Chris Franich is an intellectual property attorney in Snell & Wilmer’s San Diego office who concentrates his practice in patent prosecution, intellectual property portfolio counseling and transactions, and USPTO proceedings. During his over 10 years of practice, he has developed and executed intellectual property strategies for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies and he utilizes this extensive experience to serve as a trusted advisor to his clients. Chris also has experience developing and managing domestic and international patent portfolios.
Chris has advised companies across an array of technologies, including medical devices, instrumentation, software generally, machine-learning, electro-mechanical, imaging, composite structures, consumer goods generally, and design patents. He has experience in pre-suit dispute resolution as well as adversarial settings, such as district court patent litigation, matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and arbitration, providing valuable insight in his portfolio counseling and related risk evaluation.
Prior to starting his law career, Chris graduated with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and worked as a mechanical engineer at a large aerospace manufacturer developing unmanned air vehicles. He also served in the Peace Corps in Honduras as a civil engineer implementing water systems and renewable energy systems.
Provided day-to-day patent portfolio counseling for several subsidiaries of multinational pharmaceutical industry companies, including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke therapies, stents, flow diverters, revascularization devices, cardiac ablation catheters, balloon catheters, programmable neurovascular implants, cardiac support jackets, related instrumentation, contact lenses, auto injectors, clinically evaluated medical devices, and related operational and dosing software applications
Represented an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven healthcare technology company working in the life sciences, oncology, pathology, machine learning, and healthcare spaces with patent prosecution
Represented a San Diego-based medical device firm with patent portfolio development and patent ownership dispute related to electrostatic sprayers
Provided day-to-day patent portfolio counseling for a publicly traded electric vehicle company
Represented a multinational aerospace technology company with patent prosecution
Represented a mobile navigation software developer in a funded patent litigation dispute
Represented a San Diego-based tactical training service and product provider in litigation related to the enforcement of patent rights
Represented a sheet wave developer in litigation before district court, the Federal Circuit, and inter partes review (IPR) before the USPTO on issues related to patent litigation, trade secrets, and patent ownership
Represented a therapeutic compression garment manufacturer with patent portfolio development and patent litigation
Represented a military grade device case manufacturer with its development of an extensive patent portfolio as part of an acquisition strategy
Assisted with the representation of a luxury candy provider with its development of an extensive patent portfolio and intellectual property enforcement
Represented a large foreign consumer goods ecommerce company with extensive product base operating throughout the United States with the patent portfolio development as well as patent dispute resolution
University of Miami School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 2012)
University of California, San Diego (B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2005)
Medical Device & Diagnostics Committee, Member
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic, Attorney Volunteer