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Christopher Daley-Watson Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, 5G Technology Industry Group

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.3599

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    Seattle

    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099

    +1.206.359.3599

    CDaleyWatson@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

Named Seattle "Patent Law Lawyer of the Year” 2018 by Best Lawyers, Christopher Daley-Watson is known for advising companies on patent protection and patent enforcement strategies as well as for transactional counsel during high tech companies’ corporate financings and M&A transactions. His deal counsel includes patent valuation, due diligence, third-party patent analysis and preparation of S-1, merger and patent sale and licensing documents. Christopher has particular practice depth in managing wireless-related patents and patent applications, and he has represented global market leaders on significant acquisitions to preserve market competitiveness. 

Christopher is the founder and co-chair of the firm’s 5G Technology group, a legal leader at the forefront of the 5G evolution. He regularly advises companies on patent procurement and other IP issues related to 5G and other cutting-edge wireless technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT). A thought leader in this space, Christopher understands the specifics of 5G technology as well as the implications of this new wireless frontier. He was recently honored to be a keynote speaker at the 2018 IEEE 5G World Forum.

Christopher also counsels clients on intellectual property law and related litigation, with a focus on patent and design protection for business methods and various technologies, which include telecommunications, computer architecture and networks, software, electronics and the internet.

In addition to procuring patents in these fields, Christopher analyzes third-party patents for validity or infringement concerns as well as readily identifies the valuable patents that drive patent-related transactions. He also guides clients in establishing internal patent procurement programs and innovation audits. Christopher manages clients’ patent portfolios and develops patent monetization roadmaps, which often include sophisticated competitive analysis and international patent prosecution strategies.

Recommended by Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000 for both transactional and patent counsel, Christopher has a technical background that includes an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering as well as studies in environmental quality and economic forecasting at the Colorado School of Mines while he earned his J.D. from University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Professional Recognition

  • Named IAM Global Leader, 2020 - 2021
  • Named Best Lawyers’ Seattle "Patent Law Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • Recommended in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, 2014 - 2016, 2019 - 2021
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, “Washington’s Super Lawyers,” 2001 - 2021
  • Listed as a top lawyer in Communications/Media by Washington CEO/Avvo
  • Recognized by Washington Law & Politics as one of "Washington's Top 40 Intellectual Property Lawyers"
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2010 - 2022: Patent Law
  • Listed in Seattle Business Monthly' as one of "Puget Sound's Top Business Lawyers," 2011

Community Involvement

  • Cascade Bicycle Club, Director/Board of Directors

Related Employment

  • Seed and Berry LLP, Seattle, WA, Associate and Partner, 1993 - 1999
  • Dorsey & Whitney, Washington, D.C., Associate, 1992 - 1993
  • Banner & Witcoff, Washington, D.C., Associate, 1990 - 1992

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1989, Staff Editor, Denver Journal of International Law & Policy
  • Colorado School of Mines, Economic Forecasting; Environmental Quality, 1989, coursework completed concurrently with law school
  • University of Rochester, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1986