Christopher M. Durkee

Counsel

Atlanta
T +1.404.256.8787
F +1.404.459.5734

Overview

Chris Durkee focuses his practice on patent prosecution, with extensive experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and drafting opinions on patentability, validity and infringement issues. He also counsels clients with domestic and international patent portfolio management and strategy. Chris maintains a strong working relationship with clients, focusing on positive communication and developing a personalized strategy for each situation.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Chris was an officer in the United States Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program. After completing a rigorous graduate-level training program, he served with distinction aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt. He also earned the distinguished Navy Nuclear Engineer qualification, successfully completing an intensive examination process, demonstrating a detailed understanding of nuclear reactor theory, electrical and mechanical systems, chemistry and radiological controls, and reactor plant operations. Chris also served as a Fleet Naval Exercise Coordinator on the staff of the Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces, Europe in London, England. Throughout his naval career, Chris received several individual and organizational decorations for outstanding service.

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  • Represents one of the world’s largest chemical producers in managing its vast patent portfolio, including preparing and prosecuting both domestic and international patent applications and advising on patent acquisition strategies.
  • Represented a leading manufacturer of high-performance protective fabrics for emergency responders, industrial workers and military personnel in managing its extensive worldwide patent portfolio, including preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications and advising on patent acquisition, freedom-to-operate and litigation strategies.
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Experience

  • Represents one of the world’s largest chemical producers in managing its vast patent portfolio, including preparing and prosecuting both domestic and international patent applications and advising on patent acquisition strategies.
  • Represented a leading manufacturer of high-performance protective fabrics for emergency responders, industrial workers and military personnel in managing its extensive worldwide patent portfolio, including preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications and advising on patent acquisition, freedom-to-operate and litigation strategies.
  • Assisted in representation of a Norwegian pharmaceutical company in patent infringement litigation initiated by a patent owner, a Minnesota corporation, in the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The 14 patents involved in the litigation relate to, among other things, beta glucan compositions for immunotherapy. The District Court granted summary judgment of noninfringement as to 12 of the 14 patents, and the case subsequently settled. Biopolymer Eng'g, Inc. v. Immunocorp, No. 05-536 (D. Minn. filed Mar. 14, 2005).
  • Represented a university in connection with the provision of patent prosecution and portfolio management services in the areas of psychiatry, physiology, pulmonary medicine, biology and chemistry, among others. Worked closely with the key faculty to form strategies that protect their innovations, control costs and achieve strategic goals. Provided guidance relative to protection of crucial elements of new innovations.
  • Represented the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is responsible for the military and homeland security functions of the United Kingdom, and prosecuted patent applications for aerospace, defense, biotechnology and chemical technologies. Also represents the technology transfer company affiliated with the MOD whose mission is to commercialize technologies having nonmilitary applications.
  • Performed patent work for an environmentally friendly cleaning solutions company.
  • Represents a power plant consultant in corporate and intellectual property matters relating to the production of electricity generators powered by alternative energy sources.

Recognitions and Memberships

Community

  • Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land: Board Member and Officer 
  • Boy Scouts of America: Boy Scout Leader

Pro Bono

  • Represented caregivers seeking to adopt children in the Grandparent Adoption Program, which trains lawyers to represent grandparents and other relative caregivers who step up to raise young children in their extended family when the children's parents are unable or unwilling to do so. Working in partnership with local legal aid programs, lawyers accept referrals of eligible families, and prepare and file the required documents to effect the adoption.
  • Accredited to prepare, present and prosecute claims for veterans’ benefits before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prior Positions

  • Office of the Commander in Chief, United States Naval Forces: Fleet Naval Exercise Coordinator (1998 to 2000)
  • United States Ship Theodore Roosevelt CVN-71
    • Chemistry/Radiological Controls Officer (1997 to 1998)
    • Reactor Mechanical Division Officer (1995 to 1997)
  • United States Navy: Officer Candidate School, Nuclear Power Training Schools, Surface Warfare Officer School (1993 to 1994)

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 59,640
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2003, with honors, Moot Court Board
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1992; magna cum laude; Chemical Engineering Honor Society, President; Engineering Honor Society