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Chris Katopis is Assistant Director at CPIP. As Assistant Director, Chris works closely with CPIP scholars in their research and the promotion of comprehensive intellectual property law and policy. Prior to joining CPIP, Chris served in a number of roles in the federal government and private practice. In government, he was the Legislative Director and Counsel to U.S. Representatives Sonny Bono and Mary Bono; later, he served as a counsel to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, IP and Courts Subcommittee. At the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Chris served as the Deputy Administrator for External Affairs and Director of Congressional Relations. He was a law clerk for the Hon. Pauline Newman at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. During his government tenure, Chris worked on a number of IP and trade related matters ranging from patent reform legislation; the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act; TRIPs/trade FTAs; geographic indications; privacy and Internet policy; and, federal agency oversight.
Chris has written extensively on patent law and policy, including scholarship such as Perfect Happiness?: Game Theory As A Tool For Enhancing Patent Quality, 10 Yale J.L. & Tech. 360 (2008). Further, he has testified before the U.S. Congress on numerous occasions. In addition to his CPIP work, Chris is active in a number of professional organizations. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Division Council, as well as, serving as a past Chair and Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the IEEE-USA. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering (B.S.) and the Temple University School of Law (J.D.). Chris is named as an inventor on more than 70 U.S. patents.