Chemistry, Occidental College, 1986M.S.
Chemistry, Duke University, 1988J.D.
George Washington University, 1992; High Honors; Order of the Coif.
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Craig Kaufman is the managing partner of TechKnowledge Law Group LLP, and is a trial lawyer with a practice that focuses on patent infringement litigation across a broad range of technology areas. Craig has extensive experience in both District Court litigation and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. In addition to his trial level practice, Craig is an experienced appellate practitioner, having appeared on more than 20 appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Acer Inc. Craig represents Acer in a number of patent infringement disputes in the U.S. Craig was lead counsel for Acer in disputes with Round Rock Research and St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, both of which settled favorably for the client. He was a member of the Acer trial team in an investigation brought by Hewlett Packard before the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Nanya Technology Corporation. Craig has represented Nanya in a number of patent infringement actions involving Nanya's DRAM products, including patent infringement actions against Elpida Memory, Inc. and Rambus, Inc.
Mortgage Grader, Inc. Craig represents Mortgage Grader in litigation to enforce Mortgage Grader's patents against Costco and its partners in the Costco mortgage website.
Intel Corporation. Craig represented Intel in cases involving flash memory and internet telephony.
Dow AgroSciences LLC. Craig represented the company and its affiliates, Mycogen Corporation, Mycogen Plant Sciences, Inc., and Agrigenetics, in a number of patent infringement cases involving the enforcement of patent rights to methods for making genes and inserting them into plants to make the plants insect-resistant, enforcement of patents on particular genes, and defense against infringement claims. Craig was a key member of the trial teams that won several important victories for DAS in these actions.
Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks. Craig was an Associate Solicitor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, representing the Commissioner in appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as district court actions. While at the PTO, Craig also assisted in the preparation of the Brief for the U.S. as amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in Warner-Jenkinson Co. v. Hilton Davis Chemical Co.
"Patent Reform and Key Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Decisions" – 2012 PLI Patent Litigation Program – San Francisco
"Patent Reform and Key Federal Circuit and Supreme Court Decisions" – 2011 PLI Patent Litigation Program – San Francisco
"Patent Reform and Key Federal Circuit Decisions" – 2010 PLI Patent Litigation Program – San Francisco
"Patent Reform and Key Federal Circuit Decisions" – 2009 PLI Patent Litigation Program – San Francisco
"How to Enforce Your Patent Portfolio," Craig Kaufman and Anne-Marie Dinius, Managing Intellectual Property (March 2005)
"Extracting Maximum Value from Your Patent Portfolio," Craig Kaufman, Rebecca Burton and Anne-Marie Dinius, BioPharm International (May 2003)
Issues with Hatch-Waxman cases – television appearance CNNfn.
Prior Firm Experience
In addition to his government service with the PTO, Craig was a founding partner of Freitas, Tseng & Kaufman, an associate and partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, an associate at Kilpatrick and Cody and an associate at Cushman, Darby & Cushman.