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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 1997, Associate Editor for Law & Policy in International Business Journal
    • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Utah, 1994, Computer Science; Chapter President of Tau Beta Pi
  • Bar Jurisdictions
    • California, 1997
    • Utah, 1999
    • Colorado (pending)
    • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court
Kory Christensen understands the critical importance of intellectual property in the rapidly evolving industries of software, electronics, and health care. He provides strategic legal guidance to a global client base regarding the creation, maintenance, and enforcement of intellectual property assets, with particular emphasis on patent portfolio development and management. Whether the client is a start-up or a multinational company, Kory can provide a deep knowledge of their business objectives and technologies. He is frequently involved in due diligence activities prior to an investment, and advises venture capital and private equity investors on the value of intellectual property assets. In patent infringement actions, Kory works closely with the trial team in developing winning technical and legal arguments, as well as an overall case strategy designed to minimize costs and maximize return.

Kory serves a diverse group of international companies based in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Panama, United Kingdom, Sweden, Netherlands, and Estonia, which gives him a depth of knowledge on subtle variations between the intellectual property laws of different countries. 

Kory is extremely interested in the public policy implications of intellectual property rights and has co-authored a book published by Thompson Reuters on current efforts to reform the patent system. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences on patent-related issues, including how to create a winning global patent strategy.
Patent Procurement and Portfolio Management
  • Prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications to issuance.
  • Developed strategies for building several portfolios with 100+ U.S. and foreign patents, including a portfolio of over 500 patents and applications for the largest medical device manufacturer in China.
  • Assisted a worldwide leader in digital media in creating a portfolio of 200+ patents that was subsequently sold for over $100,000,000.
Due Diligence and Litigation Counseling
  • Assisted in the due diligence for a major acquisition by a Silicon Valley company involving some key patents in the computer industry.
  • Successfully sent the patent portfolio of a company that was harassing a client into re-examination, which effectively ended the lawsuit against the client.
  • Brought a successful patent infringement suit against one of the world's largest software manufacturers on behalf of a client and negotiated the terms of the settlement agreement.