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Background

Christopher Hoff is an Associate in the Twin Cities office of Fish & Richardson, and provides IP legal services to a wide variety of clients, ranging from individual inventors and start-ups to large technology companies. His practice focuses on patents, including patent portfolio development and management, patent prosecution, and post-grant proceedings. Mr. Hoff has extensive experience helping clients develop valuable IP around their technology in the US and abroad. He also has experience across a broad range of technologies and business sectors, including computer software and hardware, medical devices, telecommunications, and digital health technologies.

Mr. Hoff has extensive experience defending and invalidating patents in post grant proceedings before the USPTO, including ex parte reexaminations, inter partes reexaminations, and inter partes review proceedings. He has also provided technical assistance in patent litigation matters. Mr. Hoff has experience counseling clients on trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters, as well.

Technical Areas

While Mr. Hoff’s practice includes a broad range of technologies, his primary areas of focus relate to computer technologies and medical devices.

Computer and Electrical Technologies

Mr. Hoff’s patent practice has covered a wide variety of computer and electrical technologies, including as mobile devices, wearable technologies, mobile apps, sensors, digital health, cloud computing systems, data analysis and signal processing, search engines, web applications, social networking systems, memory and storage devices, internet advertising systems, and telecommunication systems.

Mr. Hoff has a degree in Computer Science and worked as a Software Developer at CodeWeavers, Inc. for several years before becoming an attorney.

Medical Devices

As part of his patent practice, Mr. Hoff has experience with a variety of medical device technologies, such as automated external defibrillators, implantable diagnostic and therapeutic devices, CPR assist devices, spinal implants, brain computer interfaces, prosthetic devices, medicine dispensing technologies, and catheters.​

Education

J.D., University of Minnesota Law School 2008
magna cum laude


B.A., Carleton College 2002
Computer Science
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2011
  • Minnesota 2008

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Other Distinctions

Distinctions

Mr. Hoff has been nationally recognized for his volunteer work.  In 2012, Mr. Hoff was recognized as the first volunteer patent attorney in the US to obtain a patent for a pro bono client under the USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program.  In 2004, Mr. Hoff was one of seven national recipients of REI’s "Stewards for the Environment Award" based on his volunteer work for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Foundation, a non-profit organization.

Other Experience

During law school Mr. Hoff was a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Joan N. Ericksen, United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota.

Experience

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