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Summary

Christopher R. Butler focuses his practice on intellectual property and business law matters. With a background in law and business administration, Chris uses the intersection of the two disciplines to effectively guide clients through the intricacies of intellectual property matters, such as drafting patent and trademark clearance opinions, drafting and negotiating licensing and technology transfer agreements, and representing clients in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation matters.

Chris earned his MBA in 2016, which is reflective of his passion for intellectual property issues and their impact on corporate matters. Chris brings unique insights to his clients on how intellectual property assets influence brand awareness and identity, affect financial and purchasing decisions, and further shape the organizational strategy of a business.

He works closely with his clients to develop comprehensive intellectual property portfolios consisting of multiple layers of protection, which may include utility and/or design patents, federal and/or state trademark registrations, copyright registrations, and trade secret protection. Through thoughtful consideration of the needs and goals of each specific client, Chris creates a personalized protection plan for each client’s portfolio, with an eye toward furthering each individual client’s specific business goals.

Professional History

  • Associate, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2015-present; Intellectual Property Law Clerk, 2013-15; Legal Intern, 2009-13

Credentials

Education

The University of Akron College of Business Administration, MBA, 2016

 

The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 2015

 

Miami University, B.A., Chemistry, 2012

Community Involvement

United Way Young Leaders, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Cabinet Member, 2017-present; Hahn Loeser Corporate Chapter, Co-Chair, 2016-present

 

We Run This City, Volunteer, Registration and Half Marathon Pacer, 2017; Advisory Board Member, 2017-present

 

Toastmasters International, Mid-Day Toastmasters Club No. 1790, Vice President of Education, 2017-present

 

Junior Achievement, BlitzDay, 2017

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio, 2015

 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2016

 

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2016

 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2014

Awards & Distinctions

CALI Award for Valuation of Firms & IP, May 2015

 

Competent Leader Award: Toastmasters International, June 2017