Christopher Martinez, a co-founder of StoneTurn and the firm’s Managing Partner, has more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property (“IP”) damages quantification, intellectual asset licensing and complex financial modeling.
Christopher advises companies on the valuation, commercialization, licensing and management of intellectual assets. As a former licensing executive of a Fortune 50 enterprise, he brings a unique and experience-based approach to the quantification of patent, trademark and copyright infringement damages, as well as trade secret misappropriation damages. Additionally, he has designed, implemented and executed royalty inspection programs on behalf of clients to facilitate the capture of the appropriate return on licensed intellectual assets. He possesses an understanding of accounting and financial valuation issues that impact intellectual assets, as well as the economic principles related to business transactions in general, and IP / technology transfer transactions in particular.
Christopher also has extensive experience in quantifying economic damages in the context of breach of contract, business interruption, change of scope, and delay and disruption allegations. He has conducted contract compliance evaluations and other fact-finding investigations, and has served as an expert in many disputes.
Christopher has worked with clients across a range of industries, including the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, semiconductor, telecommunications, Internet / e-Commerce and software sectors.
Christopher has been designated as an expert in Federal court (Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California; Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia; Southern District of New York; Delaware; Massachusetts; Northern District of Ohio), State court (California, Texas, Florida, Virginia), United States Trade Commission (“USITC”) actions, as well as in arbitration proceedings.
Christopher has been recognized as a top economic patent damages expert in IAM’s Patent 1000 since its inception in 2014. Clients recognize Christopher as “a clear-sighted analyst of the financial issues arising from IP and transactional disputes. A veteran witness and consultant, he also benefits from commercial insights gained as a licensing executive at a Fortune 50 corporation.”
Christopher has served as a speaker on intellectual property-related issues at events hosted by the Practicing Law Institute (“PLI”), Licensing Executives Society, American Intellectual Property Law Association (“AIPLA”), University of Texas, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, American Bar Association, Semico, Drug Information Association, among others. He is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in the state of California), Certified Patent Valuation Analyst and Certified Licensing Professional (“CLP”).
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Q: Can you give an example of StoneTurn’s lean and efficient approach?
At StoneTurn, we believe in only bringing the appropriate level of resources to each project. Both from an experience and headcount perspective, we strive to match the needs of the client with the depth and breadth of experience and people we deploy. Based on client expectations and the nature of the assignment, we prefer to devote fewer professionals on a full-time basis as opposed to more professionals working part-time. It has been our experience that immersing our professionals in the task at hand with significant attention and focus of senior practitioners—aided only as necessary by supporting staff—results in preferable outcomes.
Q: What do you believe sets StoneTurn apart?
I believe StoneTurn is set apart from competitors in our overall responsiveness, which is a result of our organizational agility. While maintaining a market-facing focus and a “one-firm” mentality, we have not only the desire, but also the proven track record of pulling together winning teams to meet the needs of our clients. We are not constrained by internal partitions between practice areas, but rather operate as a single firm dedicated to exceeding client expectations.
Q: Why is the culture at StoneTurn so important to you?
Culture is the centerpiece of our organization, from which our excellence in client service stems. We collectively value the opportunities we each cultivate to enrich our professional experiences. We thrive on challenges, and see opportunity at every turn. We find that working with those we like and respect provides a formidable foundation upon which we can collectively build an exceptional organization, while individually learning and growing from a professional standpoint.