Christopher Cox is a Litigation partner in Weil’s Silicon Valley office, where he leads the Firm’s California complex commercial litigation practice. Mr. Cox has more than 25 years of experience litigating matters in state and federal courts in California and throughout the country, as well as in the binding arbitration forum.
He also counsels both domestic and international clients on a wide variety of intellectual property, employment, and other litigation matters. Mr. Cox also is a member of the Firm’s Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group.
A significant part of Mr. Cox’s practice focuses on trade secret and patent litigation. His experience in these areas covers the full spectrum of technologies, including flash memory, optoelectronics, optical discs, computer storage and processing, electronic design automation, internet communications, telecommunications hardware and software, circuit simulation, software encryption, medical devices and other products.
Mr. Cox also has extensive experience with the intersection of trade secret and employee mobility issues, including those arising under California Business and Professions Code 16600. Mr. Cox also regularly counsels clients on protecting confidential information and conducting internal investigations to manage and protect intellectual property.
He has been recognized as a recommended lawyer in the areas of commercial litigation, labor and employment litigation, and trade secrets litigation by Legal 500 US, which notes his “thought leadership on the trade secrets issues arising out of employee mobility,” ‘‘his deep trade secrets experience and history of success handling large, multi-jurisdictional disputes,” and his “subject matter expertise along with an understanding of technology, litigation strategy, crisis management, forensics, and e-discovery.”
Mr. Cox speaks regularly on a variety of legal topics, including crisis management, cyber security and privacy, litigation and trial strategy, intellectual property and e-discovery. He also teaches a course on professionalism and persuasive writing to all incoming Weil associates, and advises in-house counsel on litigation management, internal investigations, witness preparation, discovery and other issues.
- Shinan Bank v. Lehman Brothers – secured a victory for Lehman Brothers when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed decisions from the Bankruptcy and District courts requiring Shinhan Bank to honor a confidential settlement reached within one of Lehman’s bankruptcy adversary proceedings.
- Illumina v. Ariosa – counsel for plaintiff in jury trial in Northern District of California involving claims of patent infringement and counterclaims for breach of contract involving gene sequencing technology. The result was a $27 million favorable jury verdict on patent claims and complete defense verdict on contract claims.
- Lexar Media, Inc. v. Toshiba – counsel for Lexar in successful jury trial in Santa Clara, California state court over trade secret misappropriation and breach of fiduciary duty involving pioneering flash memory technology. The $465.4 million jury award is the largest in that court’s history and the third largest ever in a US intellectual property trial.
- US Court of Appeals 9th Cir.
- Central District California
- Eastern District California
- US Ct App Federal Circuit
- Northern District California
- Southern District California
- US Dist Court Eastern Dist Tex
- US Supreme Court
- SUNY Albany (B.A., 1985)
- Western New England (J.D., 1990)
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