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Christopher M. Tobin



Clients look to Chris for his background in patent prosecution and counseling, with an emphasis on high technology intellectual property matters.

Chris’ responsiveness to client needs and experience handling large and complex projects have helped produce successful outcomes in patent preparation, litigation, and examination. He also has an outstanding track record in patent post-grant procedures such as inter partes review, re-examination, and supplemental examination. Chris’ intellectual property portfolio management experience encompasses planned acquisition, due diligence related to portfolio acquisition, and auditing of existing patent portfolios.


Representative technologies in the electrical and computer arts include:

  • Networks
  • Display and imaging devices
  • Electronic commerce
  • Semiconductors
  • Electrical circuitry
  • Software

Prior to joining Michael Best, Chris worked as a patent examiner and senior counsel for a multinational corporation. He lectures and writes regularly on the spectrum of patent issues for the Practicing Law Institute, where he also mentors lawyers on advanced patent prosecution.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Named Client Service All-Star by BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2016, 2019
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2014, 2015, 2016

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers



Community Involvement

  • Little League Baseball Coach (2003-2009)
  • Youth Development League Basketball Coach (2004-2012)
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