Christopher McKee

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Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.


Christopher McKee counsels extensively in patent matters, with much of his current practice devoted to evaluations of freedom to operate and validity/patentability in the mechanical and electrical arts.

Mr. McKee has considerable expertise with respect to patent reexaminations. He has prepared and filed numerous granted requests for reexamination, and has successfully defended patents undergoing reexamination. The art areas of these reexaminations have included electronic design automation (EDA), computer networking/digital data transmission and dynamic system control.

In addition, Mr. McKee has substantial experience in patent litigation and licensing matters, and he has prepared and successfully prosecuted scores of patent applications, in numerous technologies. These include EDA, integrated circuit fabrication, computer (hardware and software), communications, medical device and machine tool technologies and consumer appliances. Mr. McKee’s experience as a patent examiner has given him a particular sensitivity to examiner concerns, enabling him to negotiate cases to allowance with great effectiveness.

Christopher McKee began his career in intellectual property law with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO), where he served as a patent examiner from 1984-86. There, he examined patent applications in a variety of arts, including metal founding and metal fusion bonding.

Mr. McKee serves as an adjunct law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a class on Intellectual Property Litigation, Pretrial Skills. He is a member of numerous professional associations and has served as a faculty member for Patent Resources Group’s bi-annual patent bar review course, and as a steering committee member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Section. Mr. McKee chaired the firm’s New Attorney Education program from 2003 – 2009, and remains active as a presenter in that program.

Mr. McKee earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University in 1983, and his Juris Doctor from the National Law Center of George Washington University in 1988. He is admitted to the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. McKee practices in the Washington, DC office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

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