Overview

Christine’s primary practice is intellectual property, focusing on trademark prosecution and portfolio management and the many other aspects of intellectual property that impact a business. She also has significant involvement and experience in intellectual property litigation. Not only does she work with clients to develop and manage their intellectual property portfolios, ushering a client’s brand through the clearance and registration process, she also assists clients in protecting and enforcing their patent and trademark rights prior to litigation and, when necessary, in district court or in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She also has significant involvement in advising on advertising and labelling, product liability matters, commercial disputes, and discrimination and personal injury actions.

In all of these areas, if a dispute arises, Christine knows the value of resolving matters swiftly and favorably. From enforcing a client’s trademark to negotiating co-existence agreements, she knows that sensitivity to the client’s goals and protection of its brand and reputation are absolutely essential when pursuing or resolving disputes.

Christine pays close attention to interpersonal dynamics when working with clients and strives to understand all aspects of their business. This helps her advise and guide clients through the development, management, and enforcement of their intellectual property portfolios, as well as usher a case, the client, or witnesses and employees through the discovery process, or the preparation for arbitration or mediation, with minimal disruption of their business operations.

  • Experience

    Trademark Prosecution

    • Representation of clients from brand clearance, through the application process and responding to trademark office actions through registration.
    • Management of numerous trademark portfolios covering the U.S. as well as numerous foreign jurisdictions and across a variety of industries.

    Litigation

    • Successfully represented Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC in obtaining a rare preliminary injunction in federal district court. The injunction barred our client’s competitor from launching a generic version of its patented formulation of levothyroxine, an injectable thyroid hormone. The District Court for the District of New Jersey granted the injunction on the basis that our client was likely to win its patent lawsuit against its competitor.
    • Assisted the New York Intellectual Property Law Association as Amicus Curiae on a brief related to USPTO v. Booking.com B.V. (Feb. 19, 2020).
    • Secured summary judgment in premises liability dispute and successfully defended subsequent appeal by co-defendant, arguing before the First Department Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, and achieving a final dismissal for our client.

    Mediation/Arbitration

    • Favorably resolved multiple disputes over domain names involving trademarks under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)
    • Assisted in the successful arbitration of a contract dispute, securing an award, confirming the award in state court, and enforcing the judgment against a reluctant defendant.
    • Ushered contract dispute through pre-litigation negotiations, and ultimately mediation, to a favorable resolution for the client, avoiding expensive litigation in an unfavorable jurisdiction. 
  • Credentials

    Education

    • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2011, magna cum laude,
      Fordham Law Review, Member
    • New York University, M.A., Russian and Slavic Studies, 2002
    • University of California - Santa Cruz, B.A., Literature and History, 2000

    Bar Admissions

    • New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

        Professional Memberships

        • New York Intellectual Property Law Association (Trademark and Copyright Committees 2021)
      • Insights

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        News Release

        Schiff Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 51 attorneys have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2022.

        News Release

        Schiff Counsels Altaris on its $1.55B Acquisition of Padagis

        Schiff advised Altaris Capital Partners, LLC on its acquisition of Padagis LLC, formerly the generic prescription pharmaceuticals business of Perrigo Company plc, for $1.55 billion.

        News Release

        Schiff Advises Altaris on its Agreement to Acquire $1.55 Billion Perrigo’s Prescription Pharmaceuticals Business

        Schiff Hardin LLP represented Altaris Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment firm focused on the healthcare industry, in its agreement to acquire Perrigo Company plc’s prescription pharmaceuticals business (Rx) for $1.55 billion.

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        Best Lawyers Recognizes 59 Schiff Attorneys, Six “Lawyers of the Year,” and 21 Ones to Watch

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 59 attorneys have been listed in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with six attorneys also being named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice and location.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Advises Altaris in Acquisition of 3M’s Drug Delivery Business

        Schiff Hardin LLP represented Altaris Capital Partners LLC, a private investment firm focused on the healthcare industry, in its $650 million acquisition of substantially all of Kindeva Drug Delivery from 3M Company.

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        Nathan Honored as Nomi Champion for Legal Contributions to Prevent Human Trafficking

        Partner Harold Nathan was recognized as a Nomi Network Champion for his work supporting Nomi’s programs to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking in Cambodia and India.

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        Pharma team scores rare preliminary injunction

        Schiff Hardin’s pharma and life sciences patent litigation team, lead by partner Imron T. Aly, recently secured a preliminary injunction in federal court.

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        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Advancement of Women in the Law,” (panelist) Fordham University School of Law, New York, N.Y. (Mar. 28, 2019)
      • Awards & Honors

        • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers (2021-2022)