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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 cases for the world's largest technology companies. She has tried patent, copyright, and contract cases to verdict. As noted by IAM magazine, Krista is an "extremely well-organised lawyer who is on top of the finest details [and] who knows how to be effective without being bombastic."

Her cases involve technologies ranging from search engines, semiconductors, cellular devices, and medical devices to EDA and operating systems software. 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. She also handles complex software copyright cases. In a 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. 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 relating to the presentation of search engine results that Krista led, the PTAB found all requested claims unpatentable.

Prior to law school, Krista worked for AT&T Bell Labs, where she was an inventor on more than 20 patents relating to desktop video conferencing.

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)

    IAM Patent 1000 (2018)

    The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation — Intellectual Property (2019)
Krista Schwartz