Chris is a patent attorney and intellectual property litigator who helps clients manage, protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. He represents clients from small businesses to international corporations in all stages of litigation, commercial transactions and licensing.
In federal courts across the country, Chris has represented clients in patent, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, unfair competition and antitrust litigation. He counsels clients in risk mitigation and avoidance, licensing, due diligence, and other commercial transactions. Chris also assists clients in developing their intellectual property portfolios through patent prosecution and trademark registration.
Trial and Litigation Experience
- Jury and bench trials in patent, trademark, trade dress and breach of contract cases
- Obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions in intellectual property infringement and false advertising matters
- Defeating preliminary injunctions in patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement matters
- Litigating intellectual property infringement claims before the International Trade Commission (ITC)
- Defending Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations
- Defeating claims by non-practicing entities (“patent trolls”), including invalidating asserted patents
- Protecting trademark rights in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
- Negotiating favorable settlements and business deals to avoid costly litigation
Prosecution and Transactional Experience
- Utility and design patents in the biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and mechanical arts
- Strategic patent and trademark portfolio management
- Brand development and protection
- Opinions regarding freedom to operate, infringement/non-infringement, validity/invalidity, enforceability/unenforceability for patents and trademarks
- License agreements and commercial contracts, including development agreements, work-for-hire agreements, distribution agreements, non-compete agreements and confidentiality agreements
- Due diligence investigation and analysis
Before Fox Rothschild
Chris began his career at Fox Rothschild as a patent agent during his third year of law school. Prior to joining Fox, and also during law school, Chris worked as a patent agent for a biotechnology and medical device company that designed, manufactured and marketed microarrays for immunoassay and genotyping applications. Chris also interned at the New Jersey Superior Court, Passaic Vicinage.
Podcast — America Invents Act: Micro Entity Status for Institutions of Higher Education
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) created a new class of patent applicants designated as “micro entities” who are entitled to a 75 percent reduction in certain fees paid to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In this podcast, Fox Rothschild Partner Janet MacLeod and Chris discuss the criteria for qualifying as micro entities under either of two groups defined by the AIA.
Honors & Awards
- Included in a list of "New Jersey Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers Magazine (2013-2017)
- Senior Articles Editor, Legislative Journal, Seton Hall University School of Law