Christa Sanford is the firmwide Deputy Chair of the IP Department. She partners with her clients on intellectual property matters and serves as a trusted IP counselor. Ms. Sanford provides guidance on patent procurement, patent portfolio development, patent litigation, and patent licensing, particularly involving telecommunications, blockchain, electronics, artificial intelligence, semiconductors, software, personal mobility, and other cutting-edge technologies. Ms. Sanford has assisted companies in developing and managing their patent portfolios and generating revenue from their intellectual property assets through licensing campaigns. While leading licensing efforts for companies, she continues to provide counsel and advice on patent procurement and litigation exposure.
Actively involved within Baker Botts, Ms. Sanford serves on the Diversity Committee, the Technology Sector Committee, the Patent Practice Committee, and the Technology Editorial Committee.
In addition to her involvement within Baker Botts, Ms. Sanford serves in the community on the Emerging Leader Board for Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law and on the Boards of the Dallas Children's Theater and First Baptist Academy and is an active member of the Junior League of Dallas. Within the Junior League of Dallas, Ms. Sanford has previously served as New Member Chair, the 2013-2014 Membership Vice President, and as the 2016-2017 Development Vice President. She has also counseled pro bono clients on trademark registration, copyright registration, and copyright infringement matters. Ms. Sanford is an adjunct professor at SMU's Dedman School of Law, where she teaches patent licensing and enforcement, in addition to patent prosecution courses.