Christy Von der Ahe Rayburn litigates high-profile, high-stakes technology disputes on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. She has a depth of experience in patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation at every stage, including both trial and appeal in federal courts. She practices before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the U.S. International Trade Commission.
As a member of the patent bar and a Stanford-trained mechanical engineer, Christy is quick to understand the technology at issue in her clients’ matters. She is also able to translate that technical understanding into clear and effective oral and written communications to the courts.
In June 2017, Ms. Rayburn argued before the California Supreme Court, challenging California’s 2016 death penalty initiative measure (Proposition 66). Her work on that matter and others earned her the American Inns of Court 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service, presented at the United States Supreme Court. Christy has repeatedly been named to the Southern California Rising Stars list.
Before joining Hueston Hennigan, Ms. Rayburn was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she represented clients such as Oracle, Foxconn, Facebook, and NVDIA.
Ms. Rayburn is a founding member of the Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property Inn of Court in Orange County, and has served that organization as Secretary, Membership Chair, Programs Chair, and member of the Board. She publishes and speaks frequently on intellectual property matters. Ms. Rayburn serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project.
Won a motion for preliminary injunction for ClearOne Inc. in a patent infringement suit, enjoining a large, multinational competitor’s manufacture, marketing, and sale of a competing, infringing product.
Won a Federal Circuit appeal upholding a PTAB Inter Partes Review decision affirming the validity of a ClearOne Inc. patent.
Representing Monster Energy Company in connection with patent and trademark matters against Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Obtained favorable settlement for Peloton Interactive Inc. – including admissions of patent validity, intentional copying and an agreement to immediately cease using Peloton’s patented leaderboard technology – after prevailing on an Alice challenge and virtually every other motion. (See “Peloton, Flywheel Settle Legal Disputes Over Fitness Bike Tech,” Wall Street Journal; “Peloton, Flywheel Agree To End Patent Fight Over Bike Tech,” Law360).
Representing Palantir Technologies in a case involving misappropriation of trade secrets and other wrongful conduct.
Achieved favorable settlement for Oracle in its highly publicized litigation against the State of Oregon over development of the state’s online health insurance marketplace.
Represented Oracle in its ongoing high-profile copyright litigation against Google regarding the Android operating system.
Obtained summary judgment and an attorney’s fees award for Nvidia on claims of patent infringement related to graphics processor chips.
Won summary judgment on behalf of Oracle in a patent infringement case related to pharmacovigilance software.
Defended Foxconn and Hon Hai in patent infringement matter relating to electrical connectors.
Defended Bosch, Foxconn, and Hon Hai before the U.S. International Trade Commission in patent infringement matter relating to automotive Body Control Modules.
Represented Brocade Communications Systems at trial in patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation suit against A10 Networks.
Consulted portfolio analytics company on patent infringement matters during successful acquisition.
Defended several joint defendants across multiple jurisdictions in e-commerce-related patent infringement matter.
Defended several joint defendants across multiple jurisdiction in a second e-commerce-related patent infringement matter.
Represented plaintiff in obtaining favorable settlement of patent infringement matter relating to sporting goods equipment.
Obtained favorable settlement for defendant in patent infringement matter related to flooring technology.
Argued before the California Supreme Court in a challenge to California’s Proposition 66 that achieved a favorable reinterpretation of that initiative statute.
Achieved favorable settlement for technology company in contract dispute matter.
- Named to the Southern California Rising Stars list (2018, 2020)
Steering Committee, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project