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Christopher J. Kelly

Christopher J. Kelly

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Christopher J. Kelly’s antitrust litigation practice focuses on the application of antitrust law to the acquisition and use of intellectual property rights. He counsels and represents clients regarding antitrust implications of patent pools, licensing, standard-setting and patent infringement litigation and settlement. Chris co-authored the Supreme Court briefs that led to an important antitrust victory for intellectual property owners, one of a number of accomplishments that have led The Best Lawyers in America to honor him as San Jose 2019 Lawyer of the Year for antitrust law, and Benchmark Litigation to name him a Benchmark California Star for 2019. He also advises and represents insurers in connection with mergers and acquisitions and provider-related litigation. His M&A work also involves helping major corporations plan integration for pending mergers without creating unnecessary antitrust risk.

Prior to entering private practice, Chris served in several significant positions over 16 years at the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. From 1996 until 2001, he was the Division’s Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property, advising Justice Department officials on a range of legal and policy issues such as patent pools, infringement settlements, the future of the Internet Domain Name System, and database protection.  He also was Special Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, and following law school served a judicial clerkship with Judge John A. Terry of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  Chris practiced at another national law firm before joining Mayer Brown in 2003. He is currently a regular contributor to Antitrust Quarterly. He is a conversational speaker of German and Italian.

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