secrets action concerning diesel emissions reduction technology (assisted)

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • (NY Sup. Ct.) — Counsel for a Taiwanese technology company in a breach of contract action concerning reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing of standards-essential patents
  • (Mich. Cir. Ct.) — Counsel for a Taiwanese solar company in a breach of contract action concerning polycrystalline silicon
  • (D. Mass.) — Counsel for a Korean governmental entity in a takings litigation brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
  • (D. Mass.) — Counsel for a Taiwanese technology company in a breach of contract, unjust enrichment and unfair competition action concerning interactive display advertisements
  • (Cal. Super. Ct.) — Counsel for an oil company in multiple actions concerning oil and gas leases; obtained directed verdict in favor of client at trial; affirmed on appeal

      (assisted)
    • (W.D. Pa.) — Counsel for a major accounting company in a professional liability litigation (assisted)
    • (D. Alaska) — Counsel for a telecommunications company in a litigation concerning environmental issues (assisted)
    • (Cal. Super. Ct.) — Counsel for recycling companies in a litigation against the California State Controller and Director of Finance to repay monies borrowed from the California Recycling Fund (assisted)
    • (Cal. Super. Ct.) — Counsel for a retailer in a consumer class action concerning the collection of taxes on certain medical products (assisted)

    經歷

    • (聯邦巡迴上訴法院);(美國加州北區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某電子商務公司的辯護律師,於一涉及網際網路資料庫專利的確認判決訴訟中成功地撤銷了對造對客戶主張的所有四項專利;聯邦巡迴法院亦對上訴維持原判
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某社群網路公司的辯護律師,進行關於線上市集的專利侵權訴訟;在專利審判暨上訴委員會(Patent Trial and Appeal Board)席前,成功地在涵蓋商業方法(Covered Business Method)複審中撤銷對造專利並使對造訴訟遭到駁回
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任多家先進科技公司的辯護律師,進行關於分散式檔案系統技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國康州聯邦地區法院)— 擔任一商業軟體公司的辯護律師,進行關於資料庫存取控制技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國加州北區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任多家先進網際網路公司的辯護律師,進行關於分散式處理技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國加州中區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某電視公司的辯護律師,進行關於 MPEG-2 技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國加州中區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某電視公司的辯護律師,進行關於 ATSC 技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國內華達聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某自行車公司的辯護律師,進行關於運動器材的專利侵權訴訟

    專利訴訟

    • (美國北卡東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某商業軟體公司的辯護律師,進行關於中繼資料移除與文件比較技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國北卡中區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某商業軟體公司的辯護律師,進行關於中繼資料移除技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某醫療器材公司的辯護律師,進行關於牙鑽輔助技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某科技公司的辯護律師,進行關於分散式檔案系統技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某社群網路公司的辯護律師,進行關於搜尋技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某相機製造商的辯護律師,進行關於圖形化使用者介面技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國佛州南區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某電視公司的辯護律師,進行關於 MPEG-2 技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任台灣某科技電腦公司的辯護律師,進行關於光碟機技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國麻州聯邦地區法院)— 擔任台灣某電子公司的辯護律師,進行關於 LED 技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國北卡西區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某網際網路公司的辯護律師,進行關於抵押貸方資料庫技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國佛州南區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某科技公司的辯護律師,進行關於能源管理技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國加州北區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某先進國防承包商的辯護律師,進行關於防彈專用合成材料的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任多家先進軟體公司的辯護律師,進行關於分散式檔案系統技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某網際串流媒體公司的辯護律師,進行關於數位影音錄製與播放技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某網際網路儲存公司的辯護律師,進行關於遠端資料儲存技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某互動電視公司的辯護律師,進行關於數位訊號分析的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任台灣某電腦公司的辯護律師,進行關於電腦安全性技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某商業軟體公司的辯護律師,進行關於網路文件管理技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某商業軟體公司的辯護律師,進行關於文字處理與篩選技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某網際網路公司的辯護律師,進行關於網際網路對應專利的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某網際網路公司的辯護律師,進行關於資料庫技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某電子產品零售商的辯護律師,進行關於無線通訊技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某網際網路公司的辯護律師,進行關於資料分析技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某金融支付公司的辯護律師,進行關於資料輸入終端機與資料庫的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某網際網路旅遊公司的辯護律師,進行關於線上資料庫技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國德拉瓦聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某網際網路內容公司的辯護律師,進行關於線上廣告技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國伊利諾北區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某全國性報社的辯護律師,進行關於線上樣張與發票開立技術的專利侵權訴訟
    • (美國亞利桑納聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某廣告科技公司的辯護律師就一關於線上樣張與發票開立技術提起確認判決之訴
    • (美國加州北區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某廣告科技公司的辯護律師就一關於線上樣張與發票開立技術提起確認判決之訴
    • (美國德州東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某先進軟體公司的辯護律師,進行關於數位影音錄製技術的專利侵權訴訟(助辯)
    • (美國加州北區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任日本某先進電子產品製造商的辯護律師,進行關於硬碟機技術的專利侵權訴訟(助辯)
    • (國際貿易委員會)— 擔任某網際網路串流公司的辯護律師,進行關於電子節目表技術的專利侵權訴訟(助辯)
    • (聯邦巡迴上訴法院);(美國維吉尼亞東區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某智慧型手機製造商的辯護律師,進行關於無線通訊系統的專利侵權訴訟(助辯)

    美國專利暨商標局(USPTO)程序

    • (專利審判暨上訴委員會)— 擔任某社群網路公司的辯護律師,在涵蓋商業方法(Covered Business Method, CBM)訴訟中,成功地挑戰一與線上市集相關之專利,專利審判暨上訴委員會以最終書面決定(Final Written Determination)撤銷該專利
    • (專利審判暨上訴委員會)— 擔任某企業軟體公司的辯護律師,在多方複審(Inter Partes Review, IPR)程序中就兩項與中繼資料移除技術相關的專利提出質疑
    • (專利審判暨上訴委員會)— 擔任某軟體公司的辯護律師,在多方複審程序中就三項與分散式運算相關的專利提出質疑
    • (專利審判暨上訴委員會)— 擔任某醫療器材公司的辯護律師,在多方複審程序中就與牙鑽輔助技術相關的某項專利提出質疑

    商標訴訟

    • (商標審判暨上訴委員會)— 擔任某網際網路儲存公司的辯護律師進行商標撤銷訴訟
    • (商標審判暨上訴委員會)— 擔任某食品雜貨商店的辯護律師進行商標撤銷訴訟
    • (美國加州南區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某食品雜貨商店的辯護律師進行商標侵權訴訟
    • (美國加州中區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某食品雜貨商店的辯護律師進行商標侵權訴訟
    • (美國加州北區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某食品雜貨商店的辯護律師進行商標侵權訴訟

    著作權訴訟

    • (美國加州北區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某電子商務公司的辯護律師,進行關於未授權進行線上內容之資料剪輯與重新發佈的著作權侵權與網站使用條款訴訟(助辯)
    • (美國猶他聯邦地區法院)— 擔任頂尖科技公司的辯護律師,進行關於 UNIX System V 作業系統與開放式原始碼 Linux 作業系統的著作權侵權訴訟(助辯)

    營業秘密訴訟

    • (美國麻州聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某音樂科技公司的辯護律師,進行關於音樂檔案管理與雲端儲存之電腦軟體的營業秘密訴訟
    • (加州高等法院)— 擔任某金融公司的辯護律師,進行關於竊取商業與客戶資訊的營業秘密訴訟(助辯)
    • (加州高等法院)— 擔任某個人的辯護律師,進行關於半導體技術的營業秘密訴訟(助辯)
    • (司法仲裁與調解服務中心仲裁)— 擔任某污染防制技術公司及個人被告的辯護律師,進行關於柴油排放減量技術的營業秘密訴訟(助辯)

    複雜商業訴訟

    • (紐約最高法院)— 擔任台灣某科技公司的辯護律師,進行關於標準必要專利之合理與非歧視授權的違約訴訟
    • (密西根州巡迴法院)— 擔任台灣某太陽能公司的辯護律師,進行一涉及多晶矽和約的違約訴訟
    • (美國麻州聯邦地區法院)— 擔任韓國政府機構的辯護律師,進行因外國主權豁免法(Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act)所提之關於徵收的訴訟
    • (美國麻州聯邦地區法院)— 擔任台灣某科技公司的辯護律師,進行關於互動式展示廣告的違約、不當得利與不公平競爭的訴訟
    • (加州高等法院)— 擔任某石油公司的辯護律師,進行關於石油與天然氣租賃的等多項請求;在審判中獲得有利於客戶的裁定;該裁定並經上訴審確認(助辯)
    • (美國賓州西區聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某大型會計公司的辯護律師,進行業務責任訴訟(助辯)
    • (美國阿拉斯加聯邦地區法院)— 擔任某電信公司的辯護律師,進行關於環境問題的訴訟(助辯)
    • (加州高等法院)— 擔任環保回收公司的辯護律師,請求對加州審計長與金融管理局局長償還向加州環保回收基金(California Recycling Fund)之借款(助辯)
    • (加州高等法院)— 擔任某零售商的辯護律師,進行關於醫療產品之稅務相關問題的消費者集體訴訟(助辯)

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    Chris' Practices

    • Harvard Law School, J.D. with honors, 1999 (President, Harvard Journal on Legislation)
    • Dartmouth College, B.A., Government and History magna cum laude, 1996 (Phi Beta Kappa)
    • Admitted to practice: California;  New York; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
    • Registered Foreign Attorney in Taiwan (Member of Taipei Bar Association)
    • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Carol B. Amon, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2000–2001
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2018
    • Selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016 and 2017
    • Selected to the Northern California Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2009, 2010, and 2012—2015
    • Member: American Bar Association
    • Member: California Life Sciences Association  
    • Member: San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
    • Member: William A. Ingram Inn of Court (Santa Clara County)
    • Member: Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
    • Board Member: Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
    • Member: National Asian Pacific American Bar Association