is a Shareholder at McAndrews who focuses on all areas of intellectual property, and in particular patent litigation, post-grant review proceedings, and IP transactional work. Chris’s litigation practice includes all areas of discovery, trial, and appeal. Chris regularly represents both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes ranging from small cases to ones involving hundreds of millions of dollars. Since the enactment of the America Invents Act, Chris has also represented clients in over 70 inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
VLSI Technology, originally an integrated circuit manufacturer in the 1990s, is today a non-practicing, patent-owning entity, an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group. VLSI no longer makes or sells any products, but in 2019 it became the owner of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,523,373 and 7,725,759. Each of these patents relates to increasing the power and speed of computer processors. VLSI sued Intel, claiming that almost 1 billion microchips sold by Intel infringed VLSI’s patents. The jury ultimately agreed, entering a verdict of $2.18 billion dollars for VLSI. In simple terms, this amounted to an award of approximately $2 per chip (on a chip that likely is sold for $200 or less per chip based on third-party estimates).