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Biography

Chris Franich’s practice includes advising companies, from startups to Fortune 500, in developing and executing successful intellectual property strategies with respect to prosecution, portfolio counseling, transactions, opinions, and USPTO proceedings. Chris has advised companies across an array of technologies, including medical devices, electro-mechanical, imaging, software, business methods, composite structures, consumer goods generally, and design patents. Chris has developed and managed patent portfolios pre- and post-acquisition, domestically and overseas.

Chris also has experience in pre-suit dispute resolution as well as adversarial settings, such as district court patent litigation, matters before the PTAB, and arbitration, in a multitude of technologies ranging from medical devices to consumer goods and water ride attractions, providing valuable insight in his portfolio counseling and related risk evaluation.

Chris joins BoMc after practicing more than eight years at a large general practice firm and an Amlaw 50 firm. Before practicing law, Chris worked as a mechanical engineer with a large aerospace manufacturer developing unmanned air vehicles. Chris also served in the Peace Corps in Honduras as a civil engineer designing and implementing water systems and renewable energy systems. While earning his undergraduate engineering degree, Chris worked with a team of graduate and undergraduate students to develop an unmanned atmospheric research aircraft in conjunction with the National Science Foundation and Scripps.

* Admitted only in CA. Practice limited to matters and proceedings before federal courts and agencies.

Highlights

  • Representing a startup water ride company in high-stakes matters, in district court and before CAFC and the PTAB, involving patent infringement, trade secrets and California employment law.
  • Representing and guiding a medical device company in matters before U.S. and foreign patent offices pre- and post-FDA approval.
  • Represented a medical device company in a high-stakes patent infringement matter concerning a significant client product. Chris developed a strategy that caused a swift settlement between the parties.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2012
  • University of California, San Diego, B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2005