Christine Yun Sauer

650.784.4040

Experience

An intellectual property trial lawyer with a chemistry background, Christine Yun Sauer has advised clients on IP disputes, patent office trials, and licensing monetization efforts across a vast range of technologies and industries. She represents plaintiffs and defendants ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies in district court, the PTAB, and the International Trade Commission.

Ms. Yun Sauer is particularly known for her experience in advising clients on the value of their patent portfolios in either litigation or licensing efforts. Ms. Yun Sauer is skilled at evaluating patent portfolios for their market impact and applying econometric techniques and thought in order to isolate the technology’s fair value in litigation and licensing. Ms. Yun Sauer further uses this experience to counsel clients on the development, protection, licensing, acquisition, and divestment of patents and core technology.

In addition to representing clients before the U.S. District Courts and PTAB, Ms. Yun Sauer has experience in the International Trade Commission, particularly as it relates to issues arising from international technology standards, such as licensing and FRAND. She advises her clients on how these fast-changing issues impact everything from licensing discussions to litigation strategy.

A leader within Robins Kaplan LLP, Christine serves as chair of the firm’s Racial, Ethnic, and Diversity Working Group, a member of the diversity-focused LEAD Committee, and a member of the Associate Advancement Committee. 

 

Advanced Micro Devices v. LG Electronics: Represented AMD in patent infringement litigation against LGE in the Northern District of California. AMD asserted infringement of nine patents covering a wide array of computer-based technologies critical to today’s high-end consumer electronics products, including patents claiming pioneering inventions in USB, GPU, thermal management, and graphics-related technologies. The case involved over 800 accused products, ranging from televisions to smartphones, BD players, projectors, and smart appliances. The matter was successfully resolved after Markman and prior to summary judgment.

Represented Xerox in the defense of a patent litigation lawsuit brought by U.S. Ethernet Innovations in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The case settled after Xerox filed summary judgment and Daubert motions.

Promega Corporation v. Applied Biosystems, LLC, Life Technologies Corporation, and California Institute of Technology:
Judge Richard A. Posner ruled in favor of our client, Promega Corporation, in a suit that it initiated against one of its competitors. In an opinion dated June 12, 2013 from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Judge Posner ruled that certain claims of U.S. Patent No. RE43,096, asserted against Promega, are invalid. Promega prevailed in its arguments that the claims of the '096 patent were invalid due to the breadth of the claim constructions that Defendants sought and obtained. Certain asserted claims were invalid for lack of written description support. While the patent describes an improvement to DNA sequencing, the breadth of the claims encompassed technologies that Caltech did not invent, including the PCR-based methods on which Promega's accused products are based. The asserted claims were additionally invalid as anticipated or obvious in view of the prior art, including a prior art patent to Caltech, which expired years ago. Judge Posner also found certain claims invalid for obviousness type double patenting. Defendants appealed various aspects of Judge Posner’s decision and the judgment. Six days after oral argument, the Federal Circuit summarily affirmed the judgment, awarding Promega a complete victory in the case.
U.S. Ethernet Innovations v. Digi International, Inc. et al.: Defense counsel for Digi International, Inc. in a patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Texas concerning Ethernet technology. Resolved on confidential terms prior to litigation.

Medafor v. Hemostasis:
Represented Medafor in a patent enforcement action involving hemostatic powder technology.

Represented one of the world leading hearing aid manufacturers in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas and the District of Minnesota. The case involved technology related to adjustable null placement. A settlement was reached at a very early stage in the case.

Trial counsel for the Guardian ad Litem of a child in In re A.M.C. Following a three-day trial a district court granted the Guardian’s petition to terminate the parental rights of the parents' and place the child up for adoption. 

Other cases include trial experience to jury verdicts in complex, multi-million dollar patent litigation in multiple forums. Technologies include medical devices and computer hardware and software.

Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Shortlisted North America 2020
Super Lawyers 2018
  • Mentoring Award, Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2018-2019)
  • Named a “Northern California Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2018-2020)
  • Named a "Minnesota Rising Star," Super Lawyers (2015-2016)
  • Recipient of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s 2015 Diversity Award, which recognizes a commitment towards increasing diversity in the legal profession.
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2013, 2015)
  • HCBA Board of Directors, Board Member
  • HCBA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Co-Chair
  • HCBA Minority Clerkship Program, Chair
  • Everybody Wins! Minnesota Reading Program, Volunteer
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Spoken Languages
  • French
  • Korean
Education
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude (2010); Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Executive Editor (2009-2010) and Staff Member (2008-2009)
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A. in Chemistry and Political Science, magna cum laude (2007)
Professional Associations
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow (2018)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Litigating SEPs in the United States
    Panelist, IPWatchdog Virtual SEP 2020 (November 10, 2020)
  • Developments in Attorney’s Fees after Octane Fitness and Highmark
    Practising Law Institute, Webinar (September 21, 2020)
  • Leaders of Color: The Changing Landscape
    Women in Legal and Corporate Leadership Summit, San Francisco, California (March 4, 2020)
  • Standard-Essential Patents: Navigating FRAND and Creating Value from SEP Portfolios
    Webinar, Robins Kaplan LLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 13, 2020)
  • Patent Strategies Through a Trial Lawyers Lens
    Webinar, In-house presentation before 50 attorneys in patent litigation, licensing, and patent prosecution (August 15, 2019)
  • WesternGeco International Patent Damages and Beyond
    2018 Midwest IP Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 28, 2018)
  • Patent v Trade Secret Protection
    AccessMCLE, Webinar (May 24, 2017)
  • Strategic Decision Making in Appellate Practice
    CLE, Morristown, New Jersey (October 20, 2014)
  • Strategic Decision Making in Appellate Practice
    University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 24, 2014)
December 1-10, 2020
WEBINAR | 7th Annual IP Dealmakers Forum
Chris Larus, Christine Yun Sauer - IP Dealmakers Forum
Remote
November 10 and 17, 2020
WEBINAR | IPWatchdog SEP2020
Christine Yun Sauer, Shui Li - IPWatchdog
Remote
March 4, 2020
WEBINAR | Women in Legal and Corporate Leadership Summit
Women in Legal and Corporate Leadership Summit
San Francisco, CA
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