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Christopher B. Austin



Chris is a partner focusing his intellectual property practice on domestic and international patent matters relating to mechanical, electro-mechanical, medical, materials science, software, and business method technologies.

He also helps clients acquire and enforce United States and foreign trademark rights, copyrights and trade secrets, negotiates intellectual property licenses and technology transfers, and prepares patentability and non-infringement opinions. His work applies strategic planning to intellectual property protection to help clients achieve their business goals.


Chris provides strategic, business-centric counsel to clients regarding the protection of their intellectual property assets. His practice focuses on:

  • Domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution
  • Patent portfolio management
  • Establishment, development, and management of intellectual property systems
  • Intellectual property transactions, such as patent portfolio acquisitions and divestitures; public and private financing relating to client patent portfolios; patent auctions on behalf of sellers and buyers; and all aspects of development and joint development ventures, including intellectual property ownership, confidentiality, financial structures and terms, enforcement, and product supply

Honors & Recognitions

  • Leading Intellectual Property and Licensing Lawyer, Chambers USA

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Milwaukee Chapter



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