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. 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.
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. 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.
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2005
- Florida State University, Ph.D., 1993, Molecular Biophysics
- University of Missouri, B.S.Ag., 1986, Biochemistry
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Intellectual Property Owner’s Association
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- Pauline Newman IP Inn of Court
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