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Christopher E. Hanba

Partner

Education

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, J.D.
  • Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, Best Brief, East Region; Third Place Brief, National; Third Place Overall, East Region; Pierce Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
University of Michigan, B.B.A.
  • Computer Information Systems

Prior Employment

  • K&L Gates LLP, Partner, 2008-2016
  • Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, Litigation and Electronic Discovery Associate, 2007-2008
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Law Clerk to the Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, 2006-2007
  • Served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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Overview
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Overview

Chris Hanba is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group of the Intellectual Property Department. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property related matters, focusing on patent litigation and counseling. He also serves as liaison to Asia and has extensive experience representing companies throughout Asia, including China, Taiwan, and South Korea. 

Chris counsels clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups. He has extensive litigation experience in the Federal Courts and International Trade Commission, both as trial and strategic counsel.  Chris's technology experience includes work in the fields of cellular technology, semiconductors, microprocessors, DRAM and NAND flash memory architecture, computer systems, software, network technology, mobile devices, biotechnology, digital camera technology, internet technology, medical devices, automotive devices, and sensor technology, software-based medical infrastructure services. Prior to law school, he worked as a software consultant for more than seven years.

Experience

  • Advises clients on intellectual property strategies, procurement, licensing negotiation, and litigation arising from patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and licensing disputes.
  • Guides clients in all facets of patent litigation, including electronic discovery, expert discovery, motion practice, preliminary injunctions and temporary restraining orders, Markmanbriefing and hearings, summary judgment, post-trial motions, claim construction, focus studies, and trial.
  • Represents clients in Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) as well as inter partesreview proceedings.
  • Advises established companies and startup clients through all aspects of their patent portfolios from concept to inception and filing through patentability and landscape research, licensing, and litigation.
  • Litigates cases before federal courts throughout the country, including the Northern District of Illinois, Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas, the Northern District of California, Central District of California, Southern District of California, District of Delaware, Southern District of Indiana, Eastern District of Michigan, District of Massachusetts, District of Nebraska, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Extensive experience representing clients throughout Asia, including:

  • Trial counsel for a Taiwanese surveillance camera company in a patent and licensing dispute.
  • Lead counsel in a patent infringement litigation for a Taiwanese semiconductor company in the Central District of California. The case resolved prior to trial.
  • Trial counsel for a Taiwanese cellular manufacturer in numerous patent litigation actions throughout the country.
  • Lead counsel for Taiwanese gaming company in an offensive patent infringement action in the Northern District of Illinois.  The case settled prior to trial.  Chris also serves as corporate advisor to the company on intellectual property and corporate matters.
  • Performing freedom to operate and other patentability opinions for a Taiwanese integrated circuit company.
  • Advisor to Chinese manufacturer on issues of patentability and freedom to operate.

News & Resources

Honors

Emerging Lawyers Magazine Illinois, 2017-2019

  • Recognized as up-and-coming lawyer in practice area of Intellectual Property