Christopher M. Bonny
Christopher Bonny is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property litigation group. Christopher’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation in U.S. district court and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He has represented clients across a wide range of industries and technologies, including mobile devices, semiconductors, LEDs, encryption technologies, telecommunications, mesh networks, computer software and hardware, and consumer products.
Christopher has experience in all aspects of litigation, including pre-suit investigations and licensing negotiations, motion practice, managing discovery, claim construction, expert reports, and taking and defending depositions. Christopher also has significant experience representing clients in Inter Partes Review proceedings, from inception through appeal, and has argued at oral hearings before the Board.
Christopher is actively involved in pro bono matters, including a recent asylum win for an indigenous Triqui woman from Mexico.
Before beginning his legal career, Christopher designed drug eluting stents as a research and development engineer at a medical device company, and during college he worked in a microfabrication research lab. He concentrated his mechanical engineering degree in mechatronics, which is the synergistic combination of mechanical, electrical, and computer technologies in the design of complex products and processes.
- Harris Corp. v. A Major Multinational Telecommunications Equipment Company (E.D. Tex.) – Defending a major multinational telecommunications equipment company in a seven-patent suit involving ad hoc wireless networks, network security, and encryption technologies.
- Canon, Inc. v. TCL Electronics Holdings Ltd. (E.D. Tex.) – Defending TCL in a five-patent suit relating to smart TV functionality and interfaces.
- Samsung v. Affinity Labs of Texas (PTAB, Fed. Cir.) – Represented Samsung in IPRs relating to communication of media content. Secured wins at the PTAB and on appeal, with all challenged claims affirmed unpatentable.
- Affinity Labs of Texas v. Samsung et al. (E.D. Tex., W.D. Tex., N.D. Cal.) – Represented Samsung in two multi-defendant cases alleging infringement of patents relating to systems and methods for communicating media content. Successfully transferred the cases from E.D. and W.D. Tex. to the N.D. Cal. and stayed them pending the outcome of IPR proceedings.
- VIZIO, Inc. v. Nichia (PTAB) – Represented VIZIO in PTAB proceedings challenging patents related to LED technology.
- Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. Broadcom Ltd et al. (E.D. Tex.) – Represented IP Bridge in in a six-patent suit involving semiconductor fabrication and microprocessors. Obtained highly favorable settlement for IP Bridge just weeks before trial and following the Court’s denial of Broadcom’s summary judgment motion that sought to limit the scope of potential infringement and damages.
- Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. Intel Corp. (E.D. Tex.) – Represented IP Bridge in a nine-patent suit involving semiconductor fabrication technology. Obtained very favorable settlement for client on eve of expert discovery.
- NXP Semiconductors N.V. (PTAB) – Represented NXP in multiple IPRs challenging patents relating to near field communication.
- Broadcom v. NXP Semiconductors N.V. (C.D. Cal.) – Defended NXP in a patent infringement case involving cryptography, secure authentication, and analog circuit technologies.
- Defended a major consumer electronics company in a patent infringement action involving mapping and 360° panorama technology (N.D. Cal.).
- Avery Dennison Corp. v. TransAct Technologies, Inc. (Ohio Ct. Com. Pl.) – Successfully opposed a request for preliminary injunction on behalf of TransAct Techs. in a trade secret and breach of contract case related to food safety printers.
- CeeColor v. AuthenTec (D. Del.) – Obtained dismissal with prejudice prior to answer.
- Secured asylum for an indigenous Triqui woman from Mexico in a pro bono asylum matter.
- JD, Harvard Law School, 2011; Harvard Journal of Law & Technology , Article Editor
- BS (Mechanical Engineering), summa cum laude, California Polytechnic State University, 2007
Admissions / Qualifications
- California, 2011
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2008
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2018
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2013
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2012
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2016