"Chris Hughes is a first-rate patent attorney with a breadth of experience in U.S and international patent law and procedure that makes him a valuable advisor and counselor in our IP litigation matters. He is easy to deal with, always respectful of the client, and delivers high quality legal advice in a timely and concise fashion."
"Chris Hughes is a key member of IBM's extended intellectual property law advisory team, and has been so for over 20 years. In this capacity he handles many IP matters for us, from reexaminations and opinions to patent litigation and appeals. Chris has deep and broad substantive knowledge from patent prosecution to appellate litigation, from copyright to tradesecret. Moreover, Chris is backed by an excellent team that is easy to work with, extremely responsive, and uniformly knowledgeable across the intellectual property area.
Chris gives legal advice to IBM that is highly sensitive to our culture and standards of integrity, respect, accuracy, and service to our customers and the communities in which we do business. This basic set of shared values enables Chris to work very effectively on behalf of IBM, and gives us inherent confidence that he "gets" our requirements and objectives at all levels.
Beyond legal advising, Chris has collaborated with IBM for many years in creating, refining, and managing our industry-leading "virtual law firm". This innovative concept for obtaining patent-related legal work on an outsourced basis with tremendous client knowledge and extremely attractive rates comprises a group now numbering greater than 50 lawyers and support personnel (mostly IBM retirees and other former IBM employees who work directly with our many IP law locations on a wide range of IP issues). Chris has been key to the success of IBM's virtual law firm, a testament to his willingness to work with IBM in a relationship that transcends legal advising and makes Chris one of the true corporate partner-innovators of the IP law profession.