How do you evaluate a patent portfolio of 10,000 assets? How do you find potential licensees where word searches are not enough?
Looking for better patent landscaping software and not finding any that complemented his 30 years of patent prosecution and litigation experience, Chris developed his own patent landscaping approach that overcomes the shortcomings of conventional approaches.
By aggregating how patents collectively link various technologies, Chris' landscapes are able to identify future growth areas in addition to identifying competitors in each technological area. Chris' analyses find specific, cognizable results in language-specific and language-agnostic datasets. In addition to providing better patent landscapes for his clients, he is able to evaluate patent portfolios to find missing items (e.g., missing or incorrect priority claims or assignments) across portfolios of 1000+ assets.
In addition to patent landscaping and portfolio analyses, Chris prepares and prosecutes patent applications across a spectrum of technologies including semiconductor device physics and processing, analog circuit design, antenna design, telecommunications, laser fluorescence, magneto-optical memories, networking architectures including application programming interfaces (APIs) and user interfaces (UIs), Internet and e-commerce technologies, and image manipulation systems.
Chris has been an integral part of litigation teams representing computer-related hardware and software systems including defending a long-time printer hardware and software client in an Investigation before the International Trade Commission and winning a judgment of patent infringement for an image processing client in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Before joining the firm, Chris worked as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examining subject matter in the semiconductor, computer timing, financial transaction systems, record keeping, and data storage arts.
Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1990, with course work emphasizing electrical communication systems, analog circuitry, and VLSI processing techniques. He earned his Juris Doctor from the American University in 1995.
Chris is a contributing author in the Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook, BNA 2000 and supplements. Chris regularly presents yearly updates to clients on recent developments in US patent law.
Chris is admitted to the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has held numerous positions in the ABA and AIPLA. Chris is currently a member of the AIPLA Harmonization Committee and Patent Law Committee. As part of the Harmonization Committee, Chris has met with IP leaders from the US and abroad in the furtherance of finding common ground among the patent systems across the globe.
University of Virginia
1990, B.S., Electrical Engineering
American University Washington College of Law
- 1995, Virginia
- 1998, District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Superior Court of the District of Columbia