Chris R. Johnson

Senior Counsel
713.632.8007 | Houston, Texas
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Professional Summary

Chris’s practice focuses on patent and intellectual property litigation. He has also represented clients in appellate matters involving intellectual property disputes.

Chris worked as a control systems engineer in Washington for six years before law school. He graduated from Duke Law School in 2006, where he worked on the Duke Law Journal. He got his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University and his Bachelors of Science from the University of Washington.

Chris is recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Litigation by Thomson Reuters. He is admitted to practice in Texas, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.

Representative Experience
  • Polyzen, Inc. v. RadiaDyne, L.L.C. Won a defense victory and defended it on appeal after a four-day jury trial in Raleigh representing RadiaDyne, the designer of medical balloons used in prostate cancer therapy. Before trial, the court dismissed all patent claims brought by the plaintiff, a medical balloon manufacturer. At trial, the jury unanimously found for our client on plaintiff’s trade secret claim and its claim for unpurchased inventory. The jury also found that plaintiff breached the relevant contract, competed unfairly with our client, and failed to return tooling paid for by RadiaDyne. After a seven-year journey, the case resulted in a judgment for monetary damages for RadiaDyne. The Federal Circuit affirmed all aspects of the district court’s judgment in RadiaDyne’s favor.
  • L.C. Eldridge Sales Co, Ltd., et al. v. Azen Manufacturing PTE., LTD., et al.  Successfully represented the plaintiffs at trial and on appeal.  At trial, we obtained a unanimous jury verdict of patent infringement, willful infringement, no invalidity, and the full amount of lost profits for the plaintiff in a multi-defendant patent infringement suit concerning engine exhaust systems used on offshore oil rigs.  Argued appeal defending judgment before the Federal Circuit, winning a full affirmance.
  • Maxus Strategic Systems, Inc. v. Aqumin LLC and Nirvana Systems, Inc. Represented defendant Nirvana Systems in patent infringement case concerning virtual reality representations of stock market data.  After obtaining a favorable Markman ruling, we filed a summary judgment motion that precipitated a favorable settlement.
  • Confidential Client Assisted client in pre-suit investigation involving offshore drilling equipment failure by conducting detailed fact investigation and assessing its potential liability.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 energy company sued by a patent holding company that accused it of infringing a patent directed to computer-implemented systems and methods for selling utility services.  We obtained a favorable Markman ruling and settled the case favorably.
Professional Honors & Affiliations
Presentations & Publications
  • Co-author: “A Brief History of Encryption” TechNewsWork, July 2010
Education & Professional Background
  • Duke University, J.D., 2006, magna cum laude (Order of the Coif, Duke Law Journal)
  • Washington State University, Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, 1997
  • University of Washington, B.S., Paper Science and Engineering, 1995, cum laude
  • Law Clerk to The Hon. Alvin A. Schall, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2006-2007
  • Admitted to Practice: Texas, 2008