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Christopher L. Bernard

Charlotte Patent Attorney Christopher L. Bernard

Christopher L. Bernard

Managing Partner

Christopher L. Bernard

Mr. Bernard has been practicing law for more than 20 years in various fields, including intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition), business law, complex litigation, and appellate work.

Mr. Bernard focuses his practice on emerging electrical, software, and mechanical technologies and represents a number of Fortune 500 companies, venture-funded start-ups, educational institutions, and entrepreneurial individuals in a variety of fields, including industrial manufacturing, aviation, aerospace and defense electronics, automotive and autonomous technology, power systems, nuclear, computer and data networking, optics and optical networking, wireless and Ethernet technology, data and network security, semiconductors, nanotechnology, precision metrology, high performance materials, medical and surgical devices and implants, advanced medical imaging, electronic medical records, bioinformatics, software and mobile applications, financial services, data analytics, construction, and consumer products.


  • B.S.E. Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
  • J.D., Northwestern University
  • M.S. Aeronautical Management Technology, Arizona State University
  • Admitted: NC, MI and before the USPTO

Professional Pursuits

Mr. Bernard is an Ombudsman in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) group of the Department of Defense (DoD), assisting active and non-active service members settle training and employment-related disputes with their employers, as well as helping employers draft their military leave policies. He is also actively involved in the thoroughbred horse racing industry and various equine ownership and charitable associations.

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