If Kris Reed and his team didn’t win their patent case defending a public transit system, it would be little exaggeration to say that the city of Chicago might have come to a grinding halt.
The Chicago Transit Authority and its vendors faced an infringement suit over the technology they used for turnstile access to the city’s new “Ventra” transit system. The plaintiff company claimed the city infringed on five patents it owned, and it sought tens of millions in damages, plus royalties, and an injunction that would have shut down the system.
Reed, a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, led the trial team that won a complete defense at federal court in Chicago. He also argued the appeal at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the lower court’s invalidation of four of the five patents.
The key to those victories, and others in Reed’s intellectual property practice, was to translate the complexity of IP into basic terms that anyone can understand.