Kris 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 numerous inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
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.
Mr. Reed has been selected six times as a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers (2010 through 2015). He also was named a top patent practitioner in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. Mr. Reed is a former Chair of the Denver Bar Association Community Action Network Committee, which works with many of the city’s nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of the greater Denver community.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Reed completed a federal clerkship with the Honorable Robert C. Jones of the United States 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.
Professional & Community Activities
Colorado Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
Denver Bar Association
The Colorado Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
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. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Realsource Inc. v. Best Buy, et al.
Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement on behalf of defendants Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Circuit City, Williams-Sonoma, and Pottery Barn in a patent dispute regarding stored value card transactions. Judgment affirmed by the Federal Circuit on appeal.
Realsource, Inc. v. Best Buy, et al., No. 1-771 (W.D. Tex filed Dec. 2, 2004).
Builder MT LLC v. Zybertech Construction Software Services, et al.
Obtained dismissal of all claims in software-related contract and copyright dispute.
Builder MT LLC v. Zybertech Construction Software Services, et al., No. 08-0435 (D. Colo. filed Feb. 29, 2008).
Pulse Engineering Inc. v. Mascon Inc.
Obtained favorable settlement for the plaintiff in a patent infringement litigation, resulting in defendant leaving the specific industry.
Pulse Engineering, Inc. v. Mascon, Inc., No. 08-cv-0595 (S.D. Cal. filed Apr. 1, 2008).
Copyright enforcement for Broadcast Music Inc., et al.
Successfully represented Broadcast Music Inc., recording artists, publishing companies, and a performance rights society in a series of copyright enforcement actions to enjoin the unauthorized public performance of musical works.
Rambus Inc. v. Freescale Semiconductor Inc. et al.
Successfully represented respondents LSI Corp. and Seagate Technologies in defense of a patent infringement action involving external memory controllers and serializer/deserializer interfaces used in integrated circuits.
In re Certain Semiconductor Chips and Products Containing Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-753.
Inter partes reviews for Hunter Douglas, Inc. and Andrew J. Toti Testamentary Trust
Kilpatrick Townsend filed an infringement lawsuit on behalf of Hunter Douglas Inc., manufacturer of window coverings and architectural products, and Andrew J. Toti Testamentary Trust against Norman International for infringement of window covering patents. Norman responded by filing eight IPRs on four patents in the lawsuit. Kilpatrick Townsend successfully argued that six of the IPR trials should not be instituted, and was able to limit the IPR trials to just three claims total on the other two petitions.
United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Case Numbers IPR2014-00276, IPR2014-00282, IPR2014-00283, IPR2014-00286, IPR2014-01173, IPR2014-01174, IPR2014-01175, and IPR2014-01176.
In re Certain Audiovisual Components and Products Containing the Same
The firm represented complainants LSI Corporation and Agere Systems LLC in this investigation involving video decoder and wireless local area network patents. Following the evidentiary hearing, the ALJ determined that an exclusion order was appropriate.
In re Certain Audiovisual Components and Products Containing the Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-837.
In re Certain Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Using Tungsten Metallization and Products Containing the Same
Represented LSI Corporation, a global semiconductor technology company, in an ITC investigation involving numerous participants in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.
In re Certain Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Using Tungsten Metallization and Products Containing the Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-648.
2-Way Computing, Inc. v. Sprint Nextel Corp., et al.
Represented defendant mobile phone company against patent infringement allegations involving push-to-talk mobile phone technology.
2-Way Computing, Inc. v. Sprint Nextel Corp., et al., No. 11-cv-00012 (D. Nev. filed January 5, 2011).
Bebe au Lait v. Mothers Lounge, et al.
Successfully represented the defendant manufacturer and seller of premium children’s products against claims of patent infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition.
Bebe au Lait LLC v. Mothers Lounge LLC, et al., No. 13-cv-3035 (N.D. Cal. filed July 2, 2013).
Smart Systems Innovations LLC v. Chicago Transit Authority, et al.
Represents defendant 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. The case remains pending as to the last patent.
Smart Systems Innovations LLC v. Chicago Transit Authority, et al., No. 14-cv-08053 (N.D. Ill. filed October 15, 2014).
Rufflebutts, Inc. v. Mothers Lounge, et al.
Successfully represented the defendant 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 filed July 4, 2014).
Largan Precision Co. v. Genius Electronic Optical Co.
Represents defendant manufacturer and seller of optical lenses against claims of patent infringement. Obtained summary judgment on the vast majority of the plaintiff’s claims, and the case currently is on appeal.
Largan Precision Co. v. Genius Electronic Optical Co., 13-cv-02502 (N.D. Cal. filed June 4, 2013).
In re the Application of Bradley Reed Warren v. Emily Rebecca Ryan
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).
In re the Application of Raquel Fabiola Marquez Avila v. Rolando Contreras Gallegos
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).
In re the Application of Anthony Leigh Stead v. Davina Menduno
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).
U.S. Patent Litigation Strategy: Section 337 Investigations at the ITC, China Intellectual Property & Innovation Summit 2018 (CIPIS 2018), April 11-13, 2018
Recent Developments in U.S. Patent Law, 2016 Patent Law Forum, October 28, 2016, Tokyo, Japan
Post Grant Proceedings at the United States Patent Office, 2016 Patent Law Forum, October 28, 2016, Tokyo, Japan
Protecting Your Company and Salespeople at U.S. Trade Shows, Intellectual Property Law Seminar, October 25, 2016, Shanghai, China
Practice Management Around 285 – Protecting Yourself from Sanctions, May 2015
Best Practices with Respect to Inequitable Conduct Allegations During Patent Infringement Litigation, June 2011
“ESI: When Can Discovery Be Limited and Who Pays for Production?,” American Bar Association – Technology for the Litigator, November 2010
“A Return to Reason: Antitrust Treatment of Pharmaceutical Settlements Under the Hatch-Waxman Act,” 40 Gonzaga Law Review, May 2005