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Christopher T. Blackford
+1 202 408 4027
christopher.blackford@finnegan.com

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
    J.D., cum laude, 2004
  • University of Texas, Dallas
    M.S., Electrical Engineering, 2001
  • University of Texas, Dallas
    B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1999

Christopher T. Blackford

Partner

Chris Blackford is a registered patent attorney with more than a decade of experience litigating intellectual property cases. He focuses his practice on patent infringement actions before U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Blackford has served as lead counsel, managed numerous complex IP disputes, participated in multiple patent trials on behalf of multinational companies, and counseled clients on patent licensing. His experience includes balancing parallel proceedings in courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and litigating standard essential patents (SEPs) related to audio compression, cellular technologies, and Blu-ray discs.

Mr. Blackford draws on years of industry experience as a software and systems engineer for companies such as Texas Instruments, Raytheon, and Nokia. His cases have spanned a wide range of technical subjects, including cybersecurity, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), smartphones, user interfaces, multimedia, computer architecture, power and memory management, semiconductors, medical devices, and various Internet-related technologies.

Highlights

  • SZ DJI Tech. Co., Ltd. v. Yuneec Int'l Co., Ltd. (C.D. Cal). Represented DJI in asserting patents covering various UAV-related technologies.
  • One-Blue v. Imation, Corp. (D. Del.). Represented plaintiffs in asserting certain patents covering essential elements of Blu-ray disc standards.
  • Syneron Medical Ltd. v. Viora (E.D. Tex.). Represented plaintiff Syneron in district court case concerning aesthetic medical devices, resulting in settlement acknowledging infringement and validity.
  • Certain Digital Media Devices, 337-TA-882 (ITC). Represented LG Electronics in ITC action concerning certain media technologies in mobile telephones and televisions, home theater systems, Blu-ray disc players, and tablets. Following trial, all four asserted patents were found not infringed and/or invalid.
  • BarTex v. FedEx (E.D. Tex., Fed. Cir.). Defended FedEx against charges of patent infringement concerning bar code technology, resulting in summary judgment of invalidity, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Stambler v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (E.D. Tex.). Represented Ameriprise against infringement allegations concerning certain secure fund transfer services.
  • Technology Patents, LLC v. Deutsche Telekom (D. Md., Fed. Cir., S. Ct.). Defended several foreign defendants against charges of infringement concerning paging technology, resulting in a dismissal, which was affirmed on appeal, with cert. denied.
  • LG Electronics v. Hitachi (N.D. Cal.). Represented LG Electronics in asserting patents concerning computer architecture technology.
  • Served as a judicial extern for the Honorable A. Joe Fish at the U.S. District Court for the N.D. Texas, 2004.

Professional Recognition

  • Order of the Coif.

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association