Foley Hoag Names Christopher T. Natkanski as Partner in Business Department and Licensing Practice

May 7, 2014

Foley Hoag LLP today announced Christopher T. Natkanski has joined the firm as a partner in its business department and a member of its licensing practice and technology industry group.

Natkanski’s experience includes negotiating license agreements, joint ventures, collaborations, alliances and other IP-focused transactions in industries including technology, life sciences, consumer products, investment management, education, media and communications. He has advised clients on research, development, supply, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, data use, services and outsourcing agreements, as well as day-to-day commercial and operational inquiries.  Transactions on which his advice is sought involve various types of intellectual property and proprietary rights, including patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity.

Natkanski, who spent more than a decade in the IP transactions practice and corporate department at Ropes & Gray LLP and two years in the technology development and licensing office at Harvard University, was drawn by the breadth of Foley Hoag’s practice offerings.

“Foley Hoag is a well-known provider of the full range of services to technology and life science companies throughout their life-cycle,” Natkanski said.  “This compliments my existing practice and serves as a good platform on which to expand it.” 

“Licensing and related IP transactions are a critical area for our clients, and an increasingly complex and evolving area of the law,” said Paul Sweeney, partner and Co-Chair of Foley Hoag’s Technology Practice. “Chris adds strong expertise and depth to our technology industry group, and has the detailed legal knowledge and innovative approach that our clients need to gain the most benefit from transactions involving their own and third-party IP.”

Natkanski is admitted to the Massachusetts and New York bars and is also a patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned a juris doctor degree summa cum laude from Cornell Law School, where he was editor of the Cornell Law Review, in 2000 and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University in 1997. Natkanski has spoken on technology transfer issues to the Boston Bar Association.

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