Charles T. Collins-Chase

Charles T. Collins-Chase IP Lawyer Finnegan Washington DC
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Professional Biography

Charles Collins-Chase focuses on district court patent litigation and appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he served as a clerk. He uses his chemical engineering background to help clients protect innovations in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, energy and renewables, and chemical products. He has assisted numerous clients in Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigation.

Charles has handled district court litigations at every stage, from pre-litigation through discovery, dispositive motions, and trial. He particularly enjoys writing briefs and motions.

Charles has extensive experience at the Federal Circuit, where he has argued cases and assisted clients in over two dozen appeals from district courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He has particular experience in appeals involving patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. He represented the petitioners in Bilski v. Kappos before the U.S. Supreme Court and filed a Federal Circuit amicus brief on behalf of Genetic Alliance in the Myriad Genetics case.

Charles has broad expertise in clean energy and renewable technologies. He has handled litigation, appeals, and due diligence matters involving technologies ranging from renewable diesel fuel and biofuels to pollution control systems and biobased polymers.

Before law school, Charles completed an M.Phil. in engineering for sustainable development at the University of Cambridge, where he researched the feasibility of community-scale biodiesel production using a novel reactor system. His undergraduate thesis research involved synthesizing and characterizing thermosetting polymers made from soybean oil and other renewable resources.

Charles devotes substantial time to pro bono matters. He argues before the Federal Circuit on behalf of veterans seeking service-connected disability benefits. He successfully represented a client seeking Social Security disability benefits, writing the briefs and arguing at a hearing before an administrative law judge.

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