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Chris Bovenkamp is a principal in the Dallas office of McKool Smith whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation with a particular emphasis on patent litigation. 

Chris has experience in the courtroom at the state and federal level, including the ITC. He has handled cases involving a wide range of technologies such as LTE, WCDMA, and 802.11 wireless, USB, integrated circuits, point-of-sale activation of prepaid cards, and call center scheduling software. 

Chris also has experience with trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and copyright litigation.


Representative Matters

  • Ericsson. Represented Ericsson against Samsung before the ITC in both Ericsson’s offensive case and defensive case. Both cases involved LTE and WCDMA-related technology and patents. Chris participated in both hearings, and the cases settled on terms favorable to Ericsson prior to the Initial Determination.
    Chris also participated in securing a favorable jury verdict in Ericsson v. Harris, a patent case involving telecommunications integrated circuits and semiconductor fabrication patents. The Federal Circuit affirmed a jury verdict awarding lost profits and a permanent injunction.
  • Red River v. Verizon. Successfully enforced a patent covering Verizon’s FiOS fiber-optic network. After hard-fought litigation against Verizon and other major telecommunications providers, all of the defendants settled shortly before trial.
  • i2 Technologies, Inc. (now JDA Software Group) v. SAP and Oracle.  Represented i2 as a plaintiff in patent litigation against SAP and Oracle. i2 asserted a number of patents related to supply chain planning and application management. The cases involved highly complex computer software and ultimately settled. SAP settled shortly after the Markman hearing and Oracle settled following the pretrial conference.
  • TGIP v. AT&T.  Helped secure a jury verdict that was, at the time, the largest jury verdict in the Eastern District of Texas. The case involved patents related to the point-of-sale activation of prepaid calling cards. After a JMOL of non-infringement, the case settled during appeal. In addition to jury verdict, one defendant settled the second day of trial for a favorable amount.
  • Anascape v. Nintendo. Represented Anascape at trial against Nintendo. The case involved Nintendo’s Wii-game controllers. At trial, Nintendo brought one of the original designers of the Wii from Japan. Nonetheless, the jury entered a very favorable verdict on infringement and damages against Nintendo.
  • Omni Financial. Successfully defended a lending company at trial against allegations of trade secret and trade dress misappropriation in Pioneer v. Omni Financial. Part of this case involved the manner in which competitors could make use of business names in the metatags of a website on the internet. A take-nothing judgment was obtained after a one-week trial.
  • IEX. Represented the patent holder in IEX v. Blue Pumpkin—an action to enforce patents protecting the software IEX used to schedule agents in telephone call centers. Chris' representation included advocacy at the Markman hearing and the successful reversal of a summary judgment entered by the District Court. 


Rankings & Honors

  • Named a Texas "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2011-2013

Media & Events




J.D., magna cum laude, Texas Tech School of Law, 1998

B.S., cum laude, Computer Science, Texas Christian University, 1995

B.S., cum laude, Criminal Justice, Texas Christian University, 1995

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
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