Christopher P. Moreno

​Of Counsel

Office: +1 (703) 995-9887



J.D., The John Marshall Law School

M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering


Illinois State Bar

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Chris Moreno has almost 30 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 Motorola, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Toshiba, Nokia and AT&T), Chris has prepared over 500 original U.S. patent applications and prosecuted approximately 3-4 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 concerning steganographic techniques and sunglasses.

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 general practice firm Vedder Price, worked as an associate at boutique law firm Banner & Witcoff 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.

Practice Areas

Patent Office Practice

  • Patent Drafting

  • Patent Prosecution

  • Appeals to the PTAB


Patent Litigation

  • District Court Litigation

  • Pre-litigation Diligence

Other Practices

  • Due Diligence

  • Legal Opinions and Counseling

  • Global Portfolio Planning and Management

Industrial Focuses

Chris has experience in the following technology areas, among others:


  • Automated medication delivery systems

  • Biometric security

  • Computer communication protocols

  • Database anonymization

  • Diesel engine braking systems

  • Document proofing/analysis systems

  • Fluorescent microscopy

  • Hydraulic turbine systems

  • Implantable medical devices

  • Linear actuators

  • Medical equipment

  • Natural language document processing

  • Rotational sensors

  • Social media analysis systems

  • Video/graphic processing and co-processors

  • Voice recognition systems

  • Wireless telecommunications, including mobile and infrastructure technologies

  • Software and business methods

Presentations and Publications

Professional Recognition

Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing

Practicing Law Institute, 2012 – present


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

Named one of the “2010 Top 100 Influentials” by HispanicBusiness magazine and was also selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Rising Stars 2008 and 2009 editions.