Christopher T. La Testa

Senior Discovery Counsel
La Testa Christopher

Chris La Testa is an experienced technology attorney. Chris represents clients in complex civil litigation matters, including intellectual property (i.e., patent, trademark, and copyright), pharmaceutical, and products liability disputes. Chris assists commercial and intellectual property litigation teams in managing all aspects of discovery through the development of targeted, cost-effective discovery plans. He counsels corporate clients on e-discovery best practices and processes, advises on privacy and privilege law, and develops and manages legally defensible, cost-effective protocols and guidelines for the collection, processing, review, and production of documents.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Represented the plaintiff pharmaceutical company in antitrust litigation against the manufacturer of Suboxone, an opiate addiction treatment. (Suboxone Antitrust Litigation)
  • Defended patent litigations brought by the client’s competitor, involving systems designed to improve the efficiency of utility-scale power generation facilities. Successful defense of two preliminary injunction motions. Cases settled after positive results obtained from inter partes reviews challenging the plaintiff’s asserted claims. (TAS Energy, Inc. v. Stellar Energy Americas, Inc.)
  • Served as counsel for defendants in two separate patent infringement cases involving video compression. Obtained dismissal of both cases at the close of fact and expert discovery, and obtained an award of fees and costs. Cases currently on appeal before the Federal Circuit. (Automated Video Tech., LLC. V. BlackBerry Corp. et al.)
  • Represented defendants in a case alleging infringement of multiple patents concerning data encryption and cryptography. Obtained a stipulation of noninfringement of the majority of patents in the case. (TecSec, Inc. v. International Business Machines Corp., et al.)
  • Defended a pharmaceutical company in a Section 337 proceeding before the International Trade Commission, regarding patent, trade secret, unfair competition, and tortious conversion claims concerning viral vaccine products. Obtained summary judgment on all claims, including misappropriation of the virus and unfair competition, before federal district court. (Bavarian Nordic A/S v. Acambis Inc.)

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. summa cum laude University of Baltimore School of Law 2004
    • Heuisler Honor Society
    • Recipient, C. Richard Martin Award
    • Articles Editor, University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Virginia 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association; former chair, Technology Committee, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • Member, Board of Directors, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Recognition
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  • Included in Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star Edition, 2014

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Assists pro bono clients in tax disputes before the IRS, nonprofit corporate formation, and trademark counseling