Since joining the firm in 2010, Chris has built a body of experience and effective strategies for accomplishing clients’ underlying business goals. Chris now manages several of Zilka-Kotab’s mid-size clients' patent portfolios, providing counsel on domestic and international patent drafting and prosecution issues. Chris’ experience also includes navigating IP issues associated with domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, on both sides of the transaction. Chris provides strategic counsel and services regarding patent enforcement, mitigating infringement risk, and due diligence. In addition to the foregoing, Chris’ current interests and efforts include developing drafting and prosecution strategies to avoid/overcome abstract idea rejections before the USPTO.
Chris is proud of his efficient approach and client-oriented focus, ensuring the high quality service expected of a Silicon Valley firm, at very competitive prices. Zilka-Kotab’s dedication to these principles facilitates our clients’ ability to protect hard-earned innovations and effectively maximize market opportunities for product and service offerings. An independent analytics firm, Juristat, recently recognized Zilka-Kotab, PC as a top 100 overall patent prosecution firm, and top ten in two computer-related art units (#1 in TC 2600, and #4 in TC 2100), based on analyzing USPTO data on filing volume, allowance rate, and pendency (time and number of exchanges). Our clients can therefore count on us to provide high-quality service focused on securing valuable patent scope in the most efficient manner possible.
Chris is formally trained in the chemical sciences, and gained experience in software development and analytics while working on biodefense with the US Navy. Since joining the firm full-time, Chris has written and secured over 100 patents, ranging in subject matter from materials science (e.g. optics, munitions) to computer hardware and software (all types, especially storage media, networking, data storage, and image analysis), as well as robotics. Chris’ current focus is on image processing, particularly in the context of mobile and medical applications, enterprise content management (ECM), and business process management (BPM).