Christopher A. Proskey is a member of BrownWinick and co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property practice group. Chris is a registered patent attorney with a focus on patents, trademarks and intellectual property rights. He serves a variety of corporate clients across a broad array of businesses and technology areas and helps these clients protect, enforce and defend their patent, trademark, copyright and other intellectual property rights. Over his career, Chris has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patents and trademarks. He has also been involved in many complex intellectual property litigations.
Prior to joining BrownWinick, Chris also served as General Counsel for QMotion Incorporated, a growing international technology company, where he managed and developed a portfolio of several hundred U.S. and foreign patents and trademarks, as well as managed and negotiated a network of domestic and international licensing agreements as well as all the other legal matters for the company. As General Counsel, Chris helped to lead the successful acquisition of QMotion by a publicly traded company. Chris also spent nearly a decade at a boutique intellectual property law firm where he built a broad foundation of practical intellectual property experience.
Chris is a true relationship builder. He believes that having a strong relationship with his clients and understanding the direction and goals of the underlying business is necessary to providing accurate and thorough representation. In a world where “an ounce of prevention is often worth ten pounds of cure,” Chris believes taking the time to understand the bigger picture as well as the people involved is time well spent. While his specialty is in intellectual property, Chris’ diverse background provides him with a unique ability to provide counseling that goes far beyond intellectual property.
Prior to law school, Chris received a B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Iowa State University. Chris worked as an engineer in the semiconductor and nanotechnology industry at Seagate Technology where he designed manufacturing systems for computer hard drives. While at Seagate, Chris attended the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and received an M.B.A., with studies focused on strategy, finance, entrepreneurship and management. Chris left engineering when he was named a Dwight D. Opperman Scholar and received a full tuition scholarship to attend Drake University Law School. He received his J.D., with honors, with studies focused on intellectual property and business law.
While originally from Long Island, New York, Chris’s roots now literally run-deep in Iowa as Chris is involved in his wife’s family farming operation in North-Central Iowa.
Chris was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2007 and the Florida bar in 2008. In October 2008, he was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a registered patent attorney.