Christopher Hughes is the head of Cadwalader's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Chris has more than 35 years of experience in complex patent, trade secret, and trademark trials and litigation, as well as licensing, intellectual property counseling and IP due diligence in corporate transactions, bankruptcies, etc. Drawing on his extensive litigation experience and (early-career) experience of preparing and prosecuting patent applications, Chris also provides strategic counseling for clients on key patent acquisition efforts. His experience spans myriad industries, including computer hardware and software, semiconductors, consumer products and industrial equipment, e-commerce and financial services matters, and a variety of sophisticated medical devices as well as alternative energy technology such as wind turbine systems. Chris has also spear-headed efforts by luxury goods and consumer products companies to protect and enforce their valuable trademarks and trade-dress rights through anti-counterfeiting and infringement actions in courts and before U.S. Customs.
Chris has represented major clients in patent litigation and trials in Federal District Courts, in the ITC and in Arbitrations before WIPO as well as trade secret enforcement actions in state and federal court. For example, he has represented IBM in patent litigations in several U.S. district courts and in the ITC on a variety of computer software and hardware technologies. He also represented Priceline.com in litigation involving the famous "Priceline Patent" and has handled patent infringement actions regarding cardiovascular stent technologies on behalf of Medinol Ltd. and on orthopedic implants for Stryker/Osteonics. He has been appointed the Federal District Court Special Master for the purpose of assisting with complex discovery issues and motions in limine in computer technologies and has been serving on the District of Delaware IP Law Advisory Committee.
Chris' international experience includes coordinating patent infringement trials and hearings throughout Europe (including trials seeking preliminary relief and cross-border injunctions), as well as nullity, cancellation, and opposition proceedings on important patent rights in European courts and the EPO. In these matters, he has coordinated the corresponding activities in the U.S. with respect to the U.S. counterpart patent litigations.
Among other clients for which he has handled significant matters are AT&T Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, IBM Corporation, Lucent Technologies, Medinol, Ltd., Osteonics Corporation, Priceline.com Qualcomm, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stryker Corporation and Symbol Technologies, Inc.
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