Mr. Moreno, a Principal of the firm, has over 31 years of experience in the intellectual property field. His time has been devoted largely to the art of patent preparation and prosecution, both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Having represented a wide range of clients from startups, universities and Fortune 500 companies (such as Accenture, AT&T, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia and Toshiba), Chris has prepared over 600 original U.S. patent applications and prosecuted approximately 4-5 times that number of patent applications both domestically and overseas in a broad spectrum of technologies in the mechanical, electrical, software, and business method areas. He also regularly advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property portfolio development and assertions, including the preparation of patent infringement and validity studies. Chris has successfully resolved foreign oppositions and appealed adverse decisions by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (now the Patent Trial and Appeal Board) and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Chris has also assisted in patent litigation.
Throughout his career, Chris has mentored less experienced attorneys and technologists in all phases of patent preparation and prosecution, including in-house seminars for non-attorneys and legal professional presentations. Chris has also published various articles concerning legal developments in the realms of business method and software-based patents.
In his law career, Chris was a partner at a large general practice firm, worked as an associate at a boutique law firm and as in-house counsel for a medical device startup company. Prior to that, Chris worked at Motorola as a patent agent in the Law Department and as an electrical engineer specializing in digital signal processing.
Chris has experience in the following technology areas, to name a few:
Automated medication delivery systems
Computer communication protocols
Document proofing/analysis systems
Implantable medical devices
Internal combustion engine valvetrain systems
Machine learning/natural language document processing
Social media analysis systems
Video/graphic processing and co-processors
Voice recognition systems
Wireless telecommunications, including mobile and infrastructure technologies
Software and business methods
They Know It When They See It: Patentable Subject Matter After Alice, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2015
Introduction to Patent Prosecution, University of Notre Dame, Master of Science in Patent Law program, Guest Lecturer, December 2012 & 2013 (Chicago)
Now What Do I Do? Patenting Software and Business Methods in Light of Recent Federal Circuit Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions, Vedder Price Newsletter, November 2013
When Judges Collide: En Banc CAFC Fails to Clarify Law Regarding Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, Vedder Price Newsletter, May 2013
Patentability of Software-Implemented Inventions: Ineligible Method Claims Can Jeopardize Apparatus Claims As Well, Vedder Price Newsletter, August 2011
Supreme Court's Limited Decision in Bilski Leaves the Door Open for Business Method Patents, Vedder Price Newsletter, June 2010
Business Method Patents: The Bilski Case, Vedder Price Newsletter, November 2008
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