Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Law
Chip Babcock wins jury verdicts in favor of high-profile clients and offers legal counsel when litigation is not always the answer. His adroit understanding of intellectual property and commercial litigation matters has brought him accolades in and out of the court. He has represented clients, in court and in arbitration, on issues ranging from breach of contract, fraud and deceptive practices to copyright infringement, trademark disputes, and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Key Commercial and Intellectual Property Cases
Chip Babcock has defended clients before the United States Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the Texas, California, and Illinois Intermediate Appellate and Supreme Courts. His clients for intellectual property and commercial litigation vary and include an ERISA case in Rhode Island, a shareholder derivative action in Fort Worth, a trademark dispute in New York, arbitration in Houston involving the sale of oil and gas properties, and a contract/fraud action in Houston worth $2 billion.
In 2000, he represented Oprah Winfrey in a copyright infringement matter, resolving the lawsuit in a federal court in Chicago after the plaintiff admitted on cross examination he had no damages. In 2012, he successfully defended Celanese Ltd. in a multi-billion dollar fraud and breach of contract case involving a methanol supply agreement. In 2014, he won a jury verdict on behalf of a plaintiff against Nissan.
The Art of Litigation
There is a science to trying a case and securing the success, whether for intellectual property or commercial litigation. The answer, he says, lies in technology and numbers.
Chip Babcock has used up to 200 graphics for some of his bigger cases. Science will tell you that in our efforts to problem solve, humans retain about seven percent of an oral argument and 70 percent of a visual argument. Merging the oral with the visual can make retention rates increase to 86 percent. Coupling videos and graphics to illustrate the client’s argument has a significant impact in shaping the minds of a jury. It’s a concept Chip Babcock applies consistently as he evolves his strategy to meet today’s ever-changing digital and legal landscape.
Watch HERE as he addresses the importance of being able to evolve as a litigator with ever changing technology and how he best uses it to his client’s advantage.