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In complex cases like patent litigation, there’s often lots of churn – people working the file without a particular focus or strategy. When I get a case, I sit down with the client’s in-house counsel and subject matter expert to identify leverage issues that can be asserted early. We focus on those and limit the time and money spent on anything else. This maximizes the pressure on our opponent right out of the gate. It also allows the client to stay in the race until its objectives are met, by minimizing the desire to settle to avoid more unproductive churn.

Chris P. Perque has more than 25 years of experience leading litigation teams in patent, trade secret and other technology-related cases. He leverages client input to prioritize and set action items to meet the client’s short and long term goals, manages the team size to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and crafts fee arrangements to complement the client’s financial needs. Chris works closely with clients to tailor litigation strategies and tactics to their goals and objectives and provides transparency so his clients can better manage their costs.

He has also drafted and negotiated more than $30 billion in transactions related to intellectual property, information technologies, and other technology assets, including various Internet-related agreements, and software licensing and development agreements. He has also advised on cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, and industrial internet of things (IIOT) licensing and joint development agreements.

Chris has also performed audits and counseling related to IP assets and strategies as well as counseling regarding infringement and the validity of U.S. patents. He frequently works with large and small companies on their technology development and initiatives to protect their intellectual property.

With the convergence of automation, The Industrial Internet of Things – IIoT, and artificial intelligence, the pace of change can be staggering. Helping clients thrive amidst that change is my life’s work.

Education

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1991
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for Texas
  • United States District Court for California
  • United States District Court for Louisiana
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Acknowledgements

For many years, Chris has been a recognized Best Lawyer® in Technology Law. He has also written articles exploring IP and technology-related law topics.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Registered Patent Attorney
  • Serving as lead counsel in cases involving patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, unfair competition and breach of contract
  • Handling software and other cases involving various technologies such as the industrial internet of things (IIOT), distributed networks, speech recognition systems, flight simulators, financial systems, oil field equipment, chemical processes, and other systems
  • Litigating claims for trademark and trade dress infringement and trade disparagement, including internet-specific claims involving cybersquatting and metatags
  • Negotiating transactions ranging from multimillion-dollar technology licenses to internet-related agreements for emerging companies