Christine Wilkes Beninati

Christine Wilkes Beninati has been professionally involved in intellectual property law for over two decades.  She has experience in a full range of intellectual property law matters, with a particular emphasis on domestic and international patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio development and management, opinions, client counseling, and litigation assistance including drafting claim charts, claim construction analyses, and Markman Hearings.

Ms. Beninati has significant experience before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (PTAB) including numerous appeals, as well as having helped successfully navigate through a complex series of reexamination proceedings followed by post-grant review (PGR) proceedings at the PTAB with concurrent patent litigation.

 

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Ms. Beninati is also is actively involved in diversity and women’s initiative issues within the legal profession.

Ms. Beninati is well versed in applying her intellectual property law expertise to different technologies as her legal experience spans a wide range of industries including, for example, the metallurgical, chemical, mechanical and computer/electrical arts.  More particularly, this experience includes the intellectual property law support of gas turbine engine technology such as superalloy compositions, thermal barrier coatings, composites, repair processes, airfoil design, single crystal and wing/pylon design; cosmetics such as kits and formulations; research tools; pharmaceutical formulations; thin films; textile products; batteries; food compositions; surface modification technology; automotive components; biodegradable prosthetic devices; power cables; hydrogen storage beds; chemical processes; polycarbonates; expansion joint systems, telecommunications and other electronic devices; and computer systems, among others.

She also has experience in agreement work including settlement, supply and non-disclosure agreements, and conducting due diligence investigations.

Ms. Beninati’s prior legal experience includes positions at Alston & Bird in Charlotte, Kenyon & Kenyon in New York, as well as United Technologies Corporation in Connecticut which enables her to also bring valuable in house legal and business perspective to her practice.

 

EDUCATION

B.Ch.E. Chemical Engineering, Villanova University

J.D. and Master I.P., Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire)

 

ADMITTED

NY, CT, PA, and before the USPTO and CAFC

Not yet admitted in NC

 

MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the NYIPA (New York Intellectual Property Law Association)

Member of FICPI (International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys)

Member of NAWL (National Association of Women Lawyers)

 

EXPERIENCE AND REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Judicial Intern for Judge Gifford S. Cappellini, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

In house Counsel for a major gas turbine engine manufacturer in which practice spanned varied areas of intellectual property law including domestic and international patent prosecution, strategic counseling in line with the business objectives, and antitrust and patent litigation assistance from an in house perspective

While serving as outside counsel in New York, had additional responsibility of serving as sole on-site patent attorney for a major food industry corporate client with responsibility for in house intellectual property matters including domestic and international patent prosecution, agreement drafting/negotiation and advising in house clients from various functional departments within the company

Counsel for major Japanese automotive company in U.S. patent prosecution work

Counsel for major generic pharmaceutical company in Hatch-Waxman related matters including Paragraph IV certifications and opinion work

Counsel for major Saudi chemical company in U.S. patent prosecution work

Counsel for major expansion joint systems company in U.S. patent prosecution work, including reexamination proceedings, as well as post grant review (PGR) proceedings before the PTAB and concurrent patent infringement litigation assistance

Significant experience before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office involving varied technologies and in IP areas including:  drafting provisional patent applications, drafting and prosecuting U.S. patent applications; drafting and prosecuting trademark applications; copyright work, drafting appeal briefs and prosecution thereof; preparing and filing pre-appeal brief requests for review; PGR proceedings; and reexamination and reissue proceedings.