Christopher J.


Whether advising in-house counsel at a Fortune 100 corporation, or counseling principals at a technology start-up, Chris Chan helps clients identify key intellectual property and implement iron-clad legal strategies to protect it. His practice encompasses all facets of patent law including international and domestic portfolio management and strategy, patent procurement, opinions and clearance studies, due diligence, licensing and related litigation. Chris offers clients a unique combination of intellectual property legal knowledge, advanced technical training and an intimate understanding of the Asian marketplace. He obtains and enforces key patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret rights for a variety of technologies, from computers, software, and financial transaction systems, to power generation equipment and controls, electro-mechanical devices and medical devices.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Chris worked as a power industry engineer analyzing and resolving mechanical issues relating to power plant equipment and systems. He is skilled in identifying weaknesses in third-party patents and prepares non-infringement and invalidity opinions. He counsels clients on alternative options, including reexamination, design-around, and pre-litigation activities. Chris focuses on one of the fastest growing global IP issues: protecting and leveraging trademarks and IP on the Internet, including in social media, keywords and sponsored links and domain names. Chris also devises and implements proactive strategies to defend against aggressive patent holding companies.

Selected Experience

Sutherland enforces U.S. patent rights against numerous infringers for Tillotson Corporation.
Sutherland vigorously enforced U.S. patent rights against numerous infringers by coordinating licensing efforts and multiple federal district court cases. This representation involved one of the nation's largest enforcement actions, as measured by the number of defendants sued.
Sutherland aids major e-commerce client with counseling and prosecution services.
Sutherland provides domestic and international patent prosecution and counseling services to a large online retailer.
Sutherland advises GE on patent counseling and prosecution.
Sutherland provides general patent counseling and prosecution services to GE related to green/renewable energy technologies.

Professional Activities

2013 President, Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA)
Member, Asian Practice Committee, Intellectual Property Owners Association
North America Anti-Counterfeiting Sub-Committee, International Trademark Association
Board Member, Governmental & Community Relations Committee, Center for Puppetry Arts
Legal Counsel, Organization of Chinese Americans, Georgia Chapter
Intellectual Property Advisory Board, Georgia State University College of Law
Past President and Current Class Representative, Graduate Leadership Council, Georgia State University College of Law
Former Nominations Chair, Buckhead Leadership

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law
  • B.M.E., Georgia Institute of Technology
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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