Chris Rourk, a thought leader in artificial intelligence legal matters, is a Dallas intellectual property attorney with 10 years’ field experience as a former engineer and over two decades of diverse legal experience handling matters related to all aspects of intellectual property, as well as corporate transactions, commercial litigation and other complex interdisciplinary matters for clients across industries.
Chris has prosecuted 400+ patents to issuance in diverse technological fields such as nanotechnology devices, semiconductor systems and devices, radio frequency systems and devices, analog systems and devices, telecommunications systems and devices, medical devices, image data processing systems and devices, and consumer electronics. One area in which Chris excels is in the use of strategic post-grant proceedings to invalidate patents that have been or might be asserted against clients. These proceedings allow improperly-granted patent claims to be attacked in the patent office, to save clients the expense and stress of district court litigation.
As an engineer, Chris developed numerous technical proficiencies while working for Bechtel Power Corporation on-site for a major power plant construction project, where he was involved with designing and installing telecommunications, control and power systems components. He then worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where he designed large turbine generators and extensively applied three-dimensional finite element computer models to new and existing designs. This unique background gives Chris specific insights into solutions for many business problems encountered by clients, as well as preventative measures and strategies for avoiding those problems.
During law school, Chris worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where he performed research and directed research at a number of national laboratories into issues pertaining to nuclear power safety, including probabilistic risk assessment computer models of nuclear power plant safety systems.