Christopher Trainor is a partner and has been with the firm since 2002. He has an extensive background in IP law with an emphasis in patent prosecution, including conducting patent validity analyses and freedom-to-operate studies. He also has a great deal of experience preparing patent opinions in connection with portfolio design strategies and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Trainor’s expertise is primarily in the electromechanical and mechanical arts; he works with clients who are building portfolios of medical and surgical devices. In this realm, he has developed a long-standing relationship with Medtronics and has helped the company vastly broaden its scope in the medical device sector.
In some ways, pursuing a career in IP law was a natural progression for Mr. Trainor, since his father was the chief patent attorney with Bell Labs. After earning his B.S. in marine engineering at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Mr. Trainor became a patent examiner with the USPTO. During this time, he also began his legal studies and earned his J.D. at the George Mason University School of Law.
- George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1993
- United State Merchant Marine Academy, Bachelor of Science, Marine Engineering, 1987
- New York Bar
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
Mr. Trainor has been able to leverage his experience as a patent examiner into establishing a successful career as a patent attorney. Because of his first-hand knowledge of the patent-approval process, he is capable of answering many questions and easing the concerns of our clients. Mr. Trainor is also well aware that technological advances happen at a rapid pace and that the law in this realm is constantly evolving. He enjoys working with clients, sharing his insights with the firm’s associates, and advising engineers on how to best protect their IP. Mr. Trainor is adept in conducting due diligence, patent validity and infringement analysis and in preparing patent opinions.