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Krista S. Schwartz


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  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D. with high honors 1996; Order of the Coif; Chicago-Kent Law Review); Northwestern University (M.S. in Computer Science 1991); University of Illinois (B.S. in Computer Engineering 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • California; Illinois; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of California, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Michigan, and Northern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Krista Schwartz is a seasoned trial lawyer who litigates patent, copyright, trade secret, and complex contract cases for some of the world's largest technology companies. She has successfully tried patent, copyright, and contract cases to verdict.

Her cases involve complex technologies ranging from search engines, semiconductors, signal processing, cellular devices, EDA and mathematical modeling software, to medical devices. In a bet-the-company patent case Krista tried, the jury found no infringement of one patent and awarded minimal damages, while the invalidity case provided a simple design-around that withstood a contempt challenge. She also handles copyright cases for some of the world's largest software companies. In a software copyright case arising from a competitor's use of the client's command set in competing software, Krista led the case through trial. The jury found infringement, rejected a fair use defense, and awarded $30.4 million.

Krista has successfully resolved numerous cases short of trial on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Representing a software company plaintiff against a competitor, she obtained consent judgments and injunctions in two separate cases. Recently, she won summary judgment for a client accused of infringing a family of patents related to distribution of satellite signals.

She also represents clients in PTAB proceedings. In a recent IPR Krista led relating to search engine results, the PTAB initiated IPR proceedings on all requested claims and found all claims unpatentable.

Prior to law school, Krista worked for AT&T Bell Labs, and she is a named inventor on more than 20 patents stemming from her work at Bell Labs.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Managing Intellectual Property — IP Star (2014-2018)

    Daily Journal "Top 100 Women Lawyers in California" (2017, 2018) and "Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California" (2017)

    National Law Journal "IP Trailblazers" (2017)

    The Recorder "Women Leaders in Tech Law" (2017)
Krista Schwartz