Christopher A. Shield
Partner

Preparing for trial from day one is the most effective strategy to accomplish my client’s litigation goals. It puts opponents on notice that we are ready and willing to go the distance, which enhances the prospects of reaching a favorable result. If a trial is ultimately necessary, my clients know that we are fully prepared to deliver a compelling case to achieve the best possible outcome in the courtroom.

Christopher "Chris" A. Shield is a skilled trial lawyer with significant experience prosecuting and defending intellectual property litigation matters in jurisdictions across the country, with an emphasis on complex patent, trademark and copyright disputes. He has led clients to positive outcomes in difficult cases arising out of a diverse range of industries, from oilfield services, oil and gas exploration, chemical refining, ecommerce and website technology to telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and many more.

In addition, Chris has helped clients resolve commercial litigation matters involving antitrust claims, trade secret theft, breach of contract, non-compete agreements and other business disputes. He also provides strategic guidance on a variety of challenging matters, including IP infringement studies and opinions, licensing, IP asset acquisitions, privacy issues and cost-efficient resolution of disputes outside the courtroom.

Chris brings a valuable engineering background to his litigation practice. Before law school, he worked as an engineering consultant, professional engineer and project manager on a number of healthcare and research facility projects. Chris holds a professional engineering license in Texas and a mechanical engineering license in California.

Representative Experience

Patents

  • Represented online retailer in district court and Federal Circuit regarding patent infringement matter regarding website technology resulting in affirmed findings of non-infringement and invalidity of patents-in-suit
  • Represented refinery chemical manufacturer in patent infringement matter regarding desalter processes resulting in a preliminary injunction affirmed by the Federal Circuit
  • Represented online retailer in district court and Federal Circuit regarding patent infringement matter related to smartphone technology resulting in affirmed findings of non-infringement and invalidity of patents-in-suit
  • Represented manufacturing client in defense of Walker-Process anti-trust allegations
  • Represented over-the-counter manufacturer regarding patent infringement matter regarding trans-dermal medical patch technology
  • Represented client in inventorship dispute regarding patented technology related to automatic tire pressure systems
  • Represented generic pharmaceutical company regarding ANDA litigation regarding eye treatments related to glaucoma
  • Represented oil field services client regarding multiple patent matters related to downhole expandable reamer technology
  • Represented oil field services client regarding patent infringement matter related to liner casing technology
  • Represented oil field services client patent regarding patent infringement matter related to downhole pump technology
  • Represented online retailer regarding patent infringement matter regarding website technology related automated notification and monitoring systems
  • Represented online retailer regarding patent infringement matter regarding website technology related to dynamically created websites
  • Represented online retailer regarding patent infringement matter regarding website technology related to maintaining state in internet transactions
  • Represented online retailer regarding patent infringement matter regarding website technology related hierarchical node structure and dynamic webpage generation
  • Represented online retailer regarding patent infringement matter regarding website technology related online advertisement management systems
  • Represented online auction website regarding patent infringement matter regarding website search technology
  • Represented online retailer regarding patent infringement matter regarding website technology related to manipulation of images
  • Represented online retailer in district court and Federal Circuit regarding patent infringement matter regarding website technologies resulting in determination that technology could not apply to websites 
  • Represented online retailer regarding patent infringement matter regarding website functionality and maintaining state in stateless protocols
  • Represented online retailer regarding patent infringement matter regarding camera technology
  • Represented client regarding patent infringement matter regarding on-line gaming  
  • Represented stored-value-card service provider regarding patent infringement matter for financial services technology related to stored value and pre-paid card services

Trademarks

  • Represented consulting firm regarding trademark infringement, reverse confusion, unfair competition and dilution by pay day lender regarding marks related to financial services
  • Represented online retailer regarding trademark infringement and unfair competition allegations
  • Represented training company regarding infringement of its certification marks

Copyrights

  • Assisted software company in reviewing copyright issues related to enterprise software related to ownership issues
  • Assisted non-profit with development of copyright policies
  • Advised clients regarding copyright issues related to advertising and website design

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented oilfield services client in theft of its trade secret litigation related to oilfield services technology
  • Represented client in breach of contract litigation related to failed software development project
  • Represented insurance client in breach of contract regarding sale on insurance company assets

Advice and Transactions

  • Negotiated the purchase of patented technology for manufacturing company
  • Negotiated sale of software company
Thought Leadership / News
March 22, 2021 
 In the News

Law360 (subscription required)

July/August 2016 
 Thought Leadership
Test for Enhanced Damages

IP Magazine

2016 
 Speeches and Presentations
How Will Patent Litigation Look in Five Years?

Global Legal and IP Conference

Honors
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters, 2009 – 2010, 2013 – 2014)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Houston Journal of International Law, University of Houston Law Center
  • Distinguished Service Award, University of Houston Law Center (2004)
Organizational Involvement

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Foundation
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Secretary (2011 – 2012)
    • Board Member (2008 – 2009)

Community Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Buffalo Bayou ArtPark
    • Board Member (2003 – 2011)
    • President (2005 – 2011)
Education
  • J.D., with honors, University of Houston Law Center (2004)
  • B.S., Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University (1994)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Running our family ice cream business, Moooseum Ice Cream
  • Co-coaching my daughter’s robotics team – we once made it FLL Jr. Worlds