Karineh Khachatourian


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Palo Alto

Practice Groups and Client Sectors:

Intellectual Property,  Litigation
Karineh Khachatourian


The George Washington University


New York University

B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Previous Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP (Managing Partner/Silicon Valley)
  • K&L Gates (Partner)


  • State of California
  • State of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California

Professional Experience

Karineh Khachatourian is a first chair IP litigator and strategist. Ms. Khachatourian previously founded Duane Morris’ Silicon Valley office where she served as Managing Partner and is a past member of the firm's governing Partners Board. She currently serves as Diversity Chair at Rimon. 

Ms. Khachatourian’s practice focuses on a wide range of technologies including 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). Ms. Khachatourian routinely represents clients in domestic and international mediation and arbitration proceedings as well as state and federal courts across the country including 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 also a RPX Panel Counsel Member.

Ms. Khachatourian is deeply involved with Silicon Valley networking organizations. She serves on the Executive Committee and Board and is General Counsel 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 Duane Morris 2016 Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award in recognition of her significant contributions to women in the profession, including issues of the advancement of women lawyers.


  • Leadership Award, Duane Morris Cheryl Bryson (Duane Morris LLP), 2016
  • Women Leaders in Technology Law, The Recorder (ALM Media Properties, LLC), 2013
  • Women of Influence, Silicon Valley Business Journal's (American City Business Journals), 2013
  • Women Who Have Made Their Mark Award, Watermark, 2012


  • 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


  • Quoted in "Two Former Patent Trial Board Judges Join Covington & Burling," San Francisco Daily Journal, March 31, 2017
  • Co-author, "Practical Implications for California Companies Under the New Federal Trade Secret Law That Gives Businesses New Means to Protect Their Rights," Duane Morris Alert, May 13, 2016
  • Author, "DTSA Will Close Gap in Law Well Known to Silicon Valley," Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 28, 2016
  • Author, "Federal Trade Secrets Protection: DTSA Will Close Gap in Law Well Known to Silicon Valley," Daily Journal, April 28, 2016
  • Quoted in "Duane Morris Tries Different Spin on Summer Externship," The Recorder, July 10, 2015
  • Co-author, "California Court of Appeal Ruling Provides Further Guidance for Dealing with Trade Secret Claims Brought in Bad Faith," Duane Morris Alert, May 1, 2015
  • Co-author, "California Federal Court Dismisses Trade Secret and Other Tort Claims," Duane Morris Alert, April 22, 2015
  • Co-author, "High Court Must Clarify Trade Secrets Act Supersession," Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 13, 2015 (Republished by the San Francisco Daily Journal)
  • Quoted in "New Silicon Valley patent office to be located in San Jose," San Jose Mercury News, November 19, 2013
  • Featured in "Q&A with Duane Morris' Karineh Khachatourian," Law360, June 13, 2013