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Kevin Christopher

Kevin Christopher

Founder | Patent Attorney | Business Leader
  • Intellectual Property, Business Law, Trademarks ...
  • District of Columbia, Patent and Trademark Office, Tennessee
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Summary

Kevin Christopher is the principal of Rockridge Venture Law®, Tennessee’s first Certified B Corp law group and a 2019 Best For The World: Community honoree. Kevin is a registered patent attorney, active entrepreneur, and National Science Foundation (NSF) evaluator for the research hub Center for Green Solid-State Electric Power Generation and Storage (CEPS). His practice areas include: patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and litigation; corporate law, with an emphasis on benefit corporations, socially responsible businesses and high-growth emergent companies; government contracts, with an emphasis on innovation funding; corporate and investor financing; and, technology commercialization. Kevin is a Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Lawyer, and board member to several environmental and social impact nonprofits. In 2019, Kevin was nationally recognized as a Top Business Leader by Conscious Company Magazine, and named to the '20 class of Leadership Tennessee.

Rockridge Venture Law is an intellectual property and technology firm, representing unbridled innovators and disruptive technologies around the world. We're also proudly a B Corp Best for the World honoree, recognized for community impact through giving and service. Building today's companies for tomorrow's economies, at www.venturelaw.org.

Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Law
  • Trademarks
  • Patents
  • Energy, Oil & Gas Law
  • Communications & Internet Law
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
Additional Practice Areas
  • Biotech
  • Music Law
  • Art Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I offer a free, scheduled assessment of how I can help you.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Patent and Trademark Office
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Tennessee
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal
Rockridge Venture Law
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Rockridge Venture Law® was launched in 2017 to become the preeminent intellectual property and technology firm across the Appalachian Innovation Corridor. We now have offices in Chattanooga, Durham, and Nashville, and represent clients and interests globally. Our services include all aspects of intellectual property, litigation, M&A, privacy, technology transactions, and ventures. In 2018 and 2019, we were recognized as B Corp Best for the World for our commitment to triple bottom line business practices. Our pioneering environmental and social impact programs attract top-notch legal talent and assure our clients of missional alignment with their corporate values. Rockridge uniquely addresses two modern profit drivers: innovation (uptake and development), and corporate social responsibility. We're Building Today's Company for Tomorrow's Economy® by leading clients through the dizzying array of information controls, by helping them to develop and monetize proprietary assets, and by enabling their impactful products, programs, and principles.
Industrial Partnerships Office
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
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Led business development and strategic partnership activities within Industrial Partnerships Office for bioscience and biotech programs involving big data, biosecurity, drug discovery, human-on-a-chip, microbiome, microfluidics, neural interface, synthetic biology, and other specialized research and development. Created master agreements and organizational plans for life science consortia. Crafted and optimized commercialization strategies for over 400 technologies including: microelectrode array for neural recording and stimulation; nanolipoproteins for vaccine development and drug delivery; pharmaceuticals, including biologics and small molecules; and diagnostics. Negotiated license agreements, establishing valuation metrics based upon commercialization plans, comparables, market data, and intellectual property attributes. Established, negotiated, and finalized cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs), inter-institutional agreements (IIAs), inter-agency agreements (IAAs), and intellectual property management plans.
Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances
University of California, Berkeley
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Judicial Extern
Chambers of Judge Charles R. Breyer
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Law Clerk
U.S. Attorney's Office, Civil Division, San Francisco
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Education
University of California - Davis
other | Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group
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University of California - Berkeley
other | Energy, Law
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Activities: Tutor, Governor Jennifer Granholm, Renewable Energy Law & Policy; Computer Law, Berkeley School of Law; Research Member, Berkeley Rural Energy Group / Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab
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University of San Francisco School of Law
J.D. (2010)
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Honors: Arthur Zief, Jr., Scholar
Activities: Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, Survey Editor; Student Bar Association, 2L Representative; Advanced Advocacy Program, National Moot Court Competition; Public Interest Law Foundation grantee & Pro Bono Publico recipient for community service
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University of California Hastings College of the Law
Visiting Student
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Honors: Outstanding Scholarship Award, Law and Bioscience (LAB) Project
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Lipscomb University
Honors: Presenter, Tennessee Honors Conference, "Technology and God: Effects of Invention upon Spiritual Communication."
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Awards
Class of 2020
Leadership Tennessee
Mid-South Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Business Leader of the Year
Conscious Company Magazine
Attorney for Justice
Tennessee Bar Association
Pro Bono Certificate
Patent and Trademark Office
Leadership Lawyer
Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law
Outstanding Scholar
UC Hastings School of Law
Outstanding Scholar, Law and Bioscience Program
Professional Associations
State Bar of Tennessee
Member
Current
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Tennessee Bar Association Intellectual Property Section
Member, Executive Council
- Current
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Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law
Member, Class of 2017
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Biz Foundry
Advisory Board Member
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Tennessee Bar Association Legal Assistance Volunteer Patent Attorneys (LAVPA)
Advisory Board Member
- Current
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Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Member, Tech Transfer Committee
- Current
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Tennessee Energy Mentors Network
Entrepreneur in Residence
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Hip Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World
Paul Herman; Wiley
Reclaiming our Technological Posterity at the Intersection of Intellectual Property and Taxation: Uncovering how Patent Pools are Key to Recapturing the Benefits of Charitable IP Contributions
American University Intellectual Property Brief
Freeing the Grid: Best Practices in State Net Metering and Interconnection Procedures
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Speaking Engagements
Startups and Venture Capital , Industry Contract Officers Network Annual Meeting , Caltech University
Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing , University of California Office of Intellectual Property Managers Meeting
Commercialization Panel , UC Berkeley Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Symposium , Nashville, TN
UC Berkeley
http://www.2014entrepreneurshipsymposium.com/speakers
Country Music Industry Fights Website Allegedly Selling Bootlegged Merchandise , Fox News Channel 17 , Nashville, TN
http://fox17.com/news/local/country-music-industry-fighting-website-allegedly-selling-bootleg-merchandise
Panel: Entrepreneurship in Advanced Energy , Opportunities in Energy , Knoxville, Tennessee
Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council
http://www.tnadvancedenergy.com/event/opportunities-in-energy-annual-membership-meeting/
Preparing Your Patent Application for Commercial Success , TTU Renaissance Engineer Professional Development Series , Cookeville, Tennessee
Tennessee Technological University
https://www.tntech.edu/engineering/cnh-ssc/programs/professional-development-series
Certifications
Certified Licensing Professional
Licensing Executive Society
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered

Q. Can my logo that is a registered trademark change the background color while still keeping its tradmark
A: See our article here: https://rockridgelaw.com/2018/11/08/if-you-mess-with-your-trademarked-logo-say-in-a-rebrand-will-you-lose-your-trademark-rights/.
Q. Can you put a lean on mineral rights in Tennessee? If so, what are the implications, procedures, and requirements?
A: There's no straightforward answer without more of the story. For instance, a recent Tennessee case involved a dispute as to whether sandstone qualified as a mineral. Also, in order to qualify you would likely need to have provided some sort of services in connection with the mineral in order to attach to proceeds from its exploitation.
Q. Trademark ownership... implied ownership???
A: Part of this depends upon how they gave you permission. Was it a written permission to use?
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Contact & Map
Rockridge Venture Law
41 Peabody St.
Nashville, TN 37210
Toll-Free: (615) 200-6500
Rockridge Venture Law
200 W. M.L.K.
STE 1000
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Telephone: (404) 436-1800
Rockridge Venture Law
116 Locust St.
STE E
Cookeville, TN 38501
Telephone: (931) 400-0331