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Christine Dupriest


Womble Bond Dickinson

Christine Dupriest is a partner with Womble Bond Dickinson. Christy uses innovative problem solving to defend and protect her clients’ investments in technology against intellectual property holders who stand between them and their enforcement actions. She combines a deep understanding of her clients’ businesses with creative legal insight and a commitment to fighting tenaciously for her clients’ business and courtroom interests. Christy provides cost-effective representation to clients at all stages of litigation, from claim evaluation through discovery, trial, post-trial briefing, and appeals.

Christy focuses her practice on patent infringement, trademark, and trade secret litigation. Her work includes managing the day-to-day case operations and supervising the associates of a national IP litigation team. As part of these efforts, Christy has litigated in United States federal district courts across the country, as well as the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). She also represents clients who have been targeted by non-practicing entities (NPEs).

Her clients include companies in a wide range of technology areas, such as oil and gas well drilling and recovery, computer networks, carpet tufting machines, furniture, clothing and footwear, flooring products, roofing shingles, personal hygiene products, animal hygiene products, building components, digital cameras, voice recognition software, medial devices and packaging products.

Recent Articles by Christine Dupriest

Build a Consumer Base with Innovation; Protect Sales with Design Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued its one millionth design patent on September 26, 2023. U.S. Patent No. D1,000,000 claims the ornamental design for a dispensing comb. This milestone comes during a particularly prolific period for design patents. In 2022 alone, the USPTO received more than 50,000 design patent applications. The Office has seen a 20% growth in design patent applications over the last five years. It is not hard to understand why inventors are seeking design patent protection at previously unseen levels. In an age of complicated technologies, design patents can protect marketable appearances of products in the same manner generally as trademarks identify source. Understanding design patent benefits underlying the recent growth in application numbers is a good lesson for businesses seeking to distinguish a brand—but keep an eye out for further developments and be prepared to adjust business and IP strategies.