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Christina V. McDonough



Christina McDonough is an Associate in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson. Her practice emphasizes patent prosecution, portfolio management, reexamination, counseling, and due diligence in the areas of electrical engineering, materials, software, and business methods.  Ms. McDonough has particular expertise in the areas of semiconductor fabrication and testing, financial algorithms, medical software and telecommunications. 

Prior to focusing her practice on patent prosecution, Ms. McDonough worked as a litigator at Fish & Richardson.  As a litigator, Ms. McDonough was part of a team that tried a five patent semiconductor test equipment case before the United States International Trade Commission.  The technology at issue related to semiconductor test equipment manufactured using Micro-electrical-mechanical systems (MEMs).  A victory on behalf of Respondent client was obtained – invalidating one patent and establishing non-infringement for remaining asserted patents.  (In the Matter of Certain Probe Card Assemblies, Components Thereof and Certain Tested DRAM and NAND Flash Memory Devices, Ct Intl Trade). 

Ms. McDonough was previously a Summer Associate with the firm (2007) and has worked in financial compliance with Goldman Sachs.  Her technology experience includes a position as an engineer in the Voice Technology Group of Cisco Systems, an applications engineer in the voice quality group for Empirix, a Consultant for Iconverse.com, and an application developer at CMGI-MyWay.com and Raytheon.


  • Massachusetts 2007
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office 2007

Memberships and Affiliations

Chairperson of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Professional Development Committee;

Volunteer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals;

Mentor, Society of Women Engineers; and

Member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Dog Organization  

Other Distinctions

"Rent Control and Rent Stabilization as Forms of Physical and Regulatory Takings," Environmental Affairs Law Review (2007).


  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2002
    Computer Science and Engineering
  • JD, Boston College Law School 2007
    magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    Environmental Affairs Law Review