Christopher McNett is an associate in McKool Smith's New York office. He focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Chris served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for the Honorable S. James Otero at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Chris has experience working with patents in numerous technical areas, including memory systems, wireless telecommunications standards, computer security, vehicle tracking, night vision, mobile applications, payment systems, and 3D printing. He has experience in the analysis, mining, valuation, and litigation of patent portfolios. He also has represented clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in patent prosecution matters.

While attending law school, Chris was a submissions manager and line editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and participated in the Cyberlaw Clinic. He also served as a legal intern for the Civil Division, Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prior to practicing law, Chris was a software engineer. He worked at Palm, where he developed system software and development tools for smartphones. As an undergraduate, he worked at Microsoft, developing portions of the Windows platform. He also worked in patent licensing and acquisitions at Intellectual Ventures, determining valuations for transactions ranging from single patents to large portfolios.

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J.D., Harvard Law School, 2014

M.S., Computer Science, Stanford University, 2006

B.S., with highest distinction, Computer Engineering, Purdue University, 2003


  • Hon. Jimmie V. Reyna, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Hon. S. James Otero, U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Court Admissions

  • State of California
  • State of New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Bar Associations

  • District of Columbia
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