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Christopher J. Harnett (Chris)


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  • Georgetown University (J.D. cum laude 1990); American University (M.A. in Cellular Biology and Molecular Biology 1986; Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, 1984-1986); Binghamton University (SUNY) (B.A. in English and Biology with distinction 1984)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal and First Circuits, U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Chris Harnett has been trying intellectual property cases for more than 25 years. He has been lead counsel in dozens of litigations and has appeared in more than 30 district courts around the country. In the course of his career, Chris has prevailed for both plaintiffs and defendants at the pleading stage, during preliminary injunction proceedings, on summary judgment, after bench and jury trials, and on appeal. He has successfully tried patent infringement and trade secret cases involving a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, computer systems, and consumer products.

Clients turn to Chris for clear, dynamic, and persuasive presentation — both in the courtroom and in briefing. His legal acumen and scientific background combine to enable him to focus on clients' technical issues and craft a legal strategy to best serve their needs. Chris has a breadth of experience that allows him to work with clients from the beginning of a case to develop an efficient strategy that furthers their business and litigation objectives. He was recently listed in the Intellectual Asset Manager (IAM), where clients comments included that he is "unbelievably smart and diligent, and his sensible, balanced approach gives him lots of credibility with the courts."

Chris frequently speaks and writes on patent infringement and other IP-related topics.

Honors & Distinctions

  • The Legal 500 US: intellectual property — patent litigation

    IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2014-2016)

    The Best Lawyers in America (since 2009)

    Who's Who Legal (2016)

    New York Super Lawyers (2006-2016)

    Lawdragon 500 "New Stars, New Worlds"
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