Chris serves as Of Counsel to the firm. As an attorney, inventor, lobbyist, and engineer, Chris brings a wealth of diverse substantive knowledge and federal government experience to the firm’s clients. He is a known leader in the intellectual property and financial services sectors, including serving as the executive director of several key industry trade groups.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris served as a senior legal advisor in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, where he worked on a wide range of intellectual property policy, litigation, and administrative matters, including monitoring Federal Circuit briefs and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) opinions.
Prior to working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Chris served as Executive Director of the Association of Mortgage Investors (AMI), the primary trade association representing investors in mortgage-backed securities (MBS), along with life insurance companies, state pension and retirement systems, and university endowments, and advocating for investor rights and solutions to the housing crisis. As the Executive Director of the Licensing Executives Society International, he helped an international coalition of IP and tech transfer professionals advance the business of licensing globally.
Chris regularly supports a range of pro bono advocacy activities. He advocated for the congressional passage of the “Formerly Owned Resources for Veterans to Express Thanks for Service Act (FOR VETS Act),” a bipartisan, bicameral bill to provide common-sense economic assistance to help improve the lives of veterans. The bill was championed by Senators Susan Collins, Patrick Leahy, and Tom Carper in the Senate and ultimately signed into law.
Chris lives in Washington, D.C. where he is active in a number of community organizations. He is also a prolific inventor holding numerous U.S. patents and often lectures at D.C. area law schools.
- Temple University School of Law
- University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Science
- Bronx High School of Science
- The State Bar of the District of Columbia
- The State Bar of New Jersey
- The State Bar of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office registration
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Chris J. Katopis, The Curious Crypto Question: Do Patents Advance FinTech Innovation? The Paradox Arising From Five Key Recent Trends, 38 Santa Clara High Tech. L.J. 1 (2021).
- Chris J. Katopis, Perfect Happiness?: Game Theory As a Tool for Enhancing Patent Quality, 10 Yale J.L. & Tech. 360 (2008).
- Chris J. Katopis, “Federal Circuit’s Forgotten Lessons: Annealing New Forms of Intellectual Property through Consolidated Appellate Jurisdiction, 32 John Marshall L. Rev. 581 (1999).
- Chris J. Katopis, Patients v. Patients?: Policy Implications of Recent Patent Legislation, 71 St. John’s L. Rev. 329 (1997).
- Senior Legal Advisor, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- Clerk to the Honorable Pauline Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
- Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, working on a range of antitrust, intellectual property, telecommunications, and privacy legislative and oversight matters.
- Counsel and Legislative Director, The Honorable Sonny Bono, U.S. House of Representatives.
- Director of the Office of Congressional Relations, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.