Christopher Hines is a partner in the firm's Chicago office. He is a member of the IP procurement practice group.
Christopher counsels high technology companies on the development of intellectual property assets, focusing on acquiring and managing patent portfolios in a variety of industries including: software, Software-as-a-Service, networking and social networking platforms, machine-learning, blockchain, image processing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), fiber optics, single-sign-on security, virtual machines, Internet and communication protocols, cloud computing, databases, Internet of Things (IOT), Virtual Realty (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), streaming technologies and related services, mobile applications, medical devices, among others.
Christopher also counsels high technology companies and technology-enabled companies on a wide range of licensing and technology-related transactions, including counseling clients on matters involving: software licensing; reseller relationships; cloud services (private and public cloud relationships); joint ventures; privacy and data security; IP asset commercialization and monetization; and IP focused M&A transactions, including patent and other IP acquisitions.
Christopher advises companies on a range of data privacy and issues, including global privacy compliance, security/cybersecurity and breach response, and issues related to data use.
Christopher advises new businesses and early-stage technology companies on common intellectual property legal concerns that emerge in the early stages of growth. Christopher works with such companies to develop practices to achieve meaningful global IP strategies.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Christopher was a partner at an AmLaw 100 firm.
- Named an “Influential Minority Lawyer” by Crain’s Chicago Business (2017)
- CALI Award for Excellence, Theory of the Corporate Firm and Corporate Governance
- Live Presentation, “Implementing Blockchain: Navigating the Future with Distributed Ledger Technology” – April 3, 2019, K&L Gates Chicago
- Quoted, "RAIL debuts license agreements for the responsible use of AI," VentureBeat, 11 February 2019