Christopher ("C.J.") Fahy is an intellectual property litigator and client counselor. As a seasoned litigator, he has litigated intellectual property matters before numerous U.S. district courts and courts of appeals, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Christopher leads cases involving patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, trade dress, the Lanham Act, unfair competition and false advertising. He has developed and implemented litigation strategy and counseled clients in a variety of technology fields including robotics, automotive systems, gaming devices, stem cells, electrical and mechanical devices, outdoor goods and services, and confectionaries. He has negotiated settlements and litigated numerous matters involving patent trolls/non-practicing entities and has experience with emergency motion practice for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunction proceedings.
As a trusted advisor, Christopher provides strategic counsel to clients in the acquisition, protection and exploitation of their patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. He also counsels clients on a number of other intellectual property issues including brand licensing and data privacy.
Christopher’s legal expertise is complemented by practical experience gained as a mechanical engineer. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked for several years as a mechanical engineer with ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB), Inc., where he specialized in mechanical issues with their robotic products, and SubZero Freezer Company, Inc., where he oversaw the manufacture of refrigeration equipment parts. In large part because of his experience in industry, Christopher prides himself on knowing his clients' business and is dedicated to client service.
- Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition (2012–2017: Intellectual Property Litigation)
- American Bar Association
- Illinois Bar Association
- Wisconsin Bar Association
- Co-host, “US Trademark Case Law Review” International Trademark Association (“INTA”) Roundtable, 2017.
- Co-host, “As the World Turns – International Trademark Developments” International Trademark Association ("INTA") Roundtable, 2016.
- Co-author, “Patent Review, Three Years In: The Pendulum Swings,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 2015.
- Author, “Are patent damages really what they seem?” Intellectual Property Magazine 2014.
- Co-author, “Proving and Defending Lost-Profits Claims,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2007.