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Kristoffer Leftwich

Partner


  • Best Lawyers by Woodward White, Inc.

    2017-2019

    Litigation-Intellectual Property
    Litigation-Patent
  • Super Lawyers of Thomson Reuters Service

    Rising Star
    2018

Kris Leftwich is an experienced technology lawyer representing clients involved in intellectual property litigation and technology transactions. Kris represents clients commercializing technology, software, and data through a wide variety of transactions – including licensing, IT outsourcing, joint development, and vendor service agreements – and in dispute resolution touching all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets.

Prior to joining Chen Malin LLP, Kris practiced as a partner and intellectual property litigator at a major international law firm. In that position, Kris was selected by clients and co-counsel for leading roles in high-stakes patent litigations involving cutting-edge technology and emerging legal theories. For example, more than a dozen, independently represented companies selected Kris to represent the entire group at oral argument at the court’s patent claim construction hearing. In another example, Kris successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of his client on legal theories previously presented by a co-defendant and rejected by the court. Kris persuaded the court to change its opinion and adopt his analysis to issue a judgment dismissing Kris’s client from the case. While representing a defendant in a jury trial, Kris cross-examined the inventor of optical telecommunication technology and presented jury arguments using the inventor’s admissions to differentiate his client’s equipment from the patented technology. The jury returned a no-liability verdict of noninfringement in favor of Kris’s client.

Kris now leverages his years of litigation experience to help companies commercialize, defend, and enforce their intellectual property. He guides clients through complex transactions and business deals involving the development, acquisition, and licensing of software, data, information, and technology. In a recent example, Kris helped a client acquire unencumbered technology and intellectual property assets from a company that had various non-competition and exclusivity agreements with potential competitors. In another example, Kris helped investors evaluate the intellectual property of a startup company seeking an infusion of new capital.

Kris has a background in chemical engineering, but his clients operate across a wide range of industries and technologies. As a result, Kris has experience dealing with software; semiconductor design and manufacturing; computer and telecommunications networks; mobile devices, IoT, and connected technologies; chemical compositions and processes; synthetic and composite materials; batteries and energy storage; LEDs, liquid crystals, and other display technologies.

Practice Areas

  • Technology Transactions and Due Diligence
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Technology Law Litigation

Technologies

  • Computer and telecommunication networks
  • Mobile devices
  • NFC, Bluetooth, and personal communication networks
  • IoT and connected technologies
  • Computer graphics and memory
  • CMOS image sensors, FPGAs, ASICs, and other semiconductors
  • Optical data storage
  • Compression algorithms and data processing
  • Enterprise software
  • Medical devices
  • LEDs
  • Liquid crystal and plasma displays
  • Energy industry processes, materials, and equipment
  • Lithium ion batteries
  • Chemical compositions and processes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Synthetic and composite materials
  • Polymers and adhesives
  • Optics and optical materials
  • Optical amplifiers

Pro Bono

  • Member of Board of Directors of For Love & Art, a non-profit organization providing quality of life services to hospices and elder care facilities.
  • Ongoing representation of foreign nationals seeking asylum in the United States through the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas Inc.
  • Served as co-head of the Dallas pro bono practice at Sidley Austin LLP (2014-2017)

Publications and Presentations

  • Protection 360: The Interplay Between Patent Protection, Licensing, and Trade Secret Protection in Light of the Current Regulatory and Legal Environment, AIPLA
  • Licensing Trade Secret Data and Information in a Connected Economy, AIPLA
  • The Kessler Doctrine After SpeedTrack – New Uses for an Old Tool of Preclusion in Patent Cases, State Bar of Texas, IP Law Section Newsletter
  • Teva May Have Little Impact on Claim Construction Appeals, Law360
  • Patentable Subject [Anti]matter, Duke Law & Technology Review

Admissions and Certifications

  • U.S. COURT OF APPEALS, FEDERAL CIRCUIT
  • U.S. DISTRICT COURT, E.D. OF TEXAS
  • U.S. DISTRICT COURT, N.D. OF TEXAS
  • TEXAS, 2004

Education

  • Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2004)
  • University of Missouri-Rolla (B.S., Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, 2001)