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  • J.D., Washington University School of Law, 2009
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Physiological Science, 2001
  • M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Physiological Science, 1997
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, Biology, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California

Memberships & Affiliations

American Intellectual Property Association
American Bar Association
Americans for Safe Access

Christopher J. Nichols, Ph.D.

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Special Counsel
  • T: 202.753.3450
    F: 202.354.4864

Dr. Christopher Nichols is a patent attorney representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food-processing, chemical, and agricultural companies of all sizes. His work includes the preparation and prosecution of US and foreign patent applications as well as patentability, infringement, validity, due diligence analyses, and opinions. Christopher performs portfolio analyses for investment purposes, including representing investors and target companies. He also assists innovators and emerging companies with strategic intellectual property development and licensing, including spin-offs from universities.

Previously, Christopher was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow, served as a biotechnology patent examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has 14 years’ experience at a large general IP firm.

Fields of Experience

Neuroscience: neurological disorders, including Huntington’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease; brain tumors, and neurological disorders

Therapeutics: antibodies, gene therapy, botulinum toxin, cancer therapeutics, small molecules, vaccines, anti-sense RNA, iRNA technology, stem cells, including pluripotent and multipotent cells

Diagnostics: bioinformatics, arrays, genomics, imaging technology, immunoassays

Molecular Biology: novel proteins, recombinant nucleic acids, vectors, cell models, transgenic animals

Food Processing: food chemistry, food processing and cooking equipment, byproduct reclamation

Agriculture: plant breeding, plant genetics, pesticides, including biological and chemical agents, soil amendments

Nutraceuticals: probiotics, microbial formation methods and equipment, nutritional supplements

Pulp and Paper: paper processing, superabsorbent polymers

Green Technology: biomass processing, waste reclamation, clean energy production

Representative Matters

Successfully defended EP Patent in Opposition, preserving claims as granted


How are Diagnostic Methods Handled by the USPTO? (Part I & Part 2)
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal
Novartis and Gilead Eviscerate Patent Term Adjustment
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal
Hsp70 Dynamics in Vivo: Effect of Heat Shock and Protein Aggregation
Journal of Cell Science
Two Invariant Tryptophans on the α1 Subunit Define Domains Necessary for GABA Receptor Assembly
Journal of Biological Chemistry