Christopher P. Foley focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law, having dealt extensively with patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret issues. He has coordinated the daily activities of worldwide patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigations from the initial pleading stage through trials before judges and juries.
Chris has handled appeals to several circuits. He has extensive experience negotiating with opposing counsel to resolve disputes and has participated in settlement conferences and mediations around the world.
With regard to trademark law, Chris works directly with clients’ in-house counsel to develop and maintain their worldwide trademark programs. His work in this area has included procurement of trademark registrations, participation in inter partes administrative proceedings, evaluating potentially infringing marks, licensing, and litigation.
Chris has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for trademark prosecution and non-contentious work. Chris has prepared and prosecuted many patent applications and has significant experience representing clients in patent disputes.
His work in the patent area has involved aircraft and aircraft parts, automobiles, automotive parts and accessories, conveyors, fluid control devices, flexible packaging designs and equipment, injection molding products and equipment, medical products and methods, networking systems, paperboard machinery and processing, roof coverings, sports equipment, tools, tooling machinery, and tooling designs.
Chris has served as an expert witness in patent litigations throughout the United States. Leadership roles Chris has held over the years include serving as the firm’s chair and managing partner, and as managing partner of the firm’s Reston, Virginia office. He is currently serving on the firm’s compensation committee.
Chris served as a Naval officer for five years as a ship’s navigator and the chief navigator for a squadron of ships and submarines gaining valuable technical experience in supervising the operation of the ships electronics and engineering systems.
- Georgetown University Law Center J.D., 1983
- U.S. Naval Academy B.S., 1975
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Professional Activities :
- Virginia State Bar (Intellectual Property Section: Board of Governors, chair -2013; vice-chair, 2010-2012)
- District of Columbia Bar
- Bar Association of the District of Columbia
- American Bar Association
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
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