Chris has over 15 years of experience in domestic and international patent prosecution, portfolio management and counseling, and patent due diligence and litigation. He has obtained several hundred domestic and international patents for his clients, which range from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Chris’ practice focuses on the software and computer science fields, particularly machine learning, cryptography, web advertising, social networks, programming languages and software engineering.

Chris spends considerable time researching and strategizing about patent eligibility issues under 35 U.S.C. § 101, especially as it pertains to software inventions. He also co-manages Fenwick’s widely-read Bilski Blog, and regularly contributes to Fenwick’s Intellectual Property Bulletin. He enjoys analyzing and formulating standards for improving patent methodologies, as well as developing software when he can find spare time.

Representative Clients

  • Facebook
  • Marin Software
  • Uber


Education & Admissions

J.D., magna cum laude
Santa Clara University
Order of the Coif

B.S., summa cum laude, Computer Science
Santa Clara University
Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to practice in California

Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney


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