Christopher Daley-Watson has over two decades of patent procurement and analysis experience focusing particularly on telecommunications, data management, and software. He counsels clients on intellectual property law and related litigation, with a focus on patent and design protection for business methods and various technologies including wireless communications, computer architecture, data management, security/encryption, user interface (both software and hardware), machine vision, automated data collection, and computer input/output devices, to name a few.
In addition to procuring patents in these fields, Christopher has represented numerous technology companies with patent due diligence, third party patent analysis, and preparation of S-1, merger and licensing documents, all related to corporate finance and M&A transactions.
Christopher also advises clients on establishing internal patent procurement programs, innovation audits, competitive analysis, and international patent prosecution strategies. He has assisted clients in internal audits and counseling regarding standards-based inventions, including internal procedures to establish processes to ensure inventions are reviewed for possible submission to standards bodies. Additionally, he assists clients in patent portfolio management and patent monetization strategies.
Christopher has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.
- Patent Acquisition by Intel, Corp. — Represented Intel, Corp., in its $375 million acquisition of over 1,700 patent assets from InterDigital, Inc., where most patent assets were declared essential to wireless standards setting organizations.
- IP Diligence in Acquisition by Itron, Inc. — Represented Itron, Inc., a utility-meter company, in its $255 million acquisition of Schlumberger Electricity, Inc.
- IP Diligence in Acquisition by WhitePages — Represented WhitePages, Inc. in its acquisition of Snapvine, Inc., a mobile voice solution for social networking sites.
- aQuantive, Inc. IPO — Represented aQuantive, Inc. (fka Avenue A, Inc.) in IP matters during its $126 million initial public offering.
- Sale of SNAPin Software — Represented SNAPin Software, a self-service software developer for mobile devices, in IP matters related to its sale to Nuance Communications for $180 million in stock
- Listed as a top lawyer in Communications/Media by Washington CEO/Avvo
- Listed in Seattle Business Monthly' as one of "Puget Sound's Top Business Lawyers," 2011
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law, 2010 - Present
- Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington’s Super Lawyers,” 2000 - 2012
- Recognized by Washington Law & Politics as one of "Washington's Top 40 Intellectual Property Lawyers"
"Christopher gives the best customer service of all of my outside counsel."
"Christopher is a rare lawyer who combines absolute subject matter expertise with creativity, empathy, and a willingness to think outside the box for his clients. He is a pleasure to work with, and I would recommend him without reservation."
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