Chris Marchese is a Principal in the Southern California office of Fish & Richardson. He specializes in patent litigation and trials. He has handled patent cases in a wide range of technologies, including computer networking, hardware, software, and chemistry, as well as integrated circuits, compression technology, and wireless communications. Mr. Marchese has successfully first chaired both jury and bench trials, and has extensive experience with all aspects of patent litigation.
Over 25-plus years of practice, he has litigated and tried major patent cases in jurisdictions across the United States, including the Central, Southern, and Northern Districts of California, District of Delaware, District of Oregon, District of Massachusetts, Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the International Trade Commission. He first-chaired a jury trial in Los Angeles in 2016, obtaining a verdict of $12.5 million in damages and willful infringement in a case involving chemical formulations for disinfecting greenhouse water. He first-chaired a jury trial in 2017 in San Diego in which the jury invalidated Columbia Sporrtswear’s flagship utility patent related to its “OmniHeat” products. In addition to patent litigation, Mr. Marchese also represents his clients in cases involving inter partes review, ex parte reexamination, trademarks, design patents, copyrights, unfair competition, and trade secrets.
As a complement to his litigation practice, Mr. Marchese also performs patent portfolio analyses for his clients, both in connection with potential litigation and for corporate acquisitions. He also has prepared and prosecuted numerous patent and trademark applications, and has handled trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.
Mr. Marchese’s technical expertise and knowledge extends to a wide variety of technologies that include:
- Software (operating systems and application software);
- Image processing and video compression (including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.264, and VC-1 standards and related technology);
- Wireless communications (including GSM, LTE, and IEEE 802.11);
- Semiconductors and integrated circuitry;
- Computer networking (including ATM, Ethernet, DOCSIS, and WiMAX technologies);
- Audio and speech compression (including various standards);
- Satellite technology; and
- Chemistry and Cleantech
In 1999, Mr. Marchese co-authored a comprehensive treatise on patent damages that is updated annually and has been cited by the Federal Circuit in Astrazeneca AB v. Apotex Corp., Astetek Danmark a/s v. CMI USA Inc., and Lucent v. Gateway, as well as numerous district courts. He has participated in panel discussions and given speeches and seminars around the country on patent damages, and he led a team that developed Fish & Richardson’s patent damages web page. He also co-authors a blog focused on patent damages: www.patent-damages.com. You can follow his blog on Twitter at https://twitter.com/patentdamages. In addition, he has written numerous law review articles on subjects that include patent damages and federal jurisdiction. His articles have been cited by the Federal Circuit and district courts.
Mr. Marchese is also active in pro bono matters. He is on the Board of Directors for the California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA). He has worked on a number of matters referred to the firm by CLA and dedicates many hours annually to pro bono activities. He has worked for pro bono clients enforcing copyrights in musical compositions and recordings, collecting musical royalties, litigating commercial disputes, and on patent prosecution matters.
Mr. Marchese was an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego from 2012 to 2015. He taught a course on patent litigation with other Fish Principals.
May 21, 2018
Fish & Richardson Announces 39 Attorneys Named “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine
March 6, 2018
Fish & Richardson Announces Ranking as a Top National Trademark Practice by Managing Intellectual Property
December 20, 2017
Court Vacates TRO and Denies Motion for Injunction in Columbia-Seirus Patent Battle
October 25th, 2017 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Hot Topics in Patent Damages for In-House Counsel
October 4, 2017
Fish & Richardson Invalidates Columbia's Omni-Heat Patent for Client Seirus
December 2nd, 2015 | 1:00 pm EST
INSIGHTs Webinar - Patent Damages: The Success and Failure of a Theory
October 7th, 2015 | 1:00 pm EDT
INSIGHTS Webinar: Patent Damages Replay
February 26th, 2015 | 5:30 pm EST
Protecting Little Guys' Big Ideas: The California Inventors Assistance Program
May 29th, 2014
Law Seminars International “Litigating Patent Damages” Conference
May 19th, 2011 | 11:30 am EDT
Life Sciences Intellectual Property Summit 2011
April 14th, 2010 | 8:00 am EDT
How Is Damages Law Affecting the Patent Market?
March 18th, 2010 | 2:00 pm EDT
"Beyond Forest Group v Bon Tool: What do you really need to know about patent marking?"