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Christian Mammen


Womble Bond Dickinson

Dr. Christian E. Mammen is a partner with Womble Bond Dickinson. He leads the firm’s US IP Litigation practice and is managing partner of its San Francisco office. Chris maintains an active litigation practice, which includes representation of companies in artificial-intelligence-related IP disputes. He also speaks and writes frequently on AI and IP related issues.  Chris has held academic positions at the University of Oxford Faculty of Law, the University of California  Hastings, Berkeley Law School, and Stanford Law School. His chapter, “AI as Inventor,” is included in the Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, published this month by Cambridge University Press.

Recent Articles by Christian Mammen

Justice Gorsuch Champions Patent Rights in Recent Dissent

In an energetic dissent in Thryv, Inc. v. Click-to-Call Tech., LP, 590 U.S. __ (Apr. 20, 2020), U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch provides a compelling defense of patent rights, and he champions a patent owner’s ability to obtain judicial review of certain threshold administrative decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). But while Justice Gorsuch’s insightful analysis is receiving accolades from many in the patent community, it failed to garner any support among his Supreme Court colleagues, save for one, Justice Sotomayor.

Inequitable Conduct Ruling Gives Pleading Rules Real Teeth

Dr. Chris Mammen On August 4, 2009, the Federal Circuit decided Exergen Corp. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., et al., Case Nos. 2006-1491, 2007-1180 (Fed. Cir. 2009). In a post to this blog several months ago, I argued that Congress, the Supreme Court or the Federal Circuit should reform the doctrine of inequitable conduct this year, to rein in the resurgent…