How Christopher Helps Clients
Before beginning his law practice, Christopher earned a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics from Florida State University and worked as a research scientist at the University of Virginia and Harvard Medical School.
Christopher brought this scientific expertise to his work as a patent agent with Burns, Doane, Swecker, and Mathis, a patent boutique, while earning his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
I am a scientist at heart. I like being in a field where I can support scientists and their important work.
With the addition of over 10 years as a patent lawyer, Christopher offers clients in-depth technical expertise in a variety of fields, including structural biology, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, bioinformatics, computational biology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, chemistry, materials and mechanical and computational sciences. He frequently brings this knowledge to bear, especially in cases that cross boundaries between conventional scientific disciplines.
Christopher focuses his practice on contested cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, patent prosecution and patent appeals in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has served as counsel in numerous interference and inter-parte review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Christopher also has experience in patent drafting and prosecution and in all phases of preparing and prosecuting international patent applications.
What Clients Can Expect
Christopher understands the world at an atomic level and literally knows what makes people tick. Clients and colleagues enjoy working with him because of his sincere interest in their endeavors as well as his legal expertise.
Outside the Office
Christopher was born and raised in the Midwest near St. Louis, Missouri. During his education and work as a research scientist, he studied at seven different universities across the country before settling down in Alexandria to begin his law career.
- Christopher was selected for inclusion in the 2010 Virginia Rising Stars® list.
- Secured patent rights for the true inventors of Nobel Prize winning RNAi technology in plants after a long patent interference proceeding that required an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2005
Florida State University, Ph.D., 1993, Molecular Biophysics
University of Missouri, B.S.Ag., 1986, Biochemistry
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Intellectual Property Owner's Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Pauline Newman IP Inn of Court