Christopher Lynch

Patent Attorney - Partner - Spokane

Christopher Lynch



University of Washington School of Law Juris Doctorate 1987

University of Washington Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

Admitted to practice law in the States of Washington and Idaho Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office Admitted to practice law before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Federal Circuits


Christopher Lynch is the practice group leader for the trademark, copyright, and licensing practice groups at Lee & Hayes. Chris has spent his entire legal career working in Intellectual Property Law.

As an attorney fully licensed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Chris is an intellectual property generalist – working on many diverse matters including intellectual property strategy development, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property litigation. Chris leads the trademark group at Lee & Hayes, overseeing large international trademark portfolios and small localized trademark portfolios alike.  Chris has worked on hundreds of technology transfers and license matters including license enforcement for numerous clients in many technology areas. He has also litigated numerous intellectual property matters and has argued in federal courts in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Utah, and Washington D.C.

Chris has strong experience in technical standards and consortia. He was the lead outside counsel for Microsoft to the Bluetooth and UPnP consortia during their critical formation stages, representing Microsoft through the creation and activation of Membership Agreements, and the creation of Implementers’ Corporations.

Chris has been a professor teaching intellectual property for over 20 years. From 2010-2012, Chris served as an Assistant Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law; teaching Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Advanced Trademark and Unfair Competition and coaching the school’s Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Moot Court teams. In 2011, Chris’ Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Moot Court team won the western regional competition at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and finished second in the nation at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.  Chris has served an Adjunct Professor teaching a variety of intellectual property courses at Gonzaga University School of Law since 1991 and continues as an Adjunct Professor today.  Chris also served as a Visiting Professor teaching Intellectual Property at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico.

Serving as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Chris was appointed to a three year term in 2008 by the Federal Judges in the Eastern District of Washington. He has twice served as a Trustee for the Federal Bar in the Eastern District and been on the Executive Committee of the WSBA IP Section. Chris was a founding member of the Law, Science and Technology Society at the University of Washington School of Law. Outside of the classroom, Chris has given over sixty presentations to various legal groups on federal procedure, preemption, antitrust and intellectual property.  In 2015, Chris was appointed to the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association and also serves on the Adjunct Professor Subcommittee of INTA’s Academic Committee.