Kris Reed serves as Managing Partner of Kilpatrick Townsend in China. Mr. Reed focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling. Mr. Reed works with clients in such diverse fields as electronics, semiconductor manufacturing and development, software, telecommunications, transportation, entertainment, retail and consumer goods, and financial transactions. Mr. Reed has extensive experience in all aspects of federal district court litigation and International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations and trials.
As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Reed also specializes in post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent Office, having served as lead counsel in over 30 inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
Mr. Reed is one of only eight foreign lawyers in China named as a top litigator in 2018 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. He was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® for Patent Litigation in 2017 and 2018 and for both Patent Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation in 2019 and 2020. Mr. Reed was named a 2018 “Top Litigator” by Law Week Colorado. He was recognized as a Colorado “Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property Litigation in 2019, having been previously named a Colorado “Rising Star” six times by Super Lawyers magazine.
Mr. Reed also represents foreign parents, often on a pro bono basis, in international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Mr. Reed has served as lead counsel in multiple trials resulting in the successful return of illegally retained children to their home countries.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Reed completed a federal clerkship with the Honorable Robert C. Jones of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.
Prior to joining the legal profession, Mr. Reed worked as a software engineer for one of the nation’s largest technology companies, developing cutting-edge design automation tools for VLSI microprocessor design. Mr. Reed also worked as a researcher for the National Institute of Science and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, conducting research into next-generation wireless standards and measurement techniques.
Defended Broadcom Inc. and its six downstream customers Technicolor, HTC, Comcast, Arista, NETGEAR, and ARRIS in a Section 337 Investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission brought by Tessera Technologies related to semiconductor chip packaging technology. In re Certain Semiconductor Devices, U.S. ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1010.
Represented complainants LSI Corporation and Agere Systems LLC in a Section 337 Investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission involving video decoder and wireless local area network patents. Following trial, the ALJ determined that the Commission should enter an exclusion order against the respondent’s products. In re Certain Audiovisual Components and Products Containing the Same, U.S. ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-837.
Defended LSI Corporation and Seagate Technology in a Section 337 Investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission brought by Rambus involving semiconductor memory technology. Following trial, the ALJ determined that all asserted Rambus patents were invalid and that no violation of Section 337 occurred. In re Certain Semiconductor Chips and Products Containing Same, U.S. ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-753.
Represented complainant LSI Corporation, a global semiconductor technology company, in a Section 337 Investigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission involving numerous participants in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. In re Certain Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Using Tungsten Metallization and Products Containing the Same, U.S. ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-648.
Defended Chicago Transit Authority and related vendor companies in a patent infringement litigation dealing with contactless credit card technology. Obtained an order invalidating four of the five patents-at-issue before trial, and achieved dismissal with prejudice of the last patent following the claim construction hearing. Judgment affirmed by the Federal Circuit on appeal. Smart Systems Innovations LLC v. Chicago Transit Authority, et al., No. 14-cv-08053 (N.D. Ill.).
Defended Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Circuit City, Williams-Sonoma, and Pottery Barn in a patent infringement litigation regarding stored value card transactions. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement on all claims. Judgment affirmed by the Federal Circuit on appeal. Realsource, Inc. v. Starbucks, et al., No. 1-771 (W.D. Tex.).
Defended Genius Electronic Optical Co., a world leader in the manufacture and sale of optical lenses, against claims of patent infringement. Obtained summary judgment on over 99% of the plaintiff’s claims. Judgment affirmed by the Federal Circuit on appeal. Largan Precision Co. v. Genius Electronic Optical Co., No. 13-cv-02502 (N.D. Cal.).
Represented defendant Pulse Engineering in a jury trial resulting in a verdict of only $1.5M despite a claim for over $30M in damages. The case later reached the Supreme Court. Halo Mfg. v. Pulse Engineering, No. 07-cv-00331 (D. Nev.).
Represented Patent Owner Hunter Douglas Inc. in eight IPR proceedings filed against four patents asserted by Hunter Douglas in litigation against a competitor. Successfully argued that six of the IPR trials should not be instituted, and limited the two instituted IPR trials to just three claims total. U.S. Patent Office Nos. IPR2014-00276, IPR2014-00282, IPR2014-00283, IPR2014-00286, IPR2014-01173, IPR2014-01174, IPR2014-01175, and IPR2014-01176.
Defended Sprint and Nextel in a patent litigation in Las Vegas involving “push-to-talk” walkie-talkie cell phones. Obtained a favorable settlement on the night before trial. 2-Way Computing, Inc. v. Sprint Nextel Corp., et al., No. 11-cv-00012 (D. Nev.).
Defended Mothers Lounge, a leading manufacturer and seller of premium children’s products, against claims of patent infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition, resulting in all claims being dismissed with prejudice. Bebe au Lait LLC v. Mothers Lounge LLC, et al., No. 13-cv-3035 (N.D. Cal.).
Represented plaintiff Pulse Engineering, Inc. in a patent infringement litigation against a competitor manufacture of alarm system components. Obtained favorable settlement for Pulse, resulting in the defendant leaving the specific industry. Pulse Engineering, Inc. v. Mascon, Inc., No. 08-cv-0595 (S.D. Cal.).
Defended Mothers Lounge, a leading manufacturer and seller of premium children’s products, against claims of trademark infringement, including obtaining denial of the plaintiff’s preliminary injunction request following an evidentiary hearing. Rufflebutts, Inc. v. Mothers Lounge LLC, et al., No. 13-cv-3035 (D. Utah).
Successfully represented an Australian father in proceedings under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Obtained a verdict ordering return of the children to Australia following a trial on the merits, and ordering the defendant mother to pay all of the father’s attorney’s fees and costs. In re the Application of Bradley Reed Warren v. Emily Rebecca Ryan, 15-cv-00667 (D. Colo. filed March 31, 2015).
Successfully represented a New Zealand father pro bono in proceedings under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Obtained a verdict ordering return of the child to New Zealand following a trial on the merits. In re the Application of Anthony Leigh Stead v. Davina Menduno, 14-cv-01400 (D. Colo. filed May 19, 2014).
Successfully represented a Mexican mother pro bono in proceedings under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Obtained a verdict ordering return of the child to Mexico following a trial on the merits. In re the Application of Raquel Fabiola Marquez Avila v. Rolando Contreras Gallegos, 14-cv-00230 (D. Colo. filed January 27, 2014).
Stanford Law School, J.D., Stanford Technology Law Review, Editor-in-Chief (2004)
University of Colorado, B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, with high distinction, graduated first in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (2000)
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
“5 Key Takeaways | Recent Changes to Patent Law in Asia,” August 19, 2019
“Recent Changes to Patent Law in Asia and Export Controls,” KTIPS 2019, August 5, 2019
“Kilpatrick Townsend Wins Landmark Case for Broadcom,” July 1, 2019
“The Top Patent Cases Of 2019: Midyear Report,” Law360, June 28, 2019
“Recent Trends in Enforcing & Defending IP Claims at the U.S. International Trade Commission: Surging in 2018,” KTIPS, August 6, 2018
“Update on Key Patent Cases and Trends,” KTIPS, August 6, 2018
“2018 Intellectual Property Forum,” Co-Sponsored by Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park Development, May 11, 2018
“2017 Intellectual Property Forum,” Co-Sponsored by: Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park Development and Advance China IP Law Office, November 16, 2017
“2017 Patent Law Forum,” Imperial Hotel, Ran Room (2nd Floor, Main Building), November 13, 2017
“Updated: President Trump Turns to the U.S. Trade Representative for China IP Investigation,” September 14, 2017
“Key Takeaways: Patent Prosecution: Latest Trends and Best Practices in Asia,” August 25, 2017
“2017 Intellectual Property Forum,” The Evergreen Laurel Hotel, April 13, 2017
“2016 Patent Law Forum,” Imperial Hotel, Ran Room (2nd Floor, Main Building), October 28, 2016
“Recent Developments in U.S. Patent Law,” 2016 Patent Law Forum, October 28, 2016
“Intellectual Property Law Seminar 2016,” Parkyard Hotel, October 25, 2016
“Protecting Your Company and Salespeople at U.S. Trade Shows,” Intellectual Property Law Seminar, October 25, 2016
“Impact of the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure & Procedural Case Law on Patent Litigation,” Advanced Patent Law CLE Seminar, February 24, 2016
“Finding the Limits of Exhaustion,” Future World IP: Legal Responses to the Tech Revolution, February 4, 2016
“Canberra mother 'forum shopped' for a quick divorce in the United States,” Canberra Times, October 26, 2015