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.
- A Major Multinational Cybersecurity Company v. Packet Intelligence LLC (N.D. Cal.) – Representing one of the world’s leading cybersecurity companies in an action for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement of five patents directed to network monitoring and analysis, which patents had been litigated through trial against others in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Blue Spike, LLC v. Roku, Inc. (D. Del.) – Represented Roku in a seven-patent suit relating to secure transactions, which resulted in a favorable settlement on behalf of Roku.
- 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.
- Samsung Electronics v. Advanced Touchscreen (PTAB, CAFC) – Represented Samsung in appeals from multiple inter partes review proceedings after all challenged claims spanning four patents related to touchscreen technology were found unpatentable.
- 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.
- 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.
- Activision Blizzard, Inc. et al. v. Acceleration Bay (Fed. Cir.) – Represented three global computer gaming companies, including Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts, in challenging three patents relating to broadcasting information in computer networks.
- Clean Energy Management Solutions v. SmartThings, Inc. (E.D. Tex.) – As litigation counsel for SmartThings, obtained early dismissal in an infringement suit on a patent asserted against “Internet of Things” products.
- Broadcom v. NXP Semiconductors N.V. (C.D. Cal.) – Represented NXP in a patent infringement case involving analog circuit technologies, cryptography, and secure authentication.
- Selene Comm. Technologies v. EMC Corporation (D. Del.) – Represented EMC in patent actions involving data intrusion and searching technologies.
- 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.
- Cited, “Texas Court Hands Patent Win to Roku Over Improper Venue,” Law360 (July 6, 2017)
- Co-author, “The Timing of Settlements in Post-Grant Proceedings,” Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (October 24, 2014)
- Co-author, "In re EMC -- Changing the Transfer Inquiry?," Intellectual Property Today (June 2013)
- “Balancing Interests at the Border: Protecting Our Nation and Our Privacy in Border Searches of Electronic Devices,” 27 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. Law Journal, 219 (2010)
- 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)
- 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)
Admissions / Qualifications
- California, 2011
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2015
- 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
- Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015-2020)