Christopher P. Silva: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Christopher P. Silva

ESI Counsel
Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Complex Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
University Boston University, B.S.B.A., 1995
Law SchoolSuffolk University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1999
AdmittedMassachusetts; Maine; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Maine; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
BornSomerville, Massachusetts

In his ten years as an attorney with the Firm, Chris has represented clients in matters ranging from simple debt collection and defamation claims to complex commercial disputes and multimillion-dollar Hatch Waxman litigations. He has represented clients in trials before state courts in Massachusetts and Maine, in federal courts including those in New York, Connecticut, and Texas, and in multiple private mediations and arbitrations.

Over the course of his practice, Chris has developed an expertise in the complicated and ubiquitous area of electronic discovery and currently serves as Edwards Wildman's ESI Counsel. He has managed the discovery phase of several large-scale patent litigations, each of which involved sophisticated technology, international document collection, and multilingual document processing. Chris consults regularly on the topic of electronic discovery and has trained colleagues, clients, and other practitioners on related subjects.

Most recently, Chris has focused his efforts on intellectual property litigation while also maintaining an active docket of commercial cases. He particularly relishes the opportunities that IP litigation affords him to gain in-depth knowledge about various and diverse scientific fields and technologies.
•Chris was a member of two trial teams that successfully represented major international branded pharmaceutical companies in Hatch Waxman patent infringement actions. See, e.g., Mitsubishi Chem. Co. v. Barr Labs., Inc., 718 F. Supp. 2d 382 (S.D.N.Y. 2010); Takeda Chem. Indus., Ltd. v. Mylan Labs. Inc., 417 F. Supp. 2d 341 (S.D.N.Y. 2006).

•After winning a major Hatch Waxman case on the merits, the Firm persuaded the court to award attorneys' fees to its pharmaceutical company client. Takeda Chem. Indus., Ltd. v. Mylan Labs. Inc., 459 F. Supp. 2d 227 (S.D.N.Y. 2006); 2007 WL 840368 (S.D.N.Y.).

•Chris was a member of the team that litigated a patent infringement action for a major electronics company before the Eastern District of Texas. He also managed the discovery phase of the case which involved 29 patents and extensive e-discovery of Japanese language documents. The case ultimately settled on favorable terms in August 2007. Sharp v. Xerox, Case No. 02-06CV-187.

•He advised a technology consulting firm on how best to pursue related copyright and breach of contract claims against two affiliated companies to maximize the client's chances of collecting outstanding consulting fees.

•On behalf of a credit card company, he disputed claims of infringement stemming from the consumers' use of personal computer peripherals in conjunction with smart credit cards.

•Chris sought damages for the holder of an excavation device patent against its licensee for breach of their licensing agreement.

•He advised a financial institution when claims of infringement of a process patent were brought against them surrounding the use of voice response unit technologies.

•A private investment company turned to Chris to handle a lease dispute concerning a cogeneration facility.

•Chris represented an international manufacturer of induction heating equipment against breach of contract and breach of warranty claims brought by the manufacturer of galvanized wire and wire mesh.

•He favorably resolved breach of contract claims against a nationally-known money transfer company stemming from the client's termination of an agreement with an Application Programming Interface developer.

•He defended a national shipping client against claims of breach of contract and unfair competition.

•In a two-week arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, Chris arbitrated on behalf of a wireless telecommunications company concerning the reseller's use of their company network.

Before Edwards Wildman

Before joining the Firm, Chris worked in the newspaper and software licensing industries. In law school, he won Jurisprudence Awards for obtaining the highest grade in his class in Civil Procedure and Basic Income Tax. Chris was also a member of the Suffolk University Law Review and a member of the school's Tax Team which won the Best Brief Award at the 1999 National Tax Moot Court Competition.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Chris enjoys training for and participating in road races and triathlons. In addition, Chris likes to take in the outdoors at a leisurely pace while hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing with his wife and two children.

Year in Review: Lessons Learned from the Top ESI-Related Cases of 2007 Webinar
January 29, 2008 event

Attorney's Fees Granted in Takeda Pharmaceutical's Patent Case on ACTOS
September 20, 2006

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Christopher P. Silva

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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