Karineh Khachatourian practices in the area of intellectual property litigation and counseling, serves as managing partner of the firm's Silicon Valley office and is a member of the firm's governing Partners Board. Ms. Khachatourian is an established IP litigator with a technology focus on enterprise and consumer products utilizing computer software and hardware, with an emphasis on data security, encryption technology, internet content delivery and load balancing, network communication technologies, consumer electronics and computer peripherals, and video gaming technology. She represents clients in the semiconductor, information technology, social media, video gaming and enterprise cloud computing spaces. In short, through her experience and vast network, Ms. Khachatourian solves her clients' IP problems.

Ms. Khachatourian's domestic and international litigation and counseling experience includes utility and design patent infringement, licensing and other IP contract disputes such as inventorship and ownership issues; trade secret misappropriation, particularly with competitors and departing employees; and trademark infringement disputes, obtaining and defeating preliminary injunctions in the United States and Germany and inter partes review proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark office. Ms. Khachatourian has had recent success invalidating patents as "abstract" and ineligible for patent protection under the Supreme Court's landmark decision Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). She also has experience with the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Ms. Khachatourian routinely represents clients in domestic and international mediation and arbitration proceedings as well as state and federal courts in California, Utah, Texas, and Delaware.  Ms. Khachatourian has also appeared before the Federal Circuit and the Sixth District Court of Appeal in California.

Ms. Khachatourian is deeply involved with Silicon Valley networking organizations. She is an advisory board member of IP Counsel Café; serves on the Executive Committee and Board and is co-lead of the General Counsel Network for Watermark, a group for executive women; a partner with Leading Women in Technology as well as with Chips, an organization that advances women in IP law; and the co-founder of Salonnieres, a social organization for women professionals. Ms. Khachatourian was recognized as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's 2013 Women of Influence, and was selected by The Recorder as one of its 2013 Women Leaders in Tech Law. Ms. Khachatourian received the  2016 Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award in recognition of her significant contributions to women in the profession, including issues of the advancement of women lawyers.

Ms. Khachatourian is a 1997 graduate of George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of Environmental Law Journal, and a magna cum laude graduate of New York University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademark Portfolio Maintenance


  • California


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1997
    - Environmental Law Journal
  • New York University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1991
    - Phi Beta Kappa


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2013-present
  • K&L Gates
    - Partner, 2010-2012
  • Mintz Levin
    - Partner, 2008-2010
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
    - Partner, 2006-2008
  • Gordon & Rees
    - Partner, 2005-2006

Professional Activities

  • IP Counsel Café
    - Advisory Board Member
  • Watermark
    - Member, Executive Committee
    - Member, Board of Directors
    - Co-lead, General Counsel Network
  • Leading Women in Technology
  • Chips
  • Salonnières
    - Co-founder
  • Women's Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
    - President, 2006-2010

Honors and Awards

  • Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award, 2016
  • Named one of The Recorder's Women Leaders in Technology Law, 2013
  • Named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's 2013 Women of Influence
  • Recipient of the Watermark Women Who Have Made Their Mark Award, November 2012

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Protecting Software Post-Alice," 20th Annual California Bar IP Institute, November 12, 2015
  • Presenter, Watermark Women Who Have Made Their Mark Ceremony, November 2012
  • "Is In-House Counsel Practice Changing for the Better?" IP Counsel Café, April 2012
  • "How to Select Outside Counsel," IP Counsel Café, November 2011
  • "Trade Secrets in a Post-Bilski World," 15th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute, November 2009
  • "Utilizing Forensic Computer Experts to Protect Trade Secrets," American Conference Institute's National Forum on Employment Trade Secret Litigation, May 27-28, 2009
  • "The End of the Billable Hour Friend or Foe," IP Counsel Café, April 1-2, 2009
  • "The Special Challenges of Trade Secrets in ADR," ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, Pacific Currents: Sound Perspectives on ADR, April 3-5, 2008
  • "Women in IP Law Milestones, Challenges and Solutions," The Annual IP Counsel Forum, March 25-26, 2008
  • "Electronic Discovery Issues & Practices," California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) New Heights for Diversity, October 5-6, 2005