Christopher M. Bruno focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation matters, primarily involving trade secrets, patents, and related contract disputes. Chris also has a broad base of experience, in and outside of IP, that allows him to effectively and efficiently manage litigation in other subject matters and to counsel clients on all types of IP risk.
Chris’s patent caseload has included complex litigation involving pharmaceutical, immunology, medical device, agritech and computing systems technology. In the area of pharmaceuticals, Chris has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in small-molecule and biologics patent infringement actions related to antibiotics, solid dosage form systems, cancer-treatment drugs, sleep aid medications, and fungal infection ointments in federal district court, including Remicade®, Lunesta®, Sensipar®, Glumetza®, Topicort®, Cubicin®, Uceris®, Jublia®, Tecfidera®, Gemzar®, Reclast®, and Zometa®. Chris has participated on trial teams in high-stakes, high-profile litigation in pharmaceutical and agritech cases, and has collaborated on matters before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Supreme Court. Notably, Chris was one of the first attorneys to litigate novel issues of statutory construction of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act.
In the area of computing systems, Chris has experience representing defendants in technical and non-technical aspects of litigation. As one example, representing a large retail restaurant chain as the lead defendant in a large defense group, Chris was just weeks away from what would have been one of the first trials in the ever-evolving area of Section 101 invalidity. Leveraging an ability to translate complicated subject matter into arguments understandable by non-technical judges and juries, Chris has had success handling cases with nascent technologies in the field.
Apart from his IP work, Chris has extensive litigation experience, including a very active critical motions and appellate practice. Chris has personally argued in three courts of appeal and has drafted critical motions and briefs in numerous subject areas, including employment, environmental, defamation, copyright, tax, and complex commercial litigation law.
Chris served as law clerk to the Hon. Todd M. Hughes for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Hon. Gail J. Standish for the US District Court for the Central District of California.
During law school, Chris served a Notes Editor on the George Washington Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a representative of the law school in the George Washington University Student Association.
George Washington University School of Law, JD, with high honors, Order of the Coif, 2009
George Washington University, BA, Political Communications, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006
District of Columbia
Courts / Agencies
US Supreme Court
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US District Court for the District of Columbia
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US Tax Court
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