Christopher J. Palermo

Mr. Palermo concentrates his practice on patent, trademark, licensing and technology development matters.  He is a Silicon Valley native and has worked in the IP field since 1988, primarily advising companies in the fields of networking, telecommunications, object-oriented software, and the World Wide Web.  Sub-specialties include medical devices, speech recognition, voicemail, e-commerce, cryptography, and digital imaging.

The clients that Mr. Palermo works with range from start-ups to domestic and international public companies. His recent experience includes: preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of e-mail spam and threat prevention, network management, routing protocols, cryptography, voice-over-IP, program execution monitoring and debugging, e-supply chain management, back-office merchant services and other aspects of e-commerce; managing the prosecution of over 700 applications for a Fortune 500 networking company; negotiating inbound and outbound software license agreements, Web data supply and marketing agreements, and strategic software development agreements; filing a portfolio of patent applications covering an innovative Intranet Web application access system; handling trademark disputes before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; obtaining patents covering a 3D graphics and animation development system; enforcing trademark rights against infringing domain names; filing patents covering a plain-language domain name resolution system; and managing a large patent portfolio in the field of speech recognition. In the medical device area, he has handled patent, licensing, and trade secret theft issues relating to laparoscopic pre-peritoneal balloon distention devices, trocars, and balloon angioplasty catheters.

In technology licensing Mr. Palermo has negotiated or advised on agreements adverse to Microsoft Corp., Eli Lilly & Co., The Lemelson Educational & Medical Foundation, EDS, Sprint, the National Security Agency, Adobe Systems, and various e-commerce companies.

In 1995-97 Mr. Palermo worked as Associate General Counsel of NeXT Software, Inc. of Redwood City, until its acquisition by Apple Computer, Inc.

Mr. Palermo has an active international practice focused on Europe, Japan, and China.  He is a Foreign Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys of the UK and a frequent contributor to the CIPA Bulletin.

Mr. Palermo is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to practice in California, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit, and the California District Courts. Mr. Palermo has given several presentations on IP law subjects and published numerous articles in the legal and commercial press in the U.S. and Japan. He is active in the Intellectual Property Owners trade association.

Mr. Palermo was peer nominated and named a Super-Lawyer in Intellectual Property in Northern California Super Lawyers 2007, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc.

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