Chris Adams’ combination of more than 10 years of information technology (IT) industry work with more than 12 years of intellectual property (IP) experience provides him with the rare ability to help both emerging growth and global companies negotiate the thicket of legal issues related to IT and computer internet technology (CIT). That is why technology innovators and service providers, software developers, and universities – across a gamut of security and internet areas – seek Chris’ counsel to help them thoroughly exploit their IP assets. He guides clients in creating and protecting patents and other forms of IP through commercialization, licensing and, when needed, enforcement.

    Before joining the firm, Chris gained hands-on IT and CIT industry experience at several Northern Virginia federal government IT solutions providers. His experience extends to all phases of the software development lifecycle, as well as other IT and CIT areas, and he holds many industry certifications.

    Although Chris has vast experience in the IT and CIT areas, his chemistry background has often come into play in his legal work. As a result, Chris has a substantial amount of IP experience in the life and health sciences.

    Christopher is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, which promotes the role of public service and pro bono work in the practice of law and the development of public policy.

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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.
    • Key member of a team prosecuting a patent infringement action on behalf of a radiation therapy equipment innovator client against its archrival, ultimately leading to a global resolution of various infringement actions between them in several countries.
    • 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 a software anti-virus in a multi-defendant patent infringement suit related to the centralized management of software and licenses across a network. Successfully invalidated a majority of the asserted claims by a motion to dismiss.
    • Represented an educational software company in a breach of licensing agreement dispute.
    • Represented the defendant in a software copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secret dispute. Negotiated favorable settlement terms for our client.
    • 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.
    • Represented an IT solutions provider with pre-action discovery related to an alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.
    • Successfully 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 a 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

    • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, 2013
    • District of Columbia, 2008
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2008
    • Virginia, 2007

    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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    • Moderator, “Open Source Series: Beyond License Compliance,” American Bar Association, Webinar, October 10, 2018.
    • Moderator, “Open Source Software Series: Understanding the Risks of Open Source for Technology Clients,” American Bar Association, Webinar, April 26, 2018.
    • Guest, “Changes Regarding the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers,” Capital Thinking Radio Show, April 24, 2014.

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