Christopher A. Hughes

Head, Intellectual Property Practice Group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Christopher A. Hughes

Christopher A. Hughes

Head, Intellectual Property Practice Group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

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Christopher Hughes is the head of Cadwalader's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Chris has more than 35 years of experience in complex patent, trade secret, and trademark trials and litigation, as well as licensing, intellectual property counseling and IP due diligence in corporate transactions, bankruptcies, etc. Drawing on his extensive litigation experience and (early-career) experience of preparing and prosecuting patent applications, Chris also provides strategic counseling for clients on key patent acquisition efforts. His experience spans myriad industries, including computer hardware and software, semiconductors, consumer products and industrial equipment, e-commerce and financial services matters, and a variety of sophisticated medical devices as well as alternative energy technology such as wind turbine systems. Chris has also spear-headed efforts by luxury goods and consumer products companies to protect and enforce their valuable trademarks and trade-dress rights through anti-counterfeiting and infringement actions in courts and before U.S. Customs.

He has represented clients in patent litigation and trials in Federal District Courts, in the ITC and in arbitrations before WIPO as well as trade secret enforcement actions in state and federal court. For example, he has represented IBM in patent litigations in several U.S. district courts and in the ITC on a variety of computer software and hardware technologies. He also represented Priceline.com in litigation involving the famous "Priceline Patent" and has handled patent infringement actions regarding cardiovascular stent technologies on behalf of Medinol Ltd. and on orthopedic implants for Stryker/Osteonics. He has been appointed the Federal District Court Special Master for the purpose of assisting with complex discovery issues and motions in limine in computer technologies and has been serving on the District of Delaware IP Law Advisory Committee.

Chris' international experience includes coordinating patent infringement trials and hearings throughout Europe (including trials seeking preliminary relief and cross-border injunctions), as well as nullity, cancellation, and opposition proceedings on important patent rights in European courts and the EPO. In these matters, he has coordinated the corresponding activities in the U.S. with respect to the U.S. counterpart patent litigations.

He has handled significant matters for AT&T Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, IBM Corporation, Lucent Technologies, Medinol, Ltd., Osteonics Corporation, Priceline.com, Qualcomm, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stryker Corporation and Symbol Technologies, Inc., among others.

Chris has been elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been consistently recognized as an outstanding attorney by numerous publications, including:

* Benchmark Litigation: The Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (Designated a national "Litigation Star" since 2010)
* Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
* Chambers Global
* The Best Lawyers in America (Distinguished 10-Year Designation)
* United States Lawyer Rankings (ranked first in the Intellectual Property category since 2012; named among the top 10 since 2008)
* The Legal 500 US (2014)
* Super Lawyers (5-Year Designation, Blue Ribbon Panelist)
* The World's Leading Patent Litigators (IAM - Publications)
* Managing Intellectual Property: IP Stars (each year since the inaugural issue in 2012) (Euromoney)
* LMG Life Sciences 2012 (Selected as a "Life Sciences Star" in the publication's inaugural edition) (Euromoney)
* Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Experts (Legal Media Group)
* The Corporate America Legal Elite 2015 (Best for IP Due Diligence - New York)

A frequent lecturer, Chris has spoken throughout the U.S., Japan, China, and Korea on such topics as:

* A Search For The Best Practices: Conflict Solution Disputes - Litigation, Arbitration and Trans-Atlantic Comparisons; Joint Program by LES-Germany, WIPO and Federal Circuit Bar Association (Germany; 5/18/11)
* Claim Construction--International Perspectives; Fordham IP Law Institute (New York City; 4/28/11)
* Presenting An Effective Markman Case - Winning Strategy For Managing A Pivotal Point in Patent Litigation
* ACI Medical Device Patent Litigation Program (New York City; 1/31/11)
* Panelist: High Tech Miracle -The American-Israeli Chamber of Commerce and Industry Program (New York City, 2/1/11)
* Strategies for Defending (and Advising) Respondents in ITC Investigations (Forum on Foreign Intellectual Property-Related Issues, Beijing - 2010)
* Best Practices for Managing IP in the US (Forum on Foreign Intellectual Property-Related Issues, Suzhou - 2010)
* Patent Trials in WIPO Arbitrations (Managing Intellectual Property China-International IP Forum, Beijing - 2010)
* Strategies for Defending in "Rocket Docket" Jurisdictions (Suzhou Forum - 2010)
* Key Patent Issues for 2010 (Annual Dental Convention at Javits Convention Center)
* Impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in eBay on injunctions in patent cases (2007 AIPLA Annual Meeting)
* Attorney-client privilege
* Contributory and induced infringement
* Means-plus-function claim elements
* Various aspects of Markman claim construction proceedings
* The doctrine of equivalents, including the impact of the Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the Festo case
* U.S. trade secret law
* "New Patent Litigation Tactics for the Post-Festo World" (Lawcast presentation)
* "Strategies For Litigating Against Patent Holding Companies" (AIPLA 2004 Spring Meeting)
* "Securing Ownership of Employee Innovations" (2004 IP Strategies in Deals Conference)
* "Protecting and Embracing Your IP" (2004 IP Strategies in Deals Conference)

Chris has authored numerous articles on the foregoing topics, and, more recently, co-authored the following articles, "Product-By-Process Patent Claims: Contrasting United States and Europe," New York Law Journal, (2009, co-authored with Bert Oosting); "Healthcare Statute Signals Major Change for Biosimilar Products," IAM Life Sciences 250, (2010, co-authored with Michael P. Dougherty); "Patentable Subject Matter I the US: Past, Present and Future," International Asset Management Magazine(2009, co-authored with Daniel Melman); "Doctrine of Equivalents: Protection Beyond the Literal Patent Claims," Intellectual Asset Management Magazine(2008, co-authored with Regina Lutz, and cited by at least one commentator as an "extremely useful" explanation of the concept); "Post-'e-Bay' Injunctions: The Scoreboard and the Trend," New York Law Journal, Outside Counsel (2008, co-authored with Avshalom Yotam).

Chris is Past President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (2007-08), where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2001, and a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association; Licensing Executives Society; American Judicature Society; Intellectual Property Owners; New York State Bar Association, where he is a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections; and American Bar Association, where he is also a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections. He is also a founding Board Member of the New York University Lawyer Alumni Mentoring Program (LAMP) and serves on the Executive Advisory Board (1998 to date). He served as an adjunct instructor at New York Law School from 1980 to 1982.

A graduate of the New York University School of Engineering and Science, Chris received his B.S., cum laude, and was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Gamma Tau Honor Societies, a recipient of the Founder's Day Award, and a member of the National Fraternity Hall of Fame. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was awarded the Donald Brown Fellowship in Patent Law, served as a member of the Moot Court Executive Board, and was a co-author of the

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Head, Intellectual Property Practice Group at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
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JD
Class of 1973

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

BS, cum laude, Sigma Gamma Tau, Tau Beta Pi
Class of 1970
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Member
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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Founded in 1897, AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

Career History
Head, Intellectual Property Practice Group
Current

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has put over 200 years of legal experience and innovation to work today. As one of the world's most prominent financial services law firms, they have long-standing client relationships with premier financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and other leading corporations, government entities, charitable and health care organizations, and individual private clients.

Adjunct Instructor
1980 - 1982

New York Law School is a private law school in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. It is an ABA-approved law school. In 2014, the ABA identified the school as one of 18 law schools with a decline in enrollment of more than 30 percent in the last three years.

Boards & Committees
President, Board of Directors
2001 - Prior

The New York Intellectual Property Law Association, or NYIPLA as it is known, is a bar association principally composed of lawyers interested in patent, trademark and copyright law who live or work in the jurisdictions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, namely New York, Connecticut and Vermont, and the District of New Jersey. Established in 1922, NYIPLA members are in private, corporate and government practice. They reflect a full spectrum of specialized and general law firms of all sizes, as well as many fields of industry. Members of the Judiciary are ex officio Honorary Members. The Association promotes the development and administration of intellectual property and related laws. It provides its membership with an opportunity to make their views known and to advance the knowledge of legal professionals, the judiciary, government and the public.

Member, Executive Advisory Board
Tenure Unconfirmed

The history of the College of Arts and Science begins with the founding of the University by a number of prominent New Yorkers, led by Albert Gallatin, a member of Jefferson’s cabinet. Unlike other institutions at the time, it was to be nonsectarian and to produce a different sort of elite citizen, not born to privilege but set apart for leadership by talent and effort. To that end it provided a more practical education, what the 19th century called "Useful Knowledge." Thus, in addition to offering the standard classical curriculum, early NYU was also a center for science. Samuel F. B. Morse invented the telegraph while teaching art and design; John W. Draper invented modern photography; and the American Chemical Society was founded here. In the arts and culture, too, it can be argued that the College not only participated in, but also generated much of, the creative energy that has characterized Greenwich Village. The original University Building housed ateliers that were the forerunners of the current downtown art scene. And although Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was turned down for a teaching post, literature thrived, with University Building even featured in a novel by the eccentric Theodore Winthrop (1861). Finally, this neighborhood and this institution have had a long tradition of social and political activism from the Stonecutters Riot over the construction of the University’s first building in 1834 to the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, a major event in U.S. labor history that took place in what is now the Brown Building. From its earliest days, then, the College on Washington Square has been at the cutting edge of intellectual, cultural, and social developments. In 1895, however, NYU’s great chancellor, Henry MacCracken, decided to reserve Washington Square for the professional schools, which proliferated under his leadership, and to move University College to a beautiful campus in the Bronx- University Heights- designed by Stanford White. The College’s move to the Heights reflected MacCracken’s "Ivy" aspirations for the school and his successful effort to raise quality by attracting the best students nationally. Also relevant was the ascendant, nonurban collegiate ideal of a residential community, with fine teaching, extracurricular activities, fraternities, and intercollegiate athletics. A few years later an undergraduate presence was restored downtown with the opening of a Collegiate Division (1903), soon to become Washington Square College (1913). This school had a more diverse student body, opening its doors to women, recent immigrants, commuters, and professional students. For over 60 years, undergraduate liberal arts education at NYU took place in two locations-University College (and the Engineering School) at the Heights and the College on Washington Square, both offering excellent, but different, educational and social experiences. In the 1970s the College underwent yet another major transformation. In response to financial pressures, the Heights campus closed in 1973 and University College merged with Washington Square College. The new institution, which is now known simply as the College of Arts and Science, is the beneficiary of both traditions-the Heights’ residential and collegiate culture and the Square’s progressive urban focus. At that time, a decision was also made to build aggressively for quality-to recruit the very best faculty and students, to update and expand the physical plant, and to create distinguished programs both here and abroad. In recent years the College has become recognized as a national leader for its efforts to reinvent a liberal arts education for the 21st century. With a challenging liberal arts core, the College Core Curriculum, at the center of its curriculum, the College emphasizes student inquiry and research; offers unique opportunities for international and preprofessional study; and makes use of the city as a site for learning and service. A liberal arts education thus reconceived is not only personally enriching but also eminently practical in developing the skills and perspectives essential to assume a leadership role in the 21st century. As the new millennium proceeds, the College continues to build on its founders’ goal of providing "Useful Knowledge."

Member, IP Law Advisory Committee
Tenure Unconfirmed
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Admitted to the New York Bar
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Court Admission: U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
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