How Chris Helps Clients
Chris focuses his practice on domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution and assists in preparing patentability, infringement, freedom to operate and validity opinions. His practice also involves district court and Patent Office litigation. Chris has experience in the entire patent process - from meeting and strategizing with inventors, to advocating before the USPTO, to asserting and licensing IP rights. Chris works with clients in a number of technological disciplines, such as biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, food/beverage and mechanical engineering. He also has experience with copyrights and trademarks.
Chris works with large multinationals as well as small startups. In his practice, Chris focuses on developing valuable IP having practical use for clients. Particularly for small clients, Chris develops IP strategies that protect initial investments and secures marketable IP that allows for additional funding. Chris uses his deep understanding of scientific and technological subject matter to craft sound portfolios.
Chris has conducted research in industrial, governmental and academic environments. His industry research as a synthetic organic chemist in the crop protection division of a Fortune 100 company concentrated on herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. He also conducted basic and applied research of sustainable adhesives, epoxies and resins in the Coatings, Corrosions and Engineered Polymers Branch of the Army Research Laboratory.
As a student, Chris focused his research on small molecule organic synthesis of carbohydrates. He was presented the Arthur G. Schultz award for Undergraduate Research in Organic Chemistry, the Rensselaer Medal for Math and Sciences, and his thesis was nominated for the Class of 1902 Award. During law school, Chris was president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and VP of the Temple Environmental Law Society. Chris also maintains a pro bono practice.
Prior to joining Buchanan, Chris was an associate at a leading Washington, D.C. intellectual property specialty firm.
What Clients Can Expect
Clients working with Chris can expect a positive attitude and realistic advice. Chris is flexible with client needs and determines where each IP right fits into the client’s business. Chris understands how important it is for an IP lawyer to be scientifically and technologically adept, and he works with inventors to navigate the complex patent process. Clients find Chris to be an active listener and have strong attention to detail.
Outside the Office
As a previous college athlete, Chris stays involved in athletics and fitness, including weight lifting and intramural sports. Chris tries to spend his other free time outdoors, experiencing natural beauty and fresh air.
- Acquired patent covering small entity's most important chemical compounds, allowing them to secure $3.25 million in funding for a clinical trial
- Mediated landlord-tenant, small claims, private criminal complaint and child custody cases for the Philadelphia Judicial System
- Served on a team representing ANDA client through pre-filing Orange Book patent analysis and post-filing district court litigation
Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2014
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S., 2011, Chemistry
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 2011, cum laude, Chemistry
- District of Columbia
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
Conflict Recovery International, Board of Director, Treasurer
Legal Aid of the District of Columbia, Generous Associates Campaign, Campaign Coordinator
Banding Together Gifts for the Homeless