Christopher M. Morrison (Chris)’s practice sits at the intersection of litigation and intellectual property rights, whether those rights are publicized in patents and trademarks, secured by licenses, or maintained as trade secrets. For 16 years, clients have turned to Chris for his ability to translate complex issues, often involving scientific subject matter, into terms that are more easily understood by fact finders and judges at all stages of litigation.
Chris represents the Boston Red Sox and The Boston Globe on a wide array of litigation matters and is a key member of the Jones Day trial team for several patent infringement and trade secret actions pending in Boston and elsewhere.
Chris led the defense in Bezdek v. Vibram USA and related class actions regarding Vibram’s FiveFingers shoes. He was one of two Jones Day lawyers to argue on Celgene’s behalf at a Markman hearing that resulted in a stipulated judgment of noninfringement and recently obtained dismissal of a consumer class action against Duracell.
He has appeared in federal courts across the country and has experience trying cases in the Massachusetts state and federal trial courts. He has argued appellate matters in the First Circuit, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Chris is a trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation, where he is on the Grants Committee. He serves on the Medfield School Committee and is chair of the B.C. Law School Alumni Association’s Boston Chapter.
- Boston College (J.D. summa cum laude 2001; Order of the Coif; Executive Editor and Symposium Editor, Boston College Law Review; Recipient, McGrath & Kane award for academic excellence and contributions to the betterment of the law school; M.Ed. 2001; B.A. cum laude 1995)
BAR ADMISSIONS :
- District of Columbia,
- U.S. Supreme Court,
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Federal Circuits
CLERKSHIPS : Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Keeton, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (2001-2002)
- Red Sox prevail in first-ever foul ball trial
- DePuy Orthopaedics defends against patent infringement claims involving its flagship knee replacement product
- Celgene obtains dismissal with prejudice of patent infringement claims involving its Vidaza® brand drug
- Vibram obtains First Circuit affirmation of class action settlement agreement related to its advertising
- Takeda achieves full affirmance of district court judgment dismissing broad False Claims Act suit
- Otsuka defends against commercial contract action
- Sewoon obtains dismissal of patent infringement action regarding stent technology
- R.J. Reynolds successfully challenges tobacco advertising ban on First Amendment grounds
- Gillette sues four former employees and its competitor for improper disclosure of trade secrets.
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