Awards & Rankings 08.15.18
Impressive Showing Includes Five “Lawyer of the Year” Recognitions
Chris Kao is based in Pillsbury’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, where he focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Chris is the co-leader of Pillsbury’s Taiwan practice.
Chris is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer representing technology companies in patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets litigation, and other high-stakes commercial disputes. He has represented companies in the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, telecommunications, biotechnology, and consumer products industries in federal and state courts throughout the country, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has extensive experience litigating Covered Business Method and inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Chris also regularly advises clients on privacy and cybersecurity issues and is designated a Certified International Privacy Professional/US by the IAPP.
Before joining Pillsbury, Chris was the Office Managing Partner of another firm’s Silicon Valley office.
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1999
with honors, President, Harvard Journal on Legislation
B.A., Government and History, Dartmouth College, 1996
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States District Court for the Central Northern and Southern District of California
United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Registered Foreign Attorney in Taiwan (Member of Taipei Bar Association)
Law clerk for the Honorable Carol B. Amon, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2000-2001)