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Christopher A. Bloom

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Christopher A. Bloom concentrates his practice in technology and intellectual property helping clients strategically achieve business objectives.

Mr. Bloom has counseled companies and academic institutions in strategies to develop, protect and enforce intellectual property rights. He has experience with technology exploitation and transfer, including strategic alliances, joint ventures, research and development and licensing agreements throughout the world. Mr.Bloom counsels clients concerning international distribution, licensing and franchise issues, including the structuring of agreements, compliance with applicable law and termination enforcement. He counsels clients concerning the legal issues and agreements associated with computer and electronic products, medical device software and services throughout the world, including issues such as access to data, privacy, data security, service levels (SLAs) and data rights.

In addition to representing individual clients and companies, Mr. Bloom has assisted industry consortiums and trade associations in establishing consortiums and the mechanisms for pursuing collective activity in the areas of intellectual property enforcement, research and development and licensing. He has substantial experience with the intellectual property issues involved in standards setting and standard essential patents.

Mr. Bloom has litigated cases involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, license, distribution and franchise disputes in trial courts, appellate courts, and before arbitration tribunals. He has worked on over 100 cases of patent, copyright and trademark infringement. In 1995, he led the team that prevailed in the landmark United States Supreme Court trademark case, Qualitex Company v. Jacobson Products Co., Inc., which determined that color alone could be a trademark.

Professional Background

Most of Mr. Bloom’s career has been involved with issues concerning information technology and biotechnology. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Bloom was a computer programmer. He has substantial experience in the laws applied to the internet, cloud computing, computer, hardware, software and data. In the area of information technology, he has chaired a panel at the Computer Law Association (CLA) in Milan on Business Method Patents; spoken at the Licensing Executives Society and the CLA on Trade Secret Protection; presented Legal Protection for Databases at the CLA in Paris, and spoke at the AdvaMed 2014 conference on U.S. Marketing and Distribution Strategies in Chicago. He recently chaired a seminar reviewing state of blockchain technology in the business and practice of law co sponsored by the Association of Legal Administrators and Global Legal Blockchain Consortium.

He regularly represents companies and academic institutions in connection with technology matters in areas of cloud computing, health care, biotechnology, cleantech, pharmaceutical, medical devices and agribusiness. This includes advising on intellectual property protection, research and development arrangements, licensing transactions and technology commercialization. Mr. Bloom served as a panelist for the Illinois Biotechnology Strategic Plan and he was the Chairman of the Technology Commercialization Task Force of the Economic Development Council.

Mr. Bloom is a member of the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association and has served as an arbitrator in both domestic and international disputes involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals, computer software, licensing, joint ventures and other business transactions.
Mr. Bloom is a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Board of Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Mr. Bloom is a faculty member in the e-commerce program of the DePaul University School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems. He was previously an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University School of Law.

For a list of Mr. Bloom's presentations, view his additional biographies.


  • Member of the Board of Editors, Indiana University Law Journal
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois SuperLawyer
  • Intellectual Property Advisory Board Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Director, Economic Development Council 1995-2012
  • Chairman, Technology Commercialization Task Force 1994-2012
  • Chicago Software Association
  • DePaul University School of Law (Intellectual Property Advisory Board)
  • Licensing Executives Society

Additional Information

  • “Intellectual Property Considerations for Medical Device Companies,” Medical Devices Law and Regulation Answer Book 2019, Practising Law Institute, 2019
  • “Intellectual Property Considerations for Medical Device Companies,” Medical Devices Law and Regulation Answer Book 2017, Practising Law Institute, 2017
  • “Intellectual Property Considerations for Medical Device Companies,” Medical Devices Law and Regulation Answer Book 2016, Practising Law Institute, 2016
  • “Intellectual Property Considerations for Medical Device Companies,” Medical Devices Law and Regulation Answer Book 2015, Practising Law Institute, 2015
  • “Hydraulic Fracturing in Illinois: Draft Regulations to Protect Chemical Proprietary Information,” NALTA News (National Association of Lease and Title Analysts)
  • “Illinois Attorney General Issues Guidance on Newly Amended Personal Information Protection Act,” Legal Cloud Central, March 15, 2012.
  • “Value Added Licensing: The Role of Know-How and Research Material Transfers in License Development” Les Nouvelles: Journal of the Licensing Executives Society, Vol. XXXX, No. 2, June 2005.
  • “Web Linking: Potential for Legal Entanglement,” PMI News, Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, July, 2001.
  • “Buying Office Technology: Things You Need to Know to Make the Right Choices,” ADA Legal Adviser, June, 2000.
  • “Hazy Fee-Shifting Rule Paves Way for Litigation,” The National Law Journal, February 1996
  • “Spinning an Ethical Web: Rules of Lawyer Marketing in the Computer Age,” The Professional Lawyer, American Bar Association, 1996 Symposium Issue.
  • “Does the Target’s Brainpower Provide a Competitive Edge?” Mergers & Acquisitions, January/February 1994
  • “Do You Want to Know a Trade Secret?” Information Week, October 1993
  • “US Advertising Regulation in the 90’s,” Incorporated Society of British Advertisers, August 1993 (co-author)
  • “Protection Programs Should Secure More Than Trade Secrets,” The National Law Journal
  • “Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements (Illinois),” American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 1992 (co-author)
  • “Computer Contracts-When to Call your Lawyer,” Copy/Chicago, September 1988
  • “Trade Dress Protection,” Copy/Chicago, March 1988
  • “Employees and the Protection of Technology: DEC v. Emulex,” The DEC Professional, February 1988
  • “Copyright Law: Who Owns Your Ad?” Copy/Chicago, January 1988
  • “Trade Dress Protection,” The DEC Professional, vol. 5, p. 66, April 1986
  • Software Protection,” The DEC Professional, vol. 5, p. 128, March 1986
  • “Distributions to Shareholders Under the Illinois Business Corporation Act of 1983,” Illinois Bar Journal vol. 72, p. 628, 1984
  • “Declaratory Judgments: Federal Anticipatory Relieve from State, Criminal Statutes After Stiffel v. Thompson,” 50 Indiana Law Journal, vol. 50, p. 567, 1975
  • Advised on blockchain implementations in the energy, financial services and telecom industries.
  • On behalf of numerous international companies, provided counsel on a range of supply chain matters, including the negotiation and structuring of international distribution and licensing agreements, termination of dealer/license agreements, and related disputes, including litigation. This work spans geographies, including the United States, Europe, and Asia.
  • On behalf of France Telecom, Hewlett Packard, LG Electronics, Motorola, ThingMagic, Zebra Technologies Corporation and 3M Innovative Properties Company provided legal advice for creating a patent pool for UHF RFID patents, which received a favorable business review letter from the US Department of Justice.
  • As legal counsel to the Training Media Association and the Instructional Systems Association, he helped these organizations establish nationwide copyright enforcement programs that have recovered millions of dollars from infringers.
  • Counsel to the Consortium for Plasma Science, a research and development collaborative co-founded by Baxter Healthcare, Bayer, Aventis Behring and other biologics companies to support the development of a universal approach to eradicate pathogens in blood plasma.
  • Arbitrator in disputes involving international licensing and distribution agreements; accounting for partnership and joint venture expenses and profits; computer services and systems; cellular telephone service; computer software license and maintenance agreements; copyright and authorship disputes; electronic consumer products; environmental remediation; joint venture agreements; medical devices; patent licensing agreements; pharmaceutical products; prosthetics; royalty rates; and trademark issues.
  • For international consulting and service companies, designed and implemented strategic plan for intellectual property involving worldwide trademark, copyright and other intellectual property protection providing competitive advantage.
  • Lead counsel in litigation throughout the United States involving data rights, computer software, trademark and trade dress infringement, parallel imports, copyright ownership and infringement.
  • Represented foundation for academic institution in transaction involving licensing of unique vaccine product to venture backed startup.
  • In the fields of psychology and psychological testing, provided advice on intellectual property protection, licensing and legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Representation of companies in disputes involving ownership and use of data and privacy issues.
  • Advised emerging and established companies in areas of e-commerce, medical devices, information technology and biotechnology in areas of intellectual property protection, technology transfer and regulatory compliance.
  • Moderator, Corporate Venture Capital Panel, Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund Annual Summit, Chicago, Illinois, July 11, 2019
  • Implementing Blockchain: Navigating the Future with Distributed Ledger Technology, cosponsored by Capgemini, Center for Financial Services Innovation and FinTank, Chicago, Illinois, April 3, 2019
  • Global Legal Blockchain Consortium Briefing co sponsored by the Association of Legal Administrators and Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, Chicago, IL, February 13, 2019
  • Business Opportunities with the Asian Development Bank, Chicago, IL, January 23, 2018
  • Industry Consortiums, EY Blockchain for Energy Trading Working Group, June 8, 2017
  • Cracking the Code:Cybersecurity forTomorrow, Cargegie Mellon University -CyLab Security and Privacy Research Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, November 10, 2016
  • FRAND Obligations and Essential Patent Licensing, Seattle, WA, November 9, 2015
  • 2015 Fraud & Forensic Symposium, Illinois CPA Society, Chicago, IL, October 21, 2015
  • Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015, Practising Law Institute, Chicago, IL, Apr. 23 - 24, 2015
  • FRAND Obligations: Strategies For Helping Companies and Their Counsel Develop a Playbook For FRAND Requirements, Law Seminars International, Seattle, WA, October 30, 2014
  • U.S. Marketing and Distribution Strategies for Medical Device Products, AdvaMed 2014, Chicago, IL, October 9, 2014
  • Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2013, Practising Law Institute, Chicago IL, November 8, 2013.
  • Cloud Computing - Legal and Technological Issues in an Evolving Industry, Baker Tilly, Chicago, IL, May 30, 2013
  • Legal Issues in Software Development, Law Seminars International, Seattle, WA, June 16, 2010
  • Collaboration in Technology Exploitation - Standard Setting, Patent Pools and R&D Consortium, Licensing Executives Society, Minneapolis, MN, February 18, 2009
  • Patent Combinations: Consortia, Patent Pools & Standards, Speaker, Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, Annual Meeting, Puerto Rico, January 26, 2009
  • Admissibility of Electronically Stored Evidence under the Federal Rules of Evidence, Speaker, ITech Law Association, 2008 European Conference, Barcelona, Spain, November 7, 2008
  • An In-House Perspective on Patent Pools:  Jump In or Run Away?, Co-Author, AIPLA, 2008 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, October 23, 2008
  • Clean Technologies & Sustainability:  Global Perspectives and Opportunities, Conference Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, IL, September 9, 2008
  • How Can A Manufacturer Access Technology?, Meeting Chair, Technology Commercialization Task Force Forum, Economic Development Council, Chicago, IL, February 21, 2008
  • When IT Contracts Go Wrong:  Resolving Disputes with Litigation, Speaker, ITech Law Association, 2007 European Conference, London, England, November 2, 2007
  • Standard Setting and IP Policy Issues, Speaker, Via Licensing Summit , Standard Setting IP Policy Issues, Monterey, California, October 10, 2007
  • Due Diligence for University/Industry Collaborations and Licenses, Speaker, American Conference Institute, Life Sciences Conference, New York, NY, April 11-12, 2007
  • RFID Intellectual Property Environment, Speaker, RFID World Conference 2007, Gaylord, TX, March 26, 2007
  • Successful Incubator and Tech Park Models for Technology Commercialization, Conference Chair, Technology Commercialization Task Force, Economic Development Council, Chicago, IL, March 20, 2007
  • Licensing Negotiations and Ethics, Instructor, Licensing Executives Society, Professional Development Series, San Francisco, CA, February 23, 2007
  • Commercializing Technology to Drive New Business Formation:  The Experience of Entrepreneurs, Conference Chair, Technology Commercialization Task Force Forum, Economic Development Council, Chicago, IL, November 14, 2006
  • Technology Commercialization: Opportunities and Challenges, Speaker, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL, October 9, 2006
  • Intellectual Property Risks, Speaker, Waters Financial Industry Risk Management, New York, NY, September 20, 2006
  • Use of Surveys and Survey Experts in U.S. Trademark Litigation, Presenter, IPO, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, September 12, 2006
  • Consortiums for Developing and Licensing Intellectual Property:  Exploring Anti-Trust Rules and Exemption, Presenter, Licensing Executives Society, 2006 Annual Meeting, New York, NY, September 11, 2006
  • Building a Connect-Like Organization in Chicago: Connecting Illinois’ Amazing Technology Resources, Conference Chair, Technology Commercialization Task Force Forum, Economic Development Council, Chicago, IL, May 15, 2006
  • Making the Right Business Decisions in Managing IP Litigation, Presenter, Licensing Executives Society, 2005 Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, October 18, 2005
  • Know-How and Materials:  Perspectives on Licensing/Transaction Value, Speaker, Licensing Executives Society, 2004 Annual Meeting - Energy, Chemicals, Petrochemicals, Polymers & Associated Industries Mini- Plenary Session, Boston, MA, October 17-21, 2004
  • Magic Words in Contracts:  It’s Not All About the Money, Speaker, Association of University Technology Managers, 2004 Regional Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 2, 2004
  • Building Values Through Strategic Alliances, Speaker, Ontario Trade Missions to Supercom, Canadian Consulate, Chicago, IL, June 21, 2004
  • Commercialization of Technology:  The Distance Between Research and Development, Speaker, Economic Development Council, Luncheon, Chicago, IL, January 28, 2004
  • Building Value Through Strategic Alliances, Breakfast Speaker, Business Leadership and Counsel Breakfast Series, Clinton & Gunderson LLP, Oak Brook, IL, May 15, 2003
  • How to Draft the IP License Agreement, Speaker, Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, March 14, 2003
  • Copyright Protection, Speaker, Instructional Systems Association, 2002 Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, September 6, 2002
  • Fung Shui Your IP:  Protecting Data and Know-How, Speaker, University of Illinois Forum, Chicago, IL, April 3, 2002
  • Commercializing Technology:  Licensing, Guest Speaker, DePaul University Kellstadt School of Business, Chicago, IL, February 18, 2002
  • Managing Your Company’s Intellectual Assets in the New Millennium:  A Changing Landscape, Co-Presenter, January 17, 2002
  • Trade Secret Protection for Business Methods and Operating Processes, Speaker, Global Legal Issues in Electronic Commerce, Computer Law Association, 2001 Annual Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, October 12, 2001
  • Non-Profits and The Internet, Seminar Speaker, First Non-Profit Mutual Insurance Co., Chicago, IL, July 19, 2001
  • Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, Speaker, Instructional Systems Association, March 19, 2001
  • Health & the Information Age:  Bio-Tech Intellectual Property Issues and Licensing, American Bar Association, Seattle, WA, March 13, 2001
  • Healthcare E-Commerce Revolution:  Intellectual Property Issues, Speaker, American Law Institute, New York, NY, March 13, 2001
  • What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Digital Age, Speaker, Training Media Association, Webinar,  March 11, 2000
  • The Consortium for Plasma Science and the International Science and Technology Consortium, Speaker, BIO 1998, Seattle, WA, July 22, 1998
  • The Expanding European Market:  Strategies for Growth, Legal Pitfalls & Opportunities: Intellectual Property, Speaker, Economic Development Council, Chicago, IL, March 3, 1998
  • Legal Aspects of Technology, Speaker, Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors, Hammond, IN, May 9, 1997