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Christopher C. Winslade


Christopher C. Winslade has developed a very diverse practice, counseling clients in all aspects of intellectual property law. Over the years, Chris has drafted and negotiated dozens of patent license and litigation settlement agreements that have generated substantial client revenue. Chris has also drafted and negotiated numerous other intellectual property related agreements, including patent know-how, trade secret, joint venture, OEM supply, trademark use, software development and technology disclosure and transfer agreements. In addition, Chris has rendered numerous opinions on patent validity and infringement issues, and has counseled clients on intellectual property issues relating to corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Chris is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has prepared and prosecuted numerous patent applications on various technologies, including broadband communications chips and related systems, data collection devices, removable computer storage devices, smart batteries, wireless networks and communication protocols, medical devices, satellite cellular telephone systems, and microphones for hearing aid and cellular telephone applications. Much of Chris' prosecution experience has been strategic in nature, involving the continual analysis of market conditions and competitor's patent positions with the goal of developing significant patent portfolios to protect product lines or generate licensing revenue. Chris has also conducted appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and has participated in a variety of inter partes proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including protests, public use proceedings and trademark registration oppositions.

Chris is a member of the Illinois Bar and a member of several federal courts, and has significant litigation experience. He has prepared and submitted briefs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Chris authored the winning briefs in the case of EMC v. Norand Corporation, which established the rule of law that a district court may dismiss a declaratory judgment action despite the existence of a case or controversy if the court finds the action was filed as a negotiation tactic during ongoing licensing discussions.

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions / Registrations

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Ohio State University, J.D.
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S.E.E., B.A. Econ.