Adams, Christopher W.

Christopher W. Adams

Of Counsel
Christopher Adams combines more than a decade of certified information technology industry experience with his legal training and skills to assist clients in a broad range of industries with patent prosecution, intellectual property licensing and litigation, technology transfer and related matters. He brings to clients the rare ability to translate information gained in communication with hardware, software and internet developers into a legal context.  

Christopher’s clients include companies in the gaming and e-sports, software development, medical device, telecom, chemical engineering, airline, satellite television, metals and mining industries as well as universities. He represents them in matters related to intellectual property portfolio development and management, patent opinions, patent strategies, freedom to operate analyses and other intellectual property due diligence. 

He advises clients on all facets of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)'s new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program. In his work in this area, Christopher counsels clients on ICANN’s new gTLD program dispute resolutions before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and the International Center of Expertise of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He litigates for and advises international clients on strategies to combat Internet/email fraud. 

Before joining the firm, Christopher worked for more than 10 years in the information technology field, where he holds numerous industry certifications, including the following active certifications, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Microsoft Certified Database Administrator. Christopher has experience with all phases of the software development lifecycle, as well as other computer related technology areas. Christopher’s technical experience also includes a broad chemical understanding and laboratory research in the area of polymer chemistry. 

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Litigation

  • Successfully represented a patent owner as plaintiff in multiple patent infringement suits relating to clinical trials.
  • Successfully represented a patent owner as plaintiff in a multi-defendant patent infringement suit relating to e-commerce relational databases.
  • Successfully defended a mining company in a patent infringement suit relating to on-road and off-road vehicles.
  • Successfully defended an airline in a patent infringement suit relating to the online ticket reservation process.
  • Successfully defended major US metals distributor in a trade secrets-based section 337 unfair imports dispute before the US International Trade Commission involving stainless steel, resulting in termination of distributor from the investigation and no remedy issued against it.
  • Represented an educational software company in a breach of licensing agreement dispute.
  • Defended a software company in a patent infringement suit relating to access rules.  Negotiated favorable settlement terms for our client prior to the files being transferred out.
  • ŸSuccessfully defended a satellite television provider in multiple arbitrations before the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and the International Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Drafted an Inter Partes Review petition (IPR) under the America Invents Act as part of a litigation strategy for invalidating the patents of a client’s competitor. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board subsequently found all claims in US Patent Application No. 8,667,992 were obvious in light of the prior art.

Transactional IP 

  • Patent freedom-to-operate opinions involving interactive kiosks technology.
  • Patent freedom-to-operate opinion involving predictive modeling technology.
  • Negotiated and drafted a software license between a US religious entity and an Israeli software vendor.
  • Coordinated intellectual property (IP) due diligence for a transaction related to the acquisition of a social media platform by a Russian entity.

Prosecution

  • Assisted a former telecommunications company with maintaining and developing an extensive patent portfolio covering technologies in the telecommunications and mobile device industry.
  • Assisted aHTML foreign university with maintaining and developing an extensive patent portfolio covering technologies in multiple areas.
  • Drafted  or prosecuted patent applications with respect to various patent technology matters including, telecommunications, chemicals, software, social media, semiconductors, neural networks, storage tanks and medical devices.

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006
  • College of William & Mary, B.Sc., American Chemical Society Certified, 1997

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2008
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2008
  • Virginia, 2007
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, 2003

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyers of Color Hot List (2014)
  • Certificate of Achievement from the Maryland National Guard J6/Chief Information Officer (2005)

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