Christopher Francis is an intellectual property attorney specializing in preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications as well as counseling clients on a full spectrum of intellectual property matters. Chris advises clients on strategically building and maintaining patent and trademark portfolios based on client product lines and business plans. He also assists clients with intellectual property due diligence investigations during mergers and acquisitions.
Chris has prepared and prosecuted mechanical and electrical patent applications in numerous technologies and industries and also counsels clients on patent issues including freedom to operate investigations, infringement and validity opinions, and designing products around patents owned by competitors. Prior to Bejin Bieneman, Chris was a partner in the intellectual property department of a metro-Detroit general practice law firm, where he gained experience in marrying client’s business needs and intellectual property needs.
Chris is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 2006) and Michigan State University College of Engineering (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2002). Prior to his legal career, Chris was an engineer at General Motors.
Chris has been active for several years with the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and is a past President (2014-15) of the organization.
Organizations and Affiliations
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association – Past President (2014-15)Intellectual Property Owners Association – US Patent Office Practice Committee