The intersections between technology, business and law are complex, yet filled with opportunities. Christopher's clients rely on his thirty-plus years of intellectual property experience, insightful guidance and attention to detail to guide them through these intersections and to meet their strategic business needs.
Christopher closely advises global and regional manufacturers, life science companies, chemical companies and other technology- and knowledge-based entities to develop and implement intellectual property strategies specifically designed to work to their competitive advantage. Christopher’s principal areas of practice include complex technology licensing, strategic alliances, and IP-related transactions, as well as trademarks and copyrights. He guides his clients through the complexities of acquisition, development, protection and commercialization of technology and brands in both traditional and electronic distribution channels.
Christopher strives for open, focused communication with clients. One client recently commented, “Christopher brought a vast array of experience to bear on every opportunity or concern we presented to him. He is scrupulously detail oriented, whilst maintaining a seemingly tireless and conscientious work ethic, without sacrificing the quality of the work product, or the patience required for successful client communication.”
An avid classic car enthusiast, Christopher recently completed the restoration of a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette that had been in the family for 30 years. Her name is Maxine.
- North Carolina Bar Association, Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section
- Licensing Executives Society
- Member, International Trademark Association
- Charleston Chamber, Board of Advisors, 2001- Present
- Executive Board of the College of Charleston Alumni Association, 2008-Present (President, 2012 – Present)
- Charleston Contractors Association, Member, 2000-Present
- Charleston County Board of Zoning Appeals, Member, 2007-2010
- Porter-Gaud Fathers Association, Member 2003-2009 (President, 2007-2008)
- St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Vestry, (1995-1998)
- American Cancer Society Project Advisory Committee, 1992-1996 (Chair 1995-1996)
- College of Charleston Cougar Club, 1992-1996 (President, 1995-1996)
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- Represented a gene-therapy discovery company in global licensing and commercialization of rAAV gene therapy technology for treatment of rare diseases. Representation included advising the company through two technology spin-out transactions involving exclusive licenses to two different “Big Pharma” companies with aggregate deal value of up to $1 billion.
- Represented a multinational chemical company in negotiating a multi-million-dollar technology license agreement with a European-based technology provider, to facilitate client’s manufacture of methanol from natural gas, and propylene from methanol, in connection with the company’s largest capital investment in North America.
- Served as Special Intellectual Property Counsel to Chapter 7 Trustee for Microfibres, Inc., a global textile manufacturer, and advised the Trustee in connection with the management, conservation and sale of an intellectual property estate comprised of nearly 3,000 patents, industrial designs, copyrights and trademarks.
- Represented an international plant science company in development, roll-out and implementation of global licensing model for development, production and commercialization of herbicide-tolerant crops.
- Represented a mid-market multinational specialty chemical company in structuring and negotiating multi-year strategic alliance agreement with a manufacturer of regenerated materials to produce innovative materials for the automotive and flooring markets.
- Represented a multinational specialty chemical company in structuring and negotiating a $75 million contract-manufacturing and license agreement to provide additional manufacturing capacity and improved supply chain capabilities to the client’s existing manufacturing facilities.