Chris W. Higgins
Chris W. Higgins is an experienced corporate executive and IP attorney now available as an inventor-for-hire and/or validity expert, specializing in patent harvesting, invention disclosure drafting and patent application draft review/claim oversight to get the most out of your inventors and your patent counsel. He specializes in drawing out patentable subject matter from eager or recalcitrant inventors, pushing outside patent counsel to timely, quality drafts and brings his diverse technical and patent experience to claim strategy for capturing the broadest and most valuable aspects of your inventions. With over a decade of professional experience as an Internet patent attorney and IP executive, Chris's early legal background was a mix of IP transactions and litigation. Most recently he was head of Yahoo!'s global patent department, overseeing staff and budget in over twenty countries.
Chris has legal experience working with patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, M&A transactions, technical and patent due diligence. He regularly advises clients in the development and management of strategic initiatives for optimizing intellectual asset protection and exploitation. Technologically, he has extensive experience with online advertising including commercial search, contextual and display advertising, algorithmic search, online communications, media manipulation and portal services technologies. Chris regularly leads teams of inventors through rapid one- and two-day IP harvesting sessions in collaboration with patent drafting counsel to produce high quality, highly-targeted patent disclosures that are then managed over a tight three month process to produce the best possible patent applications for protecting valuable intellectual assets.
Chris's technical experience and quick cognitive skills contribute to his practice by providing him the ability to work well with everyone from inventor engineers and programmers to in-house product or corporate managers, while his experience in government and education make him an effective counselor for management and collaborative consulting entities all along the patent development, prosecution and enforcement pipeline. Chris's experience running several companies' patenting efforts, including negotiating and overseeing large global portfolios of patents and prosecuting attorneys and firms, including Yahoo!'s, means he knows what makes a quality patent application. Chris demands the highest and best work-product from patent counsel, helping in each stage of the way to bridge the gap from inspiration, to perspiration to valuable intellectual asset ready for licensing or enforcement.
University of Washington, J.D., 1997-Winner-Moot Court
Florida State University, M.S., summa cum laude, 1991
Florida State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1990- Phi Beta Kappa