Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Chris focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology law, with a particular emphasis in the areas of patent preparation and prosecution and IP litigation. Chris regularly prepares and facilitates ongoing prosecution of patent applications at the USPTO in the electrical, mechanical, and computer science arts. Chris also routinely prepares and facilitates ongoing prosecution of design patent applications in the U.S. and internationally, and has experience with obtaining design protection for consumer products, industrial products, and graphical user interfaces. He has extensive experience with a broad range of technologies including computer systems, software, networking, telecommunications, wireless communications, manufacturing systems, mobile and cloud computing, consumer products, robotics, industrial automation, 3D printing, electrical innovations, e-commerce, and medical devices. Further, Chris represents clients in high-stakes IP litigation matters, including patent infringement, and in post-grant proceedings (inter partes review) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the USPTO.
In addition, Chris serves as Co-Group Leader of the eDiscovery Practice Group, a group within the firm’s Litigation Department that brings together Ulmer attorneys in the management of complex discovery issues in cases large and small. Chris has experience in all phases of eDiscovery and uses his IP litigation experience to bring a litigator’s point of view to eDiscovery matters. His practical experience in complex litigation, combined with his background in computer science and prior experience as a network engineer for IBM Corporation, allows him to see the bigger picture and develop unique strategies for how to use eDiscovery functions to achieve clients’ goals. While working for IBM Corporation, Chris designed and maintained a variety of redundant network architectures, assisted in the deployment and administration of network security devices designed to protect data integrity, and designed internal tools and databases for tracking network assets.
(B.S., with Distinction, 2003)
Patent Prosecution, Drafting & Consultation
Startups & Emerging Growth Companies