Krista Schwartz

Krista Schwartz

San Francisco

Email krista.schwartz@​

Phone +1 415 374 2300

Fax +1 415 374 2499

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

A seasoned trial lawyer, praised for her effectiveness and attention to detail, Krista Schwartz successfully tackles IP disputes for the world's largest technology companies. Krista litigates patent, copyright, trade secret, and other complex IP cases. She has successfully tried patent, copyright, and contract cases to verdict.

Krista's practice focuses on technologies ranging from search engines, semiconductors, cellular devices, and medical devices to electronic design automation and operating systems software. She also handles complex software copyright cases.

As a first-chair trial litigator, Krista has seen it all. She has successfully tried competitor cases through jury trial resulting in infringement, rejected fair use, and awards upwards of US$30 million. She has also successfully navigated tech companies in "bet-the-company" patent disputes through jury trial. Krista regularly represents clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In a recent inter partes review relating to search engine results, Krista secured a win for her client when the PTAB found all requested claims unpatentable.

Krista holds several advanced technical degrees, including an M.S. in Computer Science, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering. Prior to law school, Krista worked for AT&T Bell Labs, where she was an inventor on more than 20 patents relating to desktop video conferencing.

Awards and recognitions


Top Intellectual Property Lawyer
Daily Journal


Patent Star: California
Managing IP


Intellectual Property: Patents: Litigation (Full Coverage), Recommended
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, high honors, Order of the Coif, 1996

M.S. Computer Science, Northwestern University, 1991

B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, 1989

Bar admissions and qualifications



Court admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

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