Christina Von der Ahe

Senior Associate
Intellectual Property

Christina Von der Ahe's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation.  She has represented defendants in patent, copyright and trade secret litigation, including lawsuits concerning electronic devices and computer software for multiple industries. Ms. Von der Ahe has also represented clients in contract disputes, shareholder suits and employment matters.  Additionally, she has assisted clients with evaluating and applying for appropriate trademarks. 

Some of Ms. Von der Ahe's experience includes:

  • being a part of the trial team that won US$112 million dollars for Brocade in a patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation suit against A10 Networks (N.D. Cal.);
  • being part of the case team that obtained summary judgment of non-infringement for Nvidia (D. Colo.);
  • appearing in federal court and successfully arguing terms at a Markman hearing; 
  • appearing in federal court and successfully opposing a motion for leave to amend infringement contentions;
  • drafting several successful dispositive motions;
  • working with expert witnesses to develop their expert reports; 
  • taking and defending depositions;
  • representing clients at mediation proceedings; and
  • managing the defense of large patent infringement cases filed against multiple defendants.

Prior to joining Orrick, Christina clerked for one year for the Honorable Andrew Guilford of the Federal District Court of the Central District of California.  She then worked for two years as a patent litigation associate at the Redwood Shores office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Christina Von der Ahe
  • Presenter, "The 2011 Patent Reform Act: Section 19, Joinder, and Section 16, Marking," BCLT Back to School: The New Patent Law Explained (Oct. 2011)
  • Co-presenter, "Reducing Information Security Risks with Information Governance," Nuix LeaderShip Forum (Oct. 2012)
Select Publications
  • Co-author, "The Short Arm of the Law: U.S. Problems Prosecuting Foreigners for Trade Secret Theft," Orrick Trade Secrets Watch (July 11, 2013).
  • Co-author, “Courts fumble with broader ‘obviousness’ test,” Daily Journal (June 26, 2013).
  • Author, “Q&A with the Honorable David O. Carter,” ABTL Report, Orange County (Spring 2013).
  • Co-author, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Guidance: A Useful (But Not Perfect) Resource for Dealing with Enforcement Actions,” ABTL Report, Orange County (Winter 2013).
  • Co-author, “Significant Reduction of Imperfection Depth Tolerance During Ultrasonic Inspection of Oil Country Tubular Goods,” Society of Petroleum Engineers (2005).
Admitted In
  • California

  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2007
  • B.A.S., with distinction, Mechanical Engineering and Political Science, Stanford University, 2004
  • Head Editor of the Web-based journal, Article Editor, Harvard Law School International Law Journal
  • Line Editor, Harvard Law School Journal of Law and Technology
  • Hon. Andrew Guilford, Central District of California
  • Hon. A. Howardd Matz, Central District of California

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