Christopher M. Bonny
Christopher Bonny focuses his practice on high stakes 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 smartphones, semiconductors, telecommunications, network security, software, medical devices, user interfaces, 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 worked as a research engineer at a leading 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.
- Verizon Business Network Services v. A Major Multinational Telecommunications Equipment Company (PTAB) – Successfully secured denial of institution of all four IPR petitions filed against a major multinational telecommunications equipment company in proceedings relating to optical transport networks.
- Teradyne, Inc. v. Astronics Corporation (C.D. Cal., PTAB) – Representing Teradyne, Inc., a leading supplier of automation equipment for test and industrial applications, in a case raising patent, copyright, and breach of contract claims against Astronics Test Systems, Inc.
- Harris Corp. v. A Major Multinational Telecommunications Equipment Company (E.D. Tex.; PTAB) – Successfully defended 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.) – Defended TCL in a five-patent suit relating to smart TV functionality and interfaces, leading to a favorable settlement before trial.
- Roku, Inc. v. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (PTAB) – Represented Roku in challenging patents relating to display and interface technologies. These matters favorably settled pre-trial.
- Dolby Laboratories Inc. v. Intertrust Technologies Corp. (PTAB) – Representing Dolby in challenging patents related to digital rights management (DRM) systems.
- 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
- The Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch (2023)