San Francisco, California 94105
Chris is an intellectual property litigator. She has tried patent cases in the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the International Trade Commission. Chris’ patent litigation experience includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving both design and utility patents. Her patent cases have involved multiple products and designs, including 802.11 Wi-Fi technology, Power over Ethernet technology, LED technology, and printer cartridges.
Chris has substantial experience litigating standardized technologies, including in recent nationally-reported trials. These matters have involved numerous parties and complicated technical and damages issues. Of note, Chris represented a semiconductor manufacturer in Realtek Semiconductor Corporation v. LSI Corporation, et al., which resulted in the first California jury verdict to set a reasonable and nondiscriminatory (“RAND”) royalty rate for declared standard essential patents.
While her practice focuses on patent litigation, Chris also handles trade secret, unfair competition, trademark, copyright, and complex commercial disputes. Chris’ trial experience includes not only patent cases, but also breach of contract, fraud, and even criminal prosecution matters.
|Areas of Practice||1) Intellectual Property, 2) Copyright Litigation, 3) Patent Litigation, 4) Trademark Litigation, 5) Advertising, 6) Technology & Media and 7) Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants|
|Law School||Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1993|
|Education||University of California, Davis, B.S., 1986|
|Bar Member / Association||California State Bar Association|
|Most recent firm||Reed Smith LLP|
Benjamin P. Smith is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. He is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on high-stakes disputes in the biotechnology, medical device, and internet industries.