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Patent priorities, trademark cautions for the eco-focused

Earth Day is upon us, and the World Intellectual Property Organization has announced a theme of “Innovate for a Green Future” for World Intellectual Property […]

Apr 17, 2020  •  Continue reading >

Christopher A. Brown and Charles P. Schmal Celebrate Firm Anniversaries

Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP attorneys Christopher A. Brown and Charles P. Schmal recently celebrated their 25th and 20th anniversaries with the Firm. […]

Apr 8, 2020  •  Continue reading >

Entrepreneur and inventor, Bart Waclawik, featured in Indianapolis Business Journal

Bart Waclawik, founder and owner of Innovative Neurological Devices, is working with Woodard attorney, Christopher A. Brown, to protect his innovative medical device, the CERVELLATM […]

Oct 30, 2019  •  Continue reading >

Christopher A. Brown Hosts WFYI Fall Membership Campaign

Woodard Partner, Christopher A. Brown, and Ogletree Deakins attorney, Amanda Couture, hosted WFYI’s Fall Membership Campaign during Morning Edition. Be sure to tune in this […]

Sep 25, 2019  •  Continue reading >

What’s In A Name? The Intersection of Branding Rules and Trademark Practice / Policy

Join Woodard attorney, Christopher Brown, at the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council’s Regulated World Post Market Workshop on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Chris will address […]

Sep 10, 2019  •  Continue reading >

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Christopher A. Brown

Of Counsel

Chris is a registered patent attorney, and has been with Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner since 1996. His practice involves all intellectual property topics, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and right of publicity analysis and infringement issues.

Chris concentrates on assisting clients of all sizes in developing of patent and trademark portfolios and has significant experience with medical and health-related companies. He helps small or startup companies with protection for core intellectual property assets, and reviews products for clearance over intellectual property rights of others. Specifically, he has obtained domestic and foreign trademark and patent protection in the health and life sciences, communications, mechanical arts and other fields. Chris also provides non-infringement, freedom to operate, and validity analyses and opinions concerning patent and trademark rights, as well as assistance with proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (such as patent interference, re-examination and reissue matters or trademark oppositions and cancellations) and with European patent opposition proceedings.

Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in physics from Wabash College, which included on-campus study of optics, chemistry, electric and magnetic theory and computer science, and study of particle physics and fusion-energy technology and theory at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and he speaks and reads German.


  • Wabash College
    A.B. summa cum laude, Physics, 1989
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    J.D. summa cum laude, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1996
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1997

Representative Experience

Representing clients in matters involving medical devices and implants, orthopedic tools and implants, energy production processes and devices, communications technology, packaging technology and a variety of other mechanical devices and arts.

Handling domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution.

Handling and supporting patent, trademark, trade secret and other litigation, including litigation before U.S. International Trade Commission.

Handling adversary proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including patent interferences and trademark oppositions and cancellations.

Analysis of clients’ and others’ intellectual property rights, including reviewing patents and trademarks, drafting opinions relating to patentability, infringement or noninfringement, and freedom to operate.

Honors & Awards

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent

Speaking Engagements

  • "What’s In A Name? The Intersection of Branding Rules and Trademark Practice / Policy," Surviving in the Regulated World Post Market, Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council, September 11, 2019.
  • Guest Speaker, Center for Intellectual Property & Innovation, McKinney School of Law, March 2015.
  • Professional Affiliations

    Council Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section


  • “Patent Priorities, Trademark Cautions for the Eco-Focused,” The Indiana Lawyer, April 15, 2020.
  • “Is a Taco a Sandwich? This IP Question Isn`t Patently Absurd,” The Indiana Lawyer, December 12, 2018.
  • “Ounce of Prevention for Business IP Assets Worth Pound of Cure,” The Indiana Lawyer, April 18, 2018.