Christopher M. Bonny


  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2011; Harvard Journal of Law & Technology , Article Editor
  • BS (Mechanical Engineering), summa cum laude, California Polytechnic State University, 2007


  • California, 2011
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2008

Court Admissions

  • 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

Christopher M. Bonny


Christopher is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property group. Christopher’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). His work encompasses a variety of technical fields, including mobile devices, semiconductors, computer software, and consumer products.

Christopher has experience in pre-suit investigations, drafting complaints and answers, supporting clients with document review and production, written discovery, motion practice, claim construction, preparing expert reports, and taking depositions. Christopher also has significant experience participating in all phases of post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) of the USPTO, from filing through final written decision. In addition, Christopher has experience in patent and trademark prosecution, as well as licensing and client counseling regarding patent validity and infringement.

Before law school, Christopher worked as a research and development engineer at Medtronic CardioVascular where he helped research, design, and test new drug eluting stents. During college he worked in a microfabrication research lab and was a member of the Microfabrication Technologies Group. 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.


  • Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 v. Broadcom Ltd et al. (E.D. Tex.): Representing IP Bridge in a patent infringement action involving semiconductors
  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. (PTAB): Litigating multiple inter partes review petitions challenging patents relating to near field communication.
  • Samsung (PTAB, Fed. Cir.). Represented Samsung in IPRs challenging claims of three patents generally related to the delivery of Internet media content to a portable device.  Successfully obtained final written decisions finding all challenged claims of the three patents unpatentable.  Represented Samsung in Federal Circuit appeals of the IPR decisions and successfully obtained Rule 36 affirmances.
  • Affinity Labs of Texas v. Samsung et al. (E.D. Tex., W.D. Tex., N.D. Cal.): Representing 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 inter partes review (IPR) proceedings.
  • 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., et al. (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.
  • Representing an indigenous Latin American woman 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
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