Chris Ponder is an intellectual property lawyer who focuses on complex patent and business litigation that often involves competitors. Mr. Ponder's litigation experience includes conducting and managing fact and expert discovery, and developing claims and defenses. Mr. Ponder has extensive experience in motion advocacy, and routinely argues motions in federal court. He has taken depositions of high-level corporate executives (including a chief operating officer, a chief technology officer, and a general counsel), as well as expert witnesses. He has worked on several inter partes review proceedings related to active district court litigation.
At Baker Botts, Mr. Ponder has taken part in five jury trials involving patent infringement and other commercial claims. Intellectual property counseling matters have included assisting clients with negotiating and evaluating patent licenses, and evaluating software license agreements, and responding to trademark and copyright infringement issues.
Before rejoining the firm in 2013, Mr. Ponder served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roy S. Payne of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.