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Christopher M. Verdini

Partner
+1.412.355.6766
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Verdini's practice focuses on intellecual property litigation, intellecual property counseling and general commercial litigation. He was part of the trial team that won a $1.17 billion verdict in a patent infringement case; the largest verdict in the U.S. in 2012 as reported by the National Law Journal and the third largest ever in a patent case. Mr. Verdini also has handled litigation of trademarks, copyrights, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition/false advertising cases. He counsels clients on clearance, registration and maintenance of trademarks in the U.S. and internationally and evaluates consumer product and packaging designs for trade dress, trademark, copyright and patent issues. In addition, Mr. Verdini has handled trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as well as general commercial litigation, such as contract disputes.

Achievements

  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars List, 2014

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Barrister, Intellectual Property Inn of Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Member of Advisory Committee for the Study of the Local Patent Rules for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • Member of Advisory Committee for the study of the Local Rules for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Member, 2014 Federal Circuit Bar Association Advanced Complex Patent Litigation Series, Western District of Pennsylvania, March 2014
  • Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., No. 09-cv-00290 (W.D. Pa.) -- Patent Infringement -- Part of trial team that won 2012’s largest verdict in the U.S. as reported by the National Law Journal.
  • Grant Street Group, Inc. v. Realauction.com, LLC, No. 09-cv-01047 (W.D. Pa.) -- Patent Infringement -- Part of trial team that won a multi-million jury on behalf of private company that develops software for and hosts computer-mediated auctions of financial and legal instruments.
  • T.F.H. Publications, Inc. v. The Blue Buffalo Company Ltd. and Dad’s Products Company, Inc., 12-cv-0698 (D.N.J.) -- Patent Infringement -- Part of defense team representing manufacturer and seller of dog food in claim relating to a method for making dog chews. Case successfully settled prior to claim construction.
  • World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., et. al. v. AWA Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., et al., 07-cv-02058 (D. Minn.) -- Trademark Infringement -- Obtained summary judgment of trademark infringement and obtained permanent injunction.
  • Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show, Inc. v. Scripps Networks Inc. and E.W. Scripps Co., No. 03-1477 (W.D. Pa.) -- Trademark Infringement -- Defense counsel for leading developer of lifestyle-content for television and the Internet in action seeking to prevent use of phrase “Dream Home.” Case successfully settled prior to trial.
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation v. Jeffery Roger Munk, Advanced Technologies and SkyCat Corp., No. 07-cv-1792 (C.D. Cal.) -- Patent Inventorship -- Defense counsel for inventor of hybrid air technology on a claim of co-inventorship. Case successfully settled on the eve of trial.
  • Howard Industries, Inc. v. Allegheny Ludlum Corp. d/b/a ATI Allegheny Ludlum, 10-cv-00104 (W.D. Pa.) -- Contract -- Obtained summary judgment against one of the largest electrical transformer manufacturers in the world, in a declaratory judgment action requesting termination of contract for the purchase of grain oriented electrical steel. After obtaining summary judgment that required continued performance under the contract, the case successfully settled.
  • James Young v. Bacou-Dalloz Fall Protection, Inc., 07-cv-169 (W.D. Pa.) -- Trade Secrets -- Defense counsel for manufacturer of personal protective equipment in claim of misappropriation of trade secrets relating to development of safety device. Case successfully settled.