Chris Holly


I love practicing at the intersection of science and the law. It's where I am with my clients on a daily basis. Helping clients create value and secure innovations is central to my work.

+1 202 728 7074

Dr. Chris Holly is a patent lawyer with experience in IP portfolio creation and counseling; early-, mid-, and late-stage fundraising diligence; targeted acquisitions; and post-grant adversarial proceedings at the USPTO. Chris counsels clients across the market spectrum, from small startup companies to billion-dollar private and publicly traded corporations.

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  • University of Mississippi School of Law
    JD, magna cum laude , 2011

  • Mississippi State University
    PhD, Biological Sciences

  • Millsaps College
    BS, Biology

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia


Registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)



  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

  • American Seed Trade Association

  • Patent & Trademark Office Society

  • Weed Science Society of America

  • Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance


+1 202 728 7074 office

1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004-2400