Christie, Parker & Hale

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Type: Partnership
Industry: Legal Practice
Founded: 1954
Founder(s): James Christie, Robert Parker, Russel Hale
Headquarters: 350 W. Colorado Blvd. Suite 500,
Pasadena, CA
Country: USA
Employees: 51-200
Key People
Thomas J. Daly, Partner Management Committee

David A. Dillard, Partner Management Committee
Gregory S. Lampert, Managing Partner

Christie, Parker & Hale (CPH) is a California-based law firm providing a wide range of legal services, focusing mainly on Intellectual Property law.


CPH provides legal services to its clients in the following areas of expertise: [1]

  1. Patents
  2. Trademarks
  3. Copyrights
  4. Trade secrets
  5. Internet Law
  6. Litigation
  7. Transactions
  8. IP Strategy
  9. International IP


The law firm has been in business for more than 50 years. It was founded by James Christie, Robert Parker and Russell Hale in 1954. [2]

Since 1958, CPH has been providing legal representation for the Avery Dennison Corporation, one of the leading companies in developing innovative identification and decorative solutions for businesses in the world.[3]

Successful Patent and Trademark Law Suits

CPH has won numerous patent law suits. One of the significant events in the history of the law firm was the patent infringement case between Coleman Co., Inc, and Holly Mfg. Co. CPH won the case for Holly Mfg. Co, obtaining one of the biggest patent case awards in 1959. [4]

In 1969, CPH won another patent case for Lear, Inc. against Adkins when the Supreme Court decided to eliminate the doctrine of patent licensee estoppel. In 1972, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the very first software patent to CPH and in 1984, CPH represented Union Oil against Verdegaal Bros. wherein the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a jury verdict of validity and held a patent invalid.

CPH won the largest trademark decisions during the 90s, obtaining a $20 million trademark ruling in favor of its client, Super Health Institute, in 1997 and subsequently in 1998, won another patent infringement case in favor of its client, McGaw Inc., preserving the company’s $400-million-a-year product line.[5]

In 2004, the law firm succeeded in another patent infringement lawsuit, representing Caltech and Materina against Boulder Scientific in a case regarding Nobel Prize winning technology developed by Robert Grubbs.

In 2009, CPH issued a press statement that the firm obtained a patent for Mojave Aerospace Venture’s, LLC. and Burt Rutan. The U.S. Patent No. 7,540,145 was assigned to the engineered hybrid rocket system invented by Burt Rutan.[6]

Cybersquatting Case

CPH represented Verizon in a 33.15 million cybersquatting case filed against OnlineNIC, a San Francisco-based domain name registration company using at least 663 domain names that were easily confused with the legitimate Verizon domain name in order to take advantage of Verizon customers. The infringing domain name addresses displayed advertisements that generated revenue for OnlineNIC. The Federal Court of Northern California ruled that OnlineNIC tried to take advantage of Verizon and its customers by registering domain names in bad faith, with an objective to attract internet users who want to access the legitimate website of Verizon.[7]