Mr. Christie is a trial lawyer who actively litigates all types of intellectual property, information technology and data privacy cases, as well as white collar criminal cases. He also counsels clients in and handles transactional matters involving legal issues in these and related areas.
Mr. Christie regularly litigates copyright, trademark, trade dress and patent infringement cases; trademark counterfeiting, trademark dilution, unfair competition, and deceptive commercial advertising matters; violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; and claims involving misappropriation of trade secrets before U.S. courts and the International Trade Commission. Correspondingly, he helps clients with registration, valuation, licensing, assignment, sale and other transactional issues pertaining to copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets.
Mr. Christie performs audits to determine the nature and extent of online trademark infringement through unauthorized registration of Internet domain names, use of metatag keywords, and advertising through sponsored linking. He pursues arbitration and litigation against cybersquatters, typosquatters and other online infringers. Mr. Christie also tracks down, identifies, and initiates legal proceedings against companies and individuals engaging in product counterfeiting and product diversion.
Mr. Christie provides counseling to companies on protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their proprietary business information and computer networks and on complying with information security and electronic privacy laws and regulations. He further assists companies in developing computer network incident response plans, providing guidance when these clients experience network security breaches and violations of network policies and procedures, conducting internal investigations of such breaches and violations, and litigating against those responsible for network intrusions.
Mr. Christie instructs companies on protecting personally identifiable information of customers and employees, investigates breaches of security of such information, provides guidance to such clients concerning their obligations in response such breaches of security, assists clients in satisfying these obligations, and defends companies sued for data security breaches.
Prior to joining McCarter & English, Mr. Christie served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey where he headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section of that office.
He was lead prosecutor in a major undercover investigation targeting Shadowcrew, an international criminal organization of approximately 4,000 members dedicated to malicious computer hacking, Internet fraud schemes, credit card fraud and identity theft that concluded with the filing of criminal charges against 27 senior Shadowcrew members in the U.S. and the arrest of six members in four foreign countries. Mr. Christie also successfully investigated and prosecuted numerous cases of Internet fraud, telecommunications fraud, dissemination of computer viruses, computer extortion, theft of electronic data, and malicious computer hacking as well as a wide variety of criminal copyright, trademark and trade secret theft cases.
Mr. Christie is recognized in the 2006-2020 editions of Best Lawyers in America. He also has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2005 - 2006 and 2018-2019. In addition, he has been recognized as a Chambers USA "Leaders in Their Field" lawyer for 2011-2019 and recognized among The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals for 2019 by World Trademark Review. The "thoughtful and strategic" Scott Christie is noted for his litigation capabilities. Clients describe him as "an extremely intelligent and tenacious adviser and litigator in tech issues and privacy laws" as well as a "skilled expert in patent law.” Sources say he "constructs excellent legal arguments and works well under pressure." Clients further advise that in addition to being a zealous advocate, he is “a very likable and kind person.” Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. World Trademark Review is published by Globe Business Media Group. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.