Carolyn L. Redding


  • JD, summa cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2011; Senior Production Editor, Santa Clara Computer & High Tech Law Journal
  • BS (Electrical Engineering; Minor in Physics), Pennsylvania State University, 2008; Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Society)


  • California, 2011
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2015

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2013
  • Teaches a mock trial legal apprenticeship to students from a local middle school through the Citizen Schools extended learning time program.
  • Secured asylum status for an Internet censorship activist who was persecuted for his political opinion.
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015-2018)

Carolyn L. Redding


Carolyn is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual litigation property group. Her practice focuses primarily on patent litigation and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She has worked on a wide-range of technologies including, LED, semiconductor, touchscreen, mesh networks, computer networks, mobile devices, encryption technologies, video encoding/decoding, computer software, and wireless communications.

Carolyn has experience in assessing patent infringement and validity, motion practice, taking and defending depositions, preparing expert reports, preparing trial witnesses, and supporting direct and cross examinations at trial. Carolyn 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 and appeal. Her work includes preparing petitions and expert declarations, deposition and motion practice, and preparation for and attendance at oral argument.

Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, with a minor in physics. Before law school, Carolyn worked in the flight controls group at The Boeing Company, on projects for the 787, 777, and 747-8 over the course of two internships. Carolyn’s work included modeling electrical and mechanical systems of the aircraft in software for use in simulation, testing and analysis. 


  •  VIZIO, Inc .v. Nichia (PTAB): Representing VIZIO in PTAB proceedings challenging patents related to LED technology.
  • Samsung Electronics v. Advanced Touchscreen (PTAB, CAFC) – Representing Samsung in appeals from multiple inter partes review proceedings after all challenged claims spanning four patents related to touchscreen technology were found unpatentable.
  • Emerson Electric v. SIPCO, LLC (N.D. Ga., PTAB, CAFC): Representing Emerson Electric in a 10-patent lawsuit, inter partes review proceeding, and Federal Circuit appeals relating to mesh network technology.
  • Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al. v. Acceleration Bay (Fed. Cir.) – Representing three global computer gaming companies, including Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts, in challenging three patents relating to broadcasting information in computer networks.
  • Roku – Advises Roku in its litigation strategy in responding to licensing demands from a number of non-practicing entities.
  • Samsung Electronics v. Affinity Labs of Texas (PTAB, Fed. Cir.) – Filed IPR petitions challenging three litigated patents generally relating to the delivery of Internet media content to a portable device. Successfully obtained final written decisions finding all challenged claims of the patents unpatentable and secured affirmance by the Federal Circuit on appeal.
  • Selene Comm. Technologies v. EMC Corporation (D. Del.) – Represented EMC in patent actions involving data intrusion and searching technologies.
  • Affinity Labs of Texas v. Samsung Electronics (E.D. Tex./W.D. Tex./N.D. Cal.) – Defended Samsung Electronics in a patent infringement lawsuit involving six patents directed to portable audio devices and wireless communications.
  • Broadcom v. NXP Semiconductors N.V. (C.D. Cal.) – Represented NXP in a patent infringement case involving analog circuit technologies, cryptography, and secure authentication.
  • Motorola v. Microsoft (ITC/W.D. Wisconsin/W.D. Washington) – Represented Motorola in patent infringement actions involving encoding and decoding technologies in the Xbox 360, Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9.
  • VirnetX Inc. v. NEC et al (E.D.Tex.) – Represented NEC Corporation in patent litigation concerning encrypted communications including encrypted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). The case was settled in August 2012.



  • Guest Speaker, “Hacking the Patent System: Defensive Patent Licensing Options for Innovators,” Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Speaker Series (August 31, 2017)
  • Guest Speaker, “Divided Infringement Is Dead, Long Live Divided Infringement?,” Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Speaker Series (February 25, 2016)
  • Guest lecturer, "International IP Litigation," Transnational Civil Litigation Course, Professor Art Gemmell, Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA (March 25, 2013)
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