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2021 Activities & Affiliations

  • Advisor, AgLaunch

  • Advisor, Bethesda Green Hub

  • Advisor, First Flight Venture Center

  • Advisor, Nashville Entrepreneur Center

  • Advisor, Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) Innovation Crossroads

  • Advisor, Yale Tsai CITY

  • Board of Directors, Green|Spaces

  • Board of Directors, Mustard Seed Ranch

  • Commissioner, Great Smoky Mountains Park, State of Tennessee

  • Commissioner, Putnam County, State of Tennessee

  • Executive Council, TBA Intellectual Property Section

  • Faculty, National Institutes of Health (NIH) RADx Program

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Evaluator, Center for Biocomposites and Bioplastics


  • District of Columbia

  • State of Tennessee

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office



  • 2021, B Corp Best For The World

  • 2021, Real Leaders Top 150 Impact Company

  • 2021, Thomson Reuters SuperLawyer

  • 2020, B Corp Best For The World

  • 2020, Leadership Tennessee

  • 2020, Thomson Reuters SuperLawyer

  • 2019, Federal Lab Consortium Deal of the Year

  • 2019, B Corp Best For The World

  • 2019, Thomson Reuters SuperLawyer

  • 2018, Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Lawyer

  • 2018, Top Impact Business Leader, Conscious Company Magazine

Illustrative Matters

Corporate & IP Counsel 

  • Bite® – Shark Tank Disruptor

  • Cambium Carbon – Forbes 30 under 30

  • National Science Foundation, Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) Program

  • Rich Froning & Mayhem Nation – World Champion Athletes

  • Solas BioVentures – Life Science Venture Capital Group

  • UC Davis, Venture Catalyst

  • UNC Chapel Hill, Eshelman Institute for Innovation

Trademark TTAB Litigation

U.S. Federal Court Litigation

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, No. 3:21-cv-124, Sicko Inc. v. Ian Connor, Grailed et al. 

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, No. 1:19-cv-00271, Stone Door Group, LLC v. Meade

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, No. 3:18-cv-01312, Hain Lifescience GmbH v. Seider and Hain Diagnostics, LLC

  • U.S. Federal Circuit, No. 19-1808-ZZ, v. Twitter Inc., et al.

  • U.S. Federal Circuit, No. 20-1241, v. Apple, Inc., et. al.

Presentations and Publications

  • The Delaware Public Benefit LLC: Use it to Become a “Benefit Company” in Your State.” Rockridge Briefs. 17 Oct. 2021.

  • “Scaling with Impact: Structuring, Operating, and Funding Purpose + Profit Businesses.” UC Davis Venture Catalyst Program. 25 May 2021. Presentation.

  • “Intellectual Property for Scientists.” Berkeley Postdoc Entrepreneurial Program. 20 May 2021. Presentation.

  • “Great Scott!: Conflicting Local Patent Rules in the Wake of TC Heartland and How They Impact Patent Litigation Strategies.” TBA Intellectual Property Law Annual Forum. 15 April 2021. Presentation.

  • How are Certified B Corps and Public Benefit Corporations Related?” Rockridge Briefs. 10 March 2021.

  • Open-Source Software and its Implications for Innovation.” Purdue Policy Research Institute. 4 Dec. 2020. Online.

  • Grading Georgia’s Public Benefit Law.” Rockridge Briefs. 7 Oct. 2020.

  • Scaling Social Enterprise.” Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale. 9 Sept. 2020. Online.

  • How One TTAB Case Reveals Continued Examination Flaws Post- Tam and Brunetti.” IP Watchdog. 27 Aug. 2020. Online.

  • Creating a Sustainable Business in an On-Demand, Make-It-Cheap E-Commerce Culture.” B Academics Global Summit. 5 Aug. 2020. Presentation.

  • How Open Source Software is Invading Proprietary Platforms, for Better or Worse.” Tennessee Bar Association Intellectual Property Law 2020. Presentation.

  • How Being a Benefit Corporation Can Legally Protect a Company’s Mission.” Sustainable Brands Magazine. 27 Jan. 2020. Online.

  • Leading the Growing Global Movement.” One Percent For The Planet Global Summit 2019. 5 May 2019. Presentation.

  • Improving Your Trademark EQ: How to Choose a RAD Trademark.” Rockridge Briefs. 19 Feb. 2019.

  • How to Build a Website to Support Trademark Rights and Registration.” Rockridge Briefs. 5 Jan. 2019.

  • Copyright and Public Art.” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association. Fall Seminar. Nashville, TN. 2 Nov. 2018. Presentation.

  • “Vile and Viral Trademarks.” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association. Spring Seminar. Nashville, TN. 4 May 2018. Presentation.

  • “Intellectual Property.” AgLaunch Bootcamp. Knoxville, TN. 11 July 2018. Presentation.

  • “Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs.” Tennessee Tech Rural Innovation Conference. Cookeville, TN. 7 June 2018. Presentation.

  • “Advanced Energy Entrepreneurship.” Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council. Opportunities in Energy. Knoxville, TN. 6 Dec. 2016. Presentation.

  • “Country Music Industry Fights Website Allegedly Selling Bootleg Merchandise.” Fox 17 News Nashville. 3 Aug. 2016. Television Interview.

  • “Tech Transfer to Manufacturing.” University of California, Berkeley Entrepreneurship Symposium. Biomedical Entrepreneurship: A Roadmap to the Future. Berkeley, CA. 14 Oct. 2014. Presentation.

  • “Startups and Venture Capital.” Industry Contract Officers Network Annual Meeting. Caltech University. Pasadena, CA. 16 Oct. 2012. Presentation.

  • “Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing.” University of California Intellectual Property Managers Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA. 2012. Presentation.

  • Granholm, Jennifer et al. “Creating Jobs through Investment in Renewable Energy and Clean Technology: A Proposal for Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu.” Washington, DC. 29 May 2012. Presentation.

  • “Reclaiming our Technological Posterity at the Intersection of Intellectual Property and Taxation: Uncovering how Patent Pools are Key to Recapturing the Benefits of Charitable IP Contributions,” American University Intellectual Property Brief (April 2011).

  • Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Freeing the Grid (2010).

  • Paul Herman, The Hip Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World (2009).

  • Collected Works. TAUG: To an Unknown God. University of California, Berkeley. Volumes 1-2. Original Poetry.



Kevin Christopher
Special Counsel

Tel: 1(202)-892-7500

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