Christopher Hutter


Leveraging my engineering background, I help technology companies across all stages of operation acquire patents and provide counsel on patent matters that are fundamental to their business.

Christopher Hutter's practice focuses on intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on patent counseling, procurement and licensing and litigation. His electrical practice focuses on a large number of technological fields including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, fintech, wireless communications, fiber optic communications, lasers, semiconductor devices, computer software and the Internet. His mechanical practice focuses on a wide variety of consumer products and medical devices. He is the former co-chair of Cooley's patent counseling and prosecution practice group.

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  • Blockdaemon Acquires Sepior 

  • Cybersecurity Startup Snyk Acquires Cloud Security and Compliance Company Fugue 

  • SPAC BowX Agrees to $9 Billion Merger With WeWork 

  • Vivid Cortex Sells to SolarWinds  

  • Manage the entire patent portfolio for littleBits, a hot tech startup 

Companies seek his wise counsel in situations where crown-jewel assets need reinforced protection. Hutter is a great match for the many startups he represents, because he cares as deeply about their technology and business as they do. He is one of those rare technical patent law experts who can build a rapport with the C-suite. – IAM Patent 1000

  • Georgetown University Law Center
    JD, cum laude; Law Fellow for Legal Research and Writing Program, 1996

  • St. John's College
    MA, Liberal Arts

  • Johns Hopkins University
    MS, Electrical Engineering

  • University of Maryland, College Park
    BS, Electrical Engineering

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia


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



  • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc.

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers: Leading Patent Lawyer

    Fellows of the American Bar Foundation: Elected Member

    IAM Patent 1000: Leading Patent Lawyer

    Legal 500: Top Patent Prosecution Lawyer

    Managing Intellectual Property: IP Star

    Who’s Who Legal: Top Patent Lawyer