- Food & Agribusiness
- Alcohol & Beverage
- Trademarks & Copyrights
- Intellectual Property
- Intellectual Property Counseling
|Contact Info||Telephone: 402.964.5144|
|University ||Augustana College, B.A., 1991|
|Law School||University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., 1996 Order of the Coif|
|Admitted||1996, Nebraska; 2005, Oregon; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 2006, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon|
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association
•Nebraska State Bar Association
Chris has more than 15 years of experience in the field of managing, protecting, prosecuting and litigating intellectual property matters. A member of Husch Blackwell's Food & Agribusiness industry team, he focuses on counseling, licensing and litigation in U.S. and international trademark, copyright, unfair competition, Internet and technology matters, primarily in the food and agribusiness sector. He provides opinions on trademark and copyright availability and infringement and has litigated numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
In his current practice, Chris manages the trademark portfolio for ConAgra Foods Inc., one of the largest food-manufacturing companies in the world, consisting of approximately 4,000 foreign and domestic individual trademark registrations. In addition to this Fortune 200 company, he also:
•Manages the trademark portfolio for Lucky Bucket Brewing.
Directs the trademark portfolio for SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery.
Manages the trademark portfolio for Sergeant's Pet Care Products.
In addition, Chris has worked on numerous acquisitions and divestitures of intellectual property and technology assets. He also has extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of technology-related agreements, including trademark license agreements, technology and software license agreements, and copyright license agreements.
Manages the trademark portfolio for ConAgra Foods Inc., with approximately 4,000 foreign and domestic individual trademark registrations.
•Manages the trademark portfolio for Lucky Bucket Brewing Co., based in Nebraska.
•Directs the trademark portfolio for SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery, based in Nebraska.
•Manages the trademark portfolio for Sergeant's Pet Care Products Inc., an international pet product company.
6.17.14 The Food Fight Continues: POM Wonderful's Lanham Act Claim Not Barred by Food Labeling Regulations Food & Agribusiness Blog
4.25.14 Supreme Court Justices Seemingly Dubious Over Coca-Cola's Assertion That FDA Label Regulations Preempt False Advertising Claims Food & Agribusiness Blog
2.13.14 High Court to Weigh In on Labeling Dispute Between Competing Beverage Companies
Food & Agribusiness Alert
3.01.12 Security Interests in IP - Part 1: Tangible Problems in an Intangible World, Nebraska Banker Article
12.07.11 Protecting Your Company's Proprietary Assets - Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law
Seminar Kansas City, MO
1.01.07 Identifying and Maximizing Licensing Opportunities, Technology Licensing Strategies
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High Court to Weigh In on Labeling Dispute Between Competing Beverage Companies
Christopher M. Bikus, February 18, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari to hear an appeal filed by POM Wonderful LLC in connection with its suit against The Coca-Cola Company under the Lanham Act alleging that Coca-Cola’s “Pomegranate Blueberry” juice labels are misleading. POM Wonderful asserts these...
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