Christopher A. Bullard is a partner whose practice focuses on the development and management of patent portfolios for both emerging and established companies as a member of the firms’ Electrical and Mechanical Patent Prosecution practice group, and on the representation of clients in post-grant patent proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, he counsels clients on licensing, freedom to operate, and due diligence matters.
Mr. Bullard has extensive experience with medical devices in the areas of catheter based pulmonary and cardiac treatments, including targeted lung denervation (TLD), transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), and treatment of patent foramen ovale (PFO). He also advises clients on patent matters relating to a wide range of other technologies, including automotive technologies; semiconductor processing equipment; aerospace technologies; equipment for the waterworks, oil, and gas industries; and consumer electronics. Mr. Bullard regularly engages in all aspects of patent prosecution, with experience including several successfully argued appeals before the Administrative Patent Judges of the USPTO.
Mr. Bullard’s experience prior to joining the firm includes a summer law clerk position with the Office of Unfair Import Investigations at the International Trade Commission. His technical experience includes designing automation control systems for semiconductor processing equipment, food packaging equipment, harvester machinery, and circuit board manufacturing equipment as well as research in the areas of optics and semiconductor processing equipment.
Mr. Bullard is a policy and thought leader for patent practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He currently serves as a member of Council of the Section of Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association (the ABA-IPL), the oldest and largest professional organization devoted to intellectual property in the U.S., with over 21,000 members. Council is the governing body of the ABA-IPL, with four leaders elected each year to serve four year terms. In 2011, Mr. Bullard received an Outstanding Leadership Contribution Award for his efforts on policy initiatives on behalf of the ABA-IPL while serving as Chair of the Committee on Patent and Trademark Office Affairs.