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Christopher R. O'Brien

Christopher R. O'Brien

Christopher R. O’Brien is counsel in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. Chris’ practice focuses on developing a deep understanding of a broad range of technologies and business needs to solve clients’ complex legal issues.

Chris’ practice, in particular, encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent litigation at the International Trade Commission (ITC) and District Court, post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), portfolio analysis, patent prosecution, due diligence, and counseling. His primary areas of technical experience include: semiconductor fabrication, microprocessors, light emitting diodes, medical devices, wireless communications, computer hardware and software, artificial intelligence, and consumer electronics.

During his time at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Chris has been selected as a Washington DC "Rising Star" from 2018-2019 by Super Lawyers for his intellectual property work.

In addition to his intellectual property practice, Chris has provided pro bono services through the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the DC Bar Association.

Chris earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.


  • Super Lawyers, "Rising Star - Washington DC" (2019 - 2018)

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Brooklyn Law School
Electrical Engineering
Texas A&M University


District of Columbia
United States Patent & Trademark Office


Bar Association of the District of Columbia