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Chris W. Dawson
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Chris represents clients through all phases of intellectual property procurement and enforcement. Currently, his practice focuses on patent, copyright, and trademark litigation, where he represents clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, in federal district court, and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Chris also prepares and prosecutes utility and design patent applications in the mechanical, electrical, and business-method arts, and prepares non-infringement and invalidity opinions.

Prior to joining Hovey Williams, Chris served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Nancy L. Moritz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Before that, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of a national intellectual property law firm, where his practice was focused on patent prosecution.

Areas Of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution and Counseling

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 2014
  • Missouri, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2018
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2013


  • George Washington University Law School, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: With Highest Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
    • B.S. - 2007
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
    • M.B.A. - 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Peter D. Rosenberg Award in Patent and Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Section of the Virginia State Bar Award, 2012