Chris Gibson is a founder of the firm and has devoted much of his practice to intellectual property. He has tried more than sixty cases in state and federal courts throughout California, including actions for patent, copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, antitrust and breach of contract.
Chris entered law school at the University of California at Davis and graduated in 1976 after teaching, working in construction, running a political campaign, and leading wilderness expeditions. Chris has been married since 1977 to Dr. Patrice Gibson, a professor of anthropology. They have two sons, one a lawyer in Sacramento, and the other a professor at the University of Hong Kong.
Honesty is an important part of my law practice. That includes being honest with myself, my colleagues, and my clients, nurtured by open communication.
I focus on intellectual property litigation. I have tried many cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.
Early in my career, I tried a software patent infringement case with antitrust counterclaims that went to the Federal Circuit. The trial judge gave each side only 15 hours to try its case—even though it was extremely complicated. That made me focus with precision on what was important. Moving forward in my practice, I was always careful not to waste time on anything that wasn’t critical to the case.
I recently returned to Stanford and earned a master’s degree in liberal arts, taking seminars and writing papers. My program began with the Bible and Koran, and studying Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism. It ended with my thesis on Charles Darwin’s religious beliefs.
Note, “Co-Conspirator Declarations: Constitutional Defects in the Admission Procedure,” 9 University of California at Davis Law Review 63
Teacher for courses at University of California at Davis, Law School
Presented programs on intellectual property issues for California Continuing Education of the Bar and other groups
Seminar speaker for local business organizations including the Chamber of Commerce
I like litigating cases with good, experienced lawyers on the other side. We can avoid fights over egos and cases becoming about the lawyers instead of the clients. Being contentious with a counterpart is a distraction that doesn’t benefit the clients and wastes time and money.
After a six-week state court trial, obtained judgment for defendants sued for misappropriation of trade secrets. The Court of Appeal affirmed an award of attorney’s fees in excess of $500,000.
Represented software manufacturer in copyright infringement action against former employee. A federal court trial concluded with a permanent injunction from publishing and marketing software, damages, and an attorney’s fees award.
Represented defendant in patent infringement lawsuit. After federal court jury trial, obtained judgment that patent was unenforceable because of patentee’s inequitable conduct before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Obtained directed verdict after seven-week jury trial upholding enforceability of confidentiality agreement in trade secrets case.
Prosecuted and defended numerous motions for preliminary injunctions in trademark matters.
Reported cases include:
Wordtech Systems, Inc. v. Integrated Networks Solutions, Inc., 609 F.3d 1308 (Fed. Cir. 2010). Patent case reviewing award of royalties and liability of corporate officers for infringement by corporation.
Cabinet Vision v. Cabnetware, 129 F.3d 595 (Fed. Cir. 1997). Reviewing Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial in patent case involving defense of inequitable conduct and antitrust counterclaim.
Valley Engineers, Inc. v. Electric Engineering Co., 158 F.3d 1051 (9th Cir. 1998). Affirming dismissal of complaint as sanction for discovery violation.
International Billing Services, Inc. v. Emigh, 84 Cal. App. 4th 1175 (2000). Reviewing award of attorney’s fees under written confidentiality agreement.
Kapusta v. Gale Corp., 457 F.Supp.2d 1051 (E.D. Cal. 2006). Obtained summary judgment of patent infringement after remand from Federal Circuit.
Meridian Project Systems, Inc. v. Hardin Const. Co., LLC, 426 F.Supp.2d 1101 (E.D. Cal. 2006). Order on summary judgment in software copyright infringement action.