Christopher has been with the VA Technology Transfer Program for more than ten years. During his time at the VA, he has negotiated numerous technology and research-related agreements with private sector companies, universities and other public and private entities and directs the prosecution of patent portfolios arising from the efforts of VA inventors. He significantly contributed to re-drafting current VA regulations and policies involving intellectual property created by VA employees and was responsible for initiating efforts to re-negotiate VA -university agreements governing the management of jointly owned intellectual property. He currently counsels biomedical researchers at the VA’s eight research centers in the Northeast with respect to the creation and protection of intellectual property. Christopher also manages relations with the many university technology transfer programs in the Northeast with whom the VA shares research employees and inventions.
Christopher is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, is a registered patent attorney and former USPTO patent examiner. Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Christopher practiced as a patent agent and attorney in the biotech sector primarily working with small and start-up companies. Before entering law school, he worked as a bench scientist for a number of years in industry and academic settings.