Chris Kelly is a senior associate in the firm's Intellectual Property – Mechanical Patents Group. Chris focuses his practice on the procurement of patents for wide-ranging technologies, including mechanical and electro-mechanical devices, composite materials, manufacturing processes and business methods. He has experience preparing appeals and reexaminations before the USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board, investigating patent portfolios, and preparing opinions relating to patent validity, infringement and enforceability. Chris frequently counsels clients on developing strategies for protecting high-value products and innovations, litigation avoidance and dispute resolution, and managing patent portfolios in the United States and abroad.
Named a 2013 Georgia Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, Chris has been recognized as one of the top lawyers in Georgia under the age of 40. Chris also devotes time to pro bono representation of human trafficking and domestic violence victims, and was the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network’s Volunteer Attorney of the Year. Chris received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served as the publication editor of the Tennessee Law Review. Prior to law school, Chris earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, where he was a research assistant in the Woodruff School's Micromachined Sensors and Transducers Laboratory.
- Patent counsel to a worldwide package delivery and logistics services company in relation to package tracking, vehicle management and logistical efficiency technology.
- Patent counsel to a manufacturer of next-generation, carbon-fiber composite materials for aerospace applications.
- Patent counsel to a leading maker of children’s toys and infant products.
- Patent counsel to a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency photovoltaic solar cells and high-power solar modules.
- Patent counsel to the world’s largest supplier of residential and commercial flooring.
- Patent counsel to a global leader in subsea drilling and well intervention tools for the oil and gas industry.
- Patent counsel to an international packaging materials and equipment company.
- Patent counsel to a maker of automated item distribution systems.
- Patent counsel to a Japanese manufacturer of fastening devices and architectural products.
- Patent counsel to an international producer of engineered textiles and reinforcement solutions.
- Patent counsel to an international broadcasting company in relation to video transmission technology.
“2012 Federal Circuit Annual Review,” Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2012, and prior editions, 2008-2011.
2012, and prior editions, 2008-2011.
"How to Avoid Being a Standards Dinosaur," Smart Grid News, August 18, 2009.
August 18, 2009
- Atlanta IP American Inn of Court
- University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Council
- Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
- Atlanta Bar Association
- State Bar of Georgia IP Section
- Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN)