Eric Krause

Associate, Silicon Valley



Eric Krause is a senior associate in the Intellectual Property Group, resident in White & Case's Palo Alto office. His practice focuses on patent litigation involving various technologies such as semiconductor manufacture tools, design, and fabrication, Internet of Things (IoT), display and video coding technologies, internet-based and mobile applications, and wireless communications.

Eric has also worked abroad in Japan, counseling a top Japanese-based international consumer electronics manufacturer on patent issues, including invalidity, enforceability, infringement, and prosecution of semiconductor, electronics, and processing patents.

Before practicing law, Eric worked for several years as an engineer and strategic alliance manager at a major microprocessor manufacturer, managing third party development and support of BIOS and systems management infrastructure for microprocessor platforms.

Bars and Courts
California State Bar
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Patent and Trademark Office
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Rice University


Micron v. UMC and Jinhua (N.D. Cal.). Represented third party Applied Materials in ongoing trade secret misappropriation case.

Merck v. Pfizer, Sanofi v. Pfizer (PTAB, Fed. Cir.). Defense of Pfizer vaccine patents against IPR challenges from Merck, Sanofi.

Facebook (worldwide). Defense of Facebook and Instagram against international challenges based on intellectual property.

Personal Audio v. Google (E.D. Tex.). Obtained dismissal and transfer out of E.D. Texas in patent litigation involving audio player devices.

Autodesk v. Alter (N.D. Cal.). Defended Autodesk animation software against patent infringement claims.  Matter successfully concluded with finding of non-infringement based on a license defense on summary judgment.

VideoShare v. YouTube (D. Del.). Obtained judgment of invalidity of both asserted patents, affirmed on appeal.

Allure v. Nest, Green Mountain Energy, and Reliant Energy (E.D. Tex.). Represented Nest, Green Mountain, and Reliant in action involving smart thermostat technology; defeated preliminary injunction and invalidated one of three asserted patents at claim construction, resulting in resolution before trial.

In the Matter of Certain Communications or Computing Devices, and Components Thereof (ITC). Represented intervenor Google defending messaging technology against investigation against Android brought by complainant EST.  Matter concluded in settlement.

In the Matter of Certain Portable Electronic Communications Devices, including Mobile Phones and Components Thereof and In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones and Tablet Computers, and Components Thereof (ITC). Represented intervenor Google defending Android and Android apps against multiple investigations against HTC brought by complainant Nokia. Obtained global withdrawal of one asserted patent family. Matter concluded when HTC settled with Nokia.

In the Matter Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices, including Monitors, Televisions, and Modules, and Components Thereof (ITC, Fed. Cir.). On behalf of CMI, obtained findings of invalidity and/or non-infringement for all five patents asserted by Thomson Licensing, affirmed on appeal.

Intravisual Inc. v. Fujitsu Limited et al. Represented Panasonic in patent litigation involving image compression and encoding.

Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., et al., v. CSIRO. Represented Marvell in a declaratory judgment action involving wireless networking technology.


NHTSA Reflects Willingness of US Regulatory Authorities to Embrace Autonomous Vehicles, White & Case Technology Newsflash, March 2016, Co-author (with Bijal Vakil)

Co-author, "Willful Patent Infringement After Seagate," IT, Internet and Outsourcing Bulletin, April 2010 (with Thomas Flynn)

Co-author, "Preventing Illegal Sharing of Music Online: The DMCA, Litigation and a New, Graduated Approach," September 2009, (with William Sloan Coats and Julieta L. Lerner)