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Christopher M. Verdini

Partner
+1.412.355.6766
Fax +1.412.355.6501
Mr. Verdini is a trial attorney who focuses on intellecual property litigation and intellecual property counseling. He played a lead role in the pretrial and trial efforts that led to obtaining a $1.17 billion verdict for a client 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 obtained one of the largest verdicts in Pennsylvania in 2013 for a client in a patent infringement case. Mr. Verdini litigates trademark infringement, copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition/false advertising cases. He counsels entertainment, media and consumer product clients on trademark clearance, registration, maintenance and enforcement issues and litigates trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Among other clients, Mr. Verdini represents World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. in trademark infringement cases, trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings and intellectual property and contract disputes. He leads the intellectual property enforcement efforts of a well-known music band and has counseled a large retailer on trademark, trade dress and copyright issues. Mr. Verdini has tried patent infringement and copyright infringement cases and managed large intellectual property litigations through all major stages, including arguing summary judgment, pretrial and post-trial motions.

Mr. Verdini is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Study of the Local Patent Rules and of the Local Civil Rules for the Western District of Pennsylvania, co-author of the intellectual property chapters in the “Expert Witness Answer Book” that the Practising Law Institute has published annually since 2012 and was selected to the Pennsylania Rising Star List in 2014. While an undergraduate at Harvard University, Mr. Verdini was a two-time letterwinner for the Harvard football team.

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 -- 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 -- Obtained a multi-milliondollar jury verdict on behalf of a 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 -- Defended manufacturer and seller of dog food patent infridgement suit 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 -- Defended leading developer of lifestyle-content for television and the Internet in action seeking to prevent use of phrase “Dream Home.”
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation v. Jeffery Roger Munk, Advanced Technologies and SkyCat Corp., No. 07-cv-1792 (C.D. Cal.) -- Patent Inventorship -- Defended inventor of hybrid air technology against 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 -- Defended manufacturer of personal protective equipment in claim of misappropriation of trade secrets relating to development of safety device. Case successfully settled.