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Christopher Dillon

Principal

Boston, MA
617-956-5961
dillon@fr.com
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Background

​Christopher Dillon is a trial lawyer who specializes in complex patent and intellectual property litigation. He has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the country, in post-grant proceedings, and in investigations before the International Trade Commission (ITC).  His practice focuses on advising clients regarding IP issues, assisting clients in licensing their patents to competitors, and defending patent and trade secret litigation brought by competitors.  Chris is adept at litigating a wide range of intellectual property and commercial disputes across a wide range of industries, including solid-state lighting, software, semiconductors, optical storage, medical devices, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, insurance, and financial services. Chris represents U.S. companies, as well as many international clients involved in U.S. litigation.  Chris’s approach to litigation involves a deep understanding of his clients’ business goals, early identification of the key issues that will win the case, and a relentless focus on winning those key issues.

Before joining Fish & Richardson, Chris was a Special Assistant District Attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, where he was the lead trial attorney for fifteen trials. He also served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Edward F. Harrington of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  Before law school, Chris served for seven years as Captain in the United States Air Force (1988-1995), where he managed the development of leading-edge technology programs, including bi-static radars, signal processors, integrated databases, and information management systems.

Education

J.D., Boston College Law School 1998
summa cum laude


B.A., University of Notre Dame 1988
Program of Liberal Studies

Admissions

  • Massachusetts 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Clerkships

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, The Honorable Edward F. Harrington, 1998 - 1999

Memberships & Affiliations

​Federal Circuit Bar Association
Global Fellows (2013 - 2014)

Other Distinctions

Teaching:
Guest Lecturer, Harvard Law School, Patent Litigation (2015)
Adjunct Professor, New England Law, Patent Litigation (2012)
Moderator Fish & Richardson’s Munich Conference (2013 and 2014)
Guest, The Emily Rooney Show, WGBH Radio, "What Are You Hearing About Patent Reform?" (May 11, 2011)

Accolades: 
Named a "Super Lawyer – Rising Star" in 2005, 2006, and 2007 by Law & Politics and the publishers of Boston Magazine
Massachusetts Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition, 2005, 2006, and 2007

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