Christopher Eppich

Christopher K. Eppich

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Covington & Burling LLP
2029 Century Park East
Suite 3100
Los Angeles, CA 90067-3044
Tel: +1 858 678 1805
Fax: +858 678 1605



  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 2003
    • cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Santa Clara Law Review, Technical Editor
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., 2000
    • Chemical Engineering

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Chris Eppich advises domestic and international clients through complex intellectual property disputes. Mr. Eppich has particular experience representing companies in patent litigations and trade secret disputes in a range of arts and practices, including semiconductor products and processes, mobile device components, medical devices, and chemical and pharmaceutical processes. Mr. Eppich has served as lead and co-lead counsel in commercial arbitrations and trials and has been recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Representing one of the world’s largest car manufacturers in patent litigation involving traffic, navigation and GPS systems.
  • Therm-Tech AS v. BioLite Inc. (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California). Lead counsel to a green-energy company in its successful resolution of patent litigation involving thermo-electric generator technology.
  • Peregrine Semiconductor v. RF Micro Devices (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, ITC Section 337). Secured favorable settlement for Peregrine Semiconductor in a multi-patent litigation involving radio frequency switch devices.
  • Successfully defended one of the world’s largest smartphone and tablet manufacturer in a multi-front patent litigation seeking over a half-billion dollars in damages and an injunction for the infringement of six allegedly standards-essential patents subject to complex FRAND licensing issues.

Honors and Rankings

  • San Diego Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property "Rising Star" (2015)

Pro Bono

  • Regularly advises non-profit organizations on trademark matters.
  • Successfully represented an indigent client in a habeas proceeding challenging a life sentence without parole under California’s Three Strikes law in Orange County Superior Court.
  • Successfully obtained political asylum for an indigent refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association

Publications and Speeches

  • "It’s Not Just About Winning, It’s Also About How You Play the Game: How Recent Decisions Are Impacting Litigation Strategy," Association of Corporate Counsel, San Diego Chapter (1/13/2015)
  • "United States Litigation and Prosecution After Festo III," IP Value 2004: Building and Enforcing IP Value: An International Guide for the Boardroom (7/22/2005), Author
  • "Patent Dilemma: Drugs for Profit v. Drugs for Health," Santa Clara Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 1 (7/22/2005), Author
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