Kris is the co-team lead of the firm’s Patent practice. Her practice focuses on patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, e-commerce and technology licensing with particular emphasis on biochemical and chemical patent prosecution.
Her practice comprises client counseling, preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications; proceedings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers; foreign patent and trademark protection; licensing of intellectual property rights; infringement, validity, patentability, due diligence and freedom to operate studies; and intellectual property acquisition, portfolio management and protection. Kris also drafts and negotiates complex agreements related to software licensing, software and web development, joint development, patent and technology licensing and confidentiality.
Kris has prepared and prosecuted patents in the energy and biofuel fields, including microbe-enhanced oil recovery and natural gas production from deep wells, conversion processes of gases to synthetic oil and conversion processes of algae to biofuel.
Kris represents clients in a variety of other technologies, including biotechnology, polymer film technologies, agricultural chemistry, chemical compounds, compositions and processes, software, healthcare and mechanical devices.