Krista Vink Venegas, Ph.D., is an intellectual property (IP) litigator and trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience representing global high-tech companies in highly regulated industries. As co-leader of the firm’s IP life sciences practice and a member of the firm’s life sciences and medtech industry teams, Krista has experience with complex IP disputes, including patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, unfair competition, and related contractual disputes. She has litigated in a variety of US venues including district and appellate courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, as well as coordinated strategy across European and Asian venues.
Krista strategically counsels life sciences clients on IP disputes and litigation avoidance, and advises on the interrelated regulatory, antitrust, and corporate aspects which impact market exclusivity. She also regularly advises on internal IP practices and protocols, as well as IP implications of transactions, risk reduction, and disputes arising therefrom.
Krista is also a co-leader of the firm’s Women in Tech initiative, as well as a member of the Pro Bono Committee.
Previously, Krista conducted research at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology, using a multidisciplinary approach (molecular biology, cellular biology, physiology, anatomy, and behavior) to study gene expression and regulation of neuropeptides by hormones in the brain. Krista applies her multidisciplinary degree to our high-tech clients working in industries such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, dental products, computer systems, and other consumer products.
Conducted litigation evaluations and trials relating to a variety of life sciences technologies comprising brand and generic pharmaceuticals, including biologics and small molecules (such as Hatch-Waxman cases relating to injectable, oral dosage, and topical dosage forms); medical devices (such as orthopedic implants, bone cement, stents, and resorbable cosmetic implants); and medical imaging (such as ultrasound, neuronavigation, and proton beam therapy systems)
Biomet, Inc. v. Bonutti Skeletal, Inc., N.D. Ind., 13-cv-176-JVB-CAN: Successfully resolved a patent infringement action involving spine, hip, and knee implants, in which the defendant was accused of infringing 20 patents to devices and methods of using the same
Pfizer & UCB Pharma v. Sandoz, Inc., et al., D. Del., 13-cv-1111: Lead counsel in a patent infringement action related to prodrug compounds used to treat urinary incontinence, including noninfringement and invalidity defenses
Pfizer, Inc., et al. v. Sandoz, Inc., et al., D. Del., 12-cv-808: Successfully resolved a patent infringement action related to modified salt forms of compounds used to treat depression, including noninfringement and invalidity defenses
Tolmar, Inc., et al. v. Galderma, D. Del., 10-cv-045: Obtained a defense victory based on a finding a Federal Circuit finding of patent invalidity in a five-patent case relating to the treatment of acne using increased dosages of adapalene in topical formulations
Conducted due diligence analyses of IP assets in corporate life sciences investments and acquisitions, including evaluation of IP assets subject to litigation and post-grant challenges
Conducted litigation and risk-management evaluations for clients in other highly regulated industries, including recreational products
Pro Bono Representations
Election Protection: Election monitor and call center leader for the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Successfully obtained C.D. Illinois reduction of sentence and release of inmate from Ohio minimum security facility due to significant COVID risk; secured Akron public housing exemption for reunification with family
Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
N.D. Illinois Settlement Assistance Program: Successfully settled several inmates pro se civil rights cases with the Illinois State's Attorney and Attorney General's Offices, as well as other local municipalities, following mediation facilitated by local magistrate judges
Election Protection: Election monitor for the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition
Family Defense Center, Corona and Morales v. State of Illinois (Lake Cty. Cir. Ct., Case No. 13 MR 881): Successfully appealed administrative law judge's determination and expunged a medical neglect indication on behalf of a non-English-speaking family, stemming from their young son's ER visits
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2001, J.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, 1997, Ph.D., Neurobiology, Anatomy, Cell Biology
Illinois Wesleyan University, 1992, B.A., cum laude
US Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the District of Colorado
US District Court for the District of Delaware
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Intellectual Property, Law360 (2019)
Recommended, Intellectual property: Patents: litigation (full coverage), The Legal 500 US (2019, 2021)
Recommended, Intellectual property: Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings), The Legal 500 US (2019)
Vice Chair, Corporate Counsel Committee, Federal Circuit Bar Association