Christopher R. Noyes


Noyes, Christopher R.
Christopher Noyes focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and other complex disputes, including trademark, trade dress and patent claims. He has litigated cases involving a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, nucleic acid hybridization, immunohistochemistry, smartphones, semiconductors, lithium ion batteries, medical devices, gasoline engines, personal care products, and computer hardware and software.

Mr. Noyes has been a member of several WilmerHale trial teams and has litigated in federal and state courts across the country. He has served as co-lead trial counsel for companies in Hatch-Waxman litigation involving drug products for the treatment of androgen responsive diseases, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, and in preparation for colonoscopy. In 2013, he tried two cases, both resulting in favorable decisions at the district court. He also has experience representing clients in appeals to the Federal Circuit.

In addition to intellectual property, Mr. Noyes has experience in securities litigation, employment litigation and criminal defense. Mr. Noyes also served as lead trial counsel on a variety of criminal cases tried to juries and to judges while acting as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Massachusetts. He has also worked on several pro bono matters in conjunction with the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, including on cases relating to the hiring and promotion of minority police officers. 

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States for intellectual property: patent litigation: full coverage
  • Named a "New York Metro Super Lawyer" in the 2013-2016 editions of Metro Edition magazine 
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" in the 2013 and 2014 issues of Boston Magazine and named a "Rising Star" for intellectual property litigation in the 2012 and 2014 issues of Boston Magazine

Publications & News


June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

August 3, 2015

Protecting the Brick: LEGO's Global IP Enforcement Efforts

An article by Christopher Noyes and Crystal Roberts published in the August 3, 2015 issue of the New York Law Journal.

June 12, 2015

Braintree Labs Defeats Novel Labs in Ongoing Patent Infringement Case

On June 2, 2015, WilmerHale obtained a significant victory for Braintree Laboratories, Inc. (Braintree) in a patent infringement matter at the US District Court for the District of New Jersey.

April 13, 2015

Nature-Based Claims And the Patent-Eligibility Landscape

An article by Robert Gunther, Christopher Noyes and Omar Khan published in the April 13, 2015 issue of the New York Law Journal.

October 13, 2014

WilmerHale Named Best Patent Litigation Firm by The Legal 500 US

WilmerHale has been named the nation's best law firm in the category of IP: Patent Litigation by The Legal 500 United States as part of its inaugural awards program.

September 12, 2014

When Inter Partes Review Meets Hatch-Waxman Patents

An article by Christopher Noyes, Emily Whelan, Corinne Atton and Heather Petruzzi, published by Law360 as part of a series of articles authored by the firm on the topic of post-grant proceedings.

June 19, 2013

Braintree Labs Wins Patent Infringement Case Against Novel

On June 19, WilmerHale obtained a favorable final judgment in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey for Braintree Laboratories, Inc. (Braintree) in its patent infringement case against Novel Laboratories (Novel).

January 4, 2013

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel in 2013.

September 30, 2011

WilmerHale Settles Two Patent Infringement Suits for Palomar Against Candela and Syneron

May 21, 2009

Federal Circuit Upholds Validity of Procter & Gamble Blockbuster Drug Patent

Recent Highlights

  • In 2013, acted as trial counsel in two Hatch-Waxman cases tried in district court resulting in favorable judgments for his clients
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction against a generic drug manufacturer following an at-risk launch of a generic drug product in a Hatch-Waxman litigation
  • Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement of patents relating to camera technology on behalf of global smartphone manufacturer

Professional Activities

Mr. Noyes has served as a faculty member for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Pretrial Litigation Basics Seminar and as an advisor to students participating in the Harvard Law School mock trial program.

Mr. Noyes is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.


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JD, cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 2002, Order of the Coif; Article Editor, Michigan Journal of Race and Law

BA, Political Science, summa cum laude, University of Vermont, 1999, Phi Sigma Alpha

Bar Admissions

New York



Senator Patrick Leahy, Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee

The Hon. Marilyn S. Skoglund, Vermont Supreme Court, 2002 - 2003

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