About Christopher B. Ferenc

Christopher Ferenc helps clients resolve complex patent and technology-related disputes in the federal courts and the US Patent and Trademark Office. As a registered patent attorney, Chris draws on his scientific training to provide clients with practical legal advice regarding complex legal questions across a diverse array of industries and disciplines.

Protecting technology at the heart of business

From global generic pharma giants to leading digital security companies, Chris represents clients looking for practical and efficient solutions to multifaceted legal disputes involving sophisticated technology that is critical to the success of their business. Chris represents both plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation in the US federal courts, including engaging in high-stakes patent disputes arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Chris manages all facets of patent litigation, including pre-suit investigation, fact and expert discovery, dispositive motions, pre-trial preparation, trial and appeals. Chris has also represented both patent owners and patent challengers during inter partes review proceedings at the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Chris's experience spans a diverse array of technologies. Over the course of his career, Chris has counseled clients on legal disputes involving pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, network security solutions, medical devices, cosmetics, mechanical devices, navigational instruments, wearable technology and textiles.

In addition to his litigation practice, Chris advises clients on strategic patent planning, including patent prosecution of US and foreign patent portfolios, due diligence, licensing, freedom-to-operate studies, patent landscape analysis, and invalidity and noninfringement opinions.

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Practice Focus

  • Patent litigation
  • Inter partes review proceedings
  • Hatch-Waxman litigation
  • Patent prosecution, due diligence, licensing, landscape analysis, and invalidity and noninfringement opinions

Representative Experience

  • Represent Sawai in patent litigation over a proposed generic version of Myrbetriq® (mirabegron). Currently litigating.
  • Represent Japanese pharmaceutical company in patent litigation surrounding a proposed generic version of Tecfidera® (dimethyl fumarate). Currently litigating.
  • Represented Qilu in patent litigation surrounding a proposed generic version of Aloxi® (palonosetron). Favorable confidential settlement reached.
  • Represented Apotex in patent litigation surrounding a proposed generic version of Azilect® (rasagiline mesylate). Favorable confidential settlement reached just before trial.
  • Represented generic drug manufacturer in patent litigation surrounding proposed generic version of Astepro® (azelastine). Favorable confidential settlement reached.
  • Represented Strides in patent litigation surrounding proposed generic versions of Zometa® and Reclast® (zoledronic acid). Representation ended after Strides was purchased by Mylan.
  • Represented defense contractor during inter partes review proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board concerning patented technology supporting the navigation system in a pilot helmet. Representation ended after filing patent owner response.
  • Represented defense contractor in appeal of decision from Court of Federal Claims regarding § 101 issues concerning patented technology supporting the navigation system in a pilot helmet. Representation ended after filing appeal brief.
  • Represented athletic garment manufacturer against inter partes review challenge before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board concerning patented moisture control garment technology. Favorable confidential settlement reached.
  • Represented athletic garment manufacturer as plaintiff in patent litigation concerning patented moisture control garment technology. Favorable confidential settlement reached.
  • Defended providers of network security services in patent litigation regarding methods of out-of-band authentication. Favorable confidential settlement reached just before trial.
  • Represented provider of network security services as plaintiff in patent litigation regarding its patented technology for MDSSO and methods for selectively authenticating and authorizing access to protected computer networks. Favorable confidential settlement reached.
  • Defended provider of network security services in patent litigation regarding methods for filtering email messages based on semantic modeling. Favorable dismissal reached.
  • Defended electronics technology development company in patent litigation regarding hierarchical storage manager technology. Favorable confidential settlement reached.
  • Defended sportswear company in patent litigation regarding methods and systems for physical performance monitoring. Favorable confidential settlement reached.