Christopher H. Blaszkowski Shareholder | Philadelphia, PA
Chris Blaszkowski is unapologetically curious. He is never satisfied with low hanging answers—but he doesn’t dismiss them either. Continually assessing and reassessing how to best meet his clients’ business objectives and/or defeat enforcement actions by competitors, Chris looks at technical legal problems from multiple angles. Chris’ curiousity helps him quickly understand his client’s technological focus and business needs, and his extensive intellectual property experience allow him to translate this information into an effective legal strategy—be it through litigation or otherwise. Chris is also a born advocate, though his advocacy extends beyond the intellectual property matters he litigates in federal court and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He argues passionately on behalf of his clients, which range from Fortune companies to children within the foster care system.
If your story begins with an inventive concept, then the issuance of a patent—while important—is just the first chapter. Chris’ focus on patent prosecution and litigation gives him a holistic, cradle-to-grave perspective regarding IP strategy, enabling him to effectively partner with his clients to avoid pitfalls, resolve disputes, and craft creative solutions.
Whether his clients are facing a patent troll or a competitor, Chris draws on his combination of practice areas to provide superior representation and offer realistic, business-oriented advice.
Chris has extensive experience in patent litigation and federal litigation practice. He serves as local and lead counsel, participating in all aspects of district court litigation, including drafting and responding to discovery requests, taking and defending depositions for both fact and expert witnesses, briefing claim construction, summary judgment, and in limine motions, as well as arguing these motions to the court. Through this hands-on experience, Chris has become adept at formulating litigation and pre-litigation strategies and executing day-to-day litigation case management.
As a Delaware attorney and as a former District Court judicial clerk, Chris appreciates the sophistication and expertise of the Delaware District Court in resolving intellectual property issues. Chris stays on top of the changing case law and procedural rules in RatnerPrestia’s Delaware IP Litigation Blog, to which he contributes on a regular basis.
Chris leverages this litigation experience in his post-grant proceedings practice. He routinely represents and advises clients in post-grant proceedings such as inter partes reviews (IPRs) before the PTAB. He has successfully represented patent owners and petitioners alike. From petition drafting through final written decision and appeal, Chris understands the strict procedures governing AIA trials and uses his extensive knowledge for his clients’ benefit—invalidating the patent claims of a competitor or guiding his clients’ valuable patent claims to safety.
Chris regularly publishes and speaks on patent issues, post grant proceedings, and a variety of other topics. He also manages the firm’s column in the Legal Intelligencer.
On a pro bono basis, Chris represents dependent, neglected, and abused children as a guardian ad litem.