Chris Leah focuses his practice on patent litigation matters in U.S. district courts and the International Trade Commission, as well as post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has represented clients across a variety of technologies, including medical devices, textile products, swimming pool equipment and maintenance, semiconductors, and consumer goods. Chris is also a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
While attending law school, Chris worked with the firm as a summer associate in 2018 and 2019 on its patent litigation and patent prosecution teams. Chris served as a student attorney in the Entrepreneurship and Non-Profit Legal Clinic at the University of Alabama School of Law where he provided pro bono, transactional legal services to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, inventors, start-ups and entrepreneurs, social enterprises, and community development organizations.
While attending the University of Alabama, Chris was a research assistant for Dr. Paul Allison in the Advanced Composite Materials Laboratory where he prepared literary reviews and journal articles for specific materials and tests and performed high-rate, quasi-static, and nano-indention tests of materials.
Represented adidas AG, adidas North America, Inc., adidas America, Inc., and adidas International Trading AG in patent infringement and importation investigation at ITC brought by Nike, Inc., related to the design and manufacture of shoe uppers for knitted footwear, with related action in Oregon federal court. One of the largest patent cases in the footwear industry, the case involved nine U.S. patents from multiple distinct families of patents, each covering a different subject matter. After completing both fact and expert discovery, the case was settled on confidential terms shortly before the evidentiary hearing at the ITC. In re Certain Knitted Footwear, U.S. ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1289; Nike, Inc. v. adidas AG et al., No. 3:21-cv-01780 (D. Or.)
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University of Alabama School of Law J.D. (2020) Judge Eris F. Paul Full-Tuition Academic Scholarship, CALI Award
University of Alabama B.S. (2017) Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2017)
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