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 strategies for several clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 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 both before and after acquisitions.
Additionally, Chris has advised companies across an array of technologies, including medical devices, instrumentation, software, machine-learning, artificial intelligence, electro-mechanical, imaging, electro-mechanical, business methods, 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, in a multitude of technologies ranging from medical devices to consumer goods and water ride attractions, 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 designing and implementing water systems and renewable energy systems.
Represented a startup water ride company in high-stakes matters, in district court and before United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), involving patent infringement, trade secrets and California employment law
Represented and advised a medical device company in matters before U.S. and foreign patent offices pre- and post-FDA approval
Represented a medical device company in a high-stakes patent infringement matter concerning a significant client product
University of Miami School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 2012)
University of California, San Diego (B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2005)
Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC, Attorney (2021-2022)
Troutman Pepper, Attorney (2015-2021)
United States Patent and Trademark Office
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California