Christopher L. May, PLLC,  Partner

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Christopher May is a registered patent attorney and partner at Ballast IP Law, LLP, where he focuses his practice on patent and trademark litigation and Section 337 investigations for importers before the International Trade Commission (ITC). He has handled matters in a variety of industries, including the pharmaceutical, mechanical and consumer electronic fields, and has experience in all aspects of patent litigation, including pre-litigation investigations, writing and arguing claim construction at Markman hearings, examining and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses, and management of litigation before judges and juries at trial.

Christopher earned his Law and Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in entrepreneurship, degrees from the University of Chicago. He is also an adjunct professor at University of Maryland's Carey School of Law, where he teaches a course on international intellectual property.


  • Represented respondent Funai Electric Co. and its subsidiaries in an ITC investigation, resulting in a finding of no violation and termination of the investigation in Funai’s favor (Certain Audiovisual Components and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-837) (Fed. Cir.))
  • Represented the King Center in an action by the King Estate to terminate the center’s right to use intellectual property, including the writings and spoken words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., alleged to be owned by the estate (Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. v. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (Ga. Sup. Ct.))
  • Represented defendants in a patent infringement case concerning rotary disc filter technology; the case was settled after claim construction (Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Support v. Siemens Industry, Inc. et al. (E.D.N.C.))
  • Represented Sandoz in Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation concerning the drug doripenem; the case was settled after briefing on claim construction (Shionogi v. Sandoz Inc. (D.N.J.))
  • Represented respondent Funai Electric Co. and its subsidiaries in a series of ITC investigations and subsequent district court litigation involving integrated circuits incorporated into Funai’s consumer electronics products, resulting in a finding of no violation and settlement on favorable terms (Certain Integrated Circuits, Chipsets and Products Containing Same Including Televisions, Media Players, and Cameras (Inv. 337-TA-709, 786) (E.D. Tex.))
  • Represented complainant Spansion, LLC in an ITC investigation concerning the importation of flash memory chips and third-party products incorporating those chips into the United States (Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-735))
  • Represented Sybase and obtained an extremely favorable settlement in the competitor’s litigation; the technology at issue involved enterprise software that manages, analyzes and mobilizes information on handheld devices, using relational databases, analytics and data warehousing solutions (Sybase v. Telecommunications System (E.D. Va.))
  • Represented respondent Spansion, LLC in an ITC investigation concerning the importation of Spansion’s flash memory chips into the United States in third-party products; the investigation was terminated after the commission issued a notice of review (Certain Flash Memory and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-685))
  • Represented McKesson in a case involving automated robotic storage systems for the packaging and dispensing of prescriptions within hospital wards (McKesson Corp. v. Swisslog (D. Del.))

Bar and Court Admissions: New York; District of Columbia; US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; US District Court for the District of Columbia; US District Court for the Eastern District of New York; US District Court for the Southern District of New York; US Patent and Trademark Office

Education: University of Chicago Law School, JD, 2001; University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, MBA, 2001;  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MS, Chemistry, 1997;·   Duke University, BS, Chemistry, cum laude, 1994


  • The Best Lawyers in America 2015 to 2017


  • Children’s Law Center, serves as a guardian ad litem for children in neglect and custody cases
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association