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.