Christopher S. Stretch

Chris Stretch has extensive experience in complex litigation that includes high stakes patent cases before the district courts and the ITC, inventorship disputes, anti-trust claims, trade secret misappropriation and all manner of other  intellectual property disputes.

He has represented clients throughout the United States in litigation at the trial and appellate court levels, in arbitration and in other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Prior to joining the firm, Chris clerked for the Honorable Edward A. Panelli of the California Supreme Court, was an associate at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, and a partner at Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder LLP before he joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in 2007.  He joined Keller Sloan Roman LLP as Special Counsel in 2013.

Chris currently represents Facebook in its patent litigation, and  has represented many of the best known companies across a variety of industries, including Samsung in its worldwide litigation against Apple.  He has successfully represented a variety of semiconductor manufacturers, as well as electronics and software companies over the last decade, including Motorola, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, SAP, Qualcomm, Google, Yahoo!, EMC, Solidworks, and Siliconix among others.  In the biotech field, Chris has represented Amgen extensively in patent litigation related to two of its flagship products, Epogen® and Neupogen®, as well as Johnson & Johnson.


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., cum laude (1993)
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., with honors, in Economics (1990)

Admitted to Practice

  • California State Courts (1993)
  • Northern District of California (1993)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1993)
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (2004)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association

Notable Engagements

The following are examples of matters Chris has handled:

  • Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics (N.D. California)(Represented Samsung in this seminal case involving trademark, trade dress, utility and design patents on the iPhone, iPad, and certain iPods.)
  • Verizon v. Cablevision (ITC) (Represented Cablevision with respect to utility patents related to television set-top box hardware.)
  • Perfect 10 v. Google (C.D. Cal.)(Represented Google in its dispute over whether it’s display of thumbnail images of Perfect 10’s images (when a user searched for images) constituted fair use.)
  • Personalized Media Communications v. Motorola (E.D. Texas) (Represented Motorola in its dispute with PMC over PMC patents related to television signal transmission and reception.)
  • 3M v. Tredegar Corp. (D. Minn)(Fed. Cir.) (Represented Tredegar after it was sued by 3M alleging infringement of 3M patents involving elastomeric laminates.)
  • DiscLink v. Oracle Corp. (E.D. Texas) (Represented Oracle in its dispute with DiscLink over the use of compact disk technology.)
  • ePlus v. SAP (E.D. Virginia) (Represented SAP against claims that certain of its core offerings infringed patents related to basic internet functionality.)
  • Qualcomm v. Skyworks Solutions (S.D. Cal) (Represented Qualcomm in this litigation involving claims of trade secret theft and patent infringement by Skyworks Solutions.)
  • Affymax v. Johnson and Johnson (AAA arbitration)(Represented Johnson & Johnson in an inventorship  dispute over the discovery of a peptide that binds to the human erythropoietin receptor.)
  • Amgen v. Johnson and Johnson (AAA arbitration) (Represented Amgen is a series of disputes regarding the appropriate manner to market and allocate sales of the blockbuster drug “EPO”, sold by Amgen as Epogen and Johnson & Johnson as Procrit.)
  • Amgen v. Transkaryotic Therapies (D. Mass) (Represented Amgen in its allegations of patent infringement regarding EPO production in mammalian cells.)

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