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Chris Gallagher

is President of IP and a perennial selection to The Best Lawyers in America. Having spent years as one of the most influential and highly regarded advocates in the New Hampshire Legislature and state administrative agencies, Chris is now focused primarily on federal policies in Washington, DC. Chris has been involved in nearly every substantial New Hampshire economic regulatory initiative over the last 25 years. He has served as general counsel for the New Hampshire Bankers Association and has represented New Hampshire utilities, hospitals, insurers, aggregate manufacturers and numerous other entities. This experience provides him with a uniquely respected voice on Capitol Hill, enabling him to communicate effectively with members whose federal decision-making must reflect and respect the complexities of their home-state constituents.

A frequent speaker and commentator in local and national media on policy issues, regarding financial services, privacy, business and government, Chris has testified on financial services issues before U.S. House and Senate Committees and has been a panelist in Capitol Hill briefings on intellectual property issues. He can be reached at [email protected]

Recent Articles by Chris Gallagher

Confused and frustrated, patent policy experts bemoan America’s absurd compulsory licensing patent system

The experts in attendance reminded us of the insanity of the compulsory licensing system that now pervades the U.S. patent marketplace, which when explained in terms of real estate is obviously absurd. A man came home from work one day to find a strange family living in his dining room. He wanted to have them evicted but was told he would have to spend five years and millions of dollars proving in court that he owned the room where the invaders had pitched their tent. A judge finally found that indeed he owned his dining room. But instead of ordering the family’s eviction she ordered the invaders to pay rent to the homeowner in an amount hypothetically determined by calculating what he and the squatters would have agreed to before his unwelcome visitors moved-in.

Patent troll narrative returns to Capitol Hill as relentless push for patent reform continues

The beauty of the patent troll narrative was it took little time to absorb and instantly painted a pejorative picture in the minds-eye of the listener. It became easy to repeat. Its bumper-sticker simplicity lead to widespread usage, which ultimately (and quickly) became accepted as fact without much, if any, critical thought. Most important, the strategy by-passed the arcane complexity of its convoluted subject matter by shifting the burden of Congressional persuasion to its victimized and under-resourced opponents… Expect big tech and its leftist bed-fellows to exert more effort to “de-propertize” patents on Capitol Hill and in the courts… Expect proponents of reform to mischaracterize patent reform as a step towards tort-reform, which is nearly comical given that the tortfeasor in the equation is the party that is trampling on the property rights of patent holders through infringement, which is many times purposeful and willful.