Christopher J. Palermo has more than 30 years of experience advising clients on patent risk analysis, patent drafting and portfolio development, patent negotiation with the USPTO and worldwide, expert opinions and testimony, trademark clearance and negotiation, international trademark disputes and domain name arbitrations, licensing, privacy, and technology development agreements. Mr. Palermo has experience covering technologies related to artificial intelligence and machine learning, e-procurement, security, distributed computer systems, networking, robotics, telecommunications, object-oriented software, and internet applications. Examples of specific patent drafting areas include card payment protocols, smart agriculture, neural machine translation, grammatical error correction, e-mail security, recommendation systems, speech recognition, cryptography techniques, and digital imaging. He has extensive experience drafting claims in software cases to reduce subject matter eligibility rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101, and in negotiating resolution with examiners. He closely tracks developments in the European Patent Office with a focus on multilateral success in patent matters.
He has served as a testifying witness on patent non-infringement and invalidity matters for Fortune 1000 companies and has an active opinion, FTO and expert practice. He manages several large international trademark portfolios, including initiating and defending oppositions and other contested matters.
Mr. Palermo started his career as a patent litigator and served two years at NeXT Software, Inc. as the associate general counsel with responsibility for IP management.
He is a member of the Programming Subcommittee, Law Firm Committee, of the International Trademark Association. He serves as pro bono Associate General Counsel for IP matters to National Model Railroad Association, Inc.