Chris Thomas concentrates his practice on intellectual property rights and disputes concerning them. He is a North Carolina State Bar board certified specialist in trademark law who was awarded "Lawyer of the Year" in 2019 for his work in copyright law in Raleigh by The Best Lawyers in America®.
Chris represents clients in federal and state courts, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He counsels clients on trademark adoption, search and clearance, prosecution, opposition, maintenance, enforcement, and licensing. He also assists clients with copyright registration, licensing, and transfers.
Chambers USA has recognized that Chris is "praised for being 'efficient and effective' in the realm of intellectual property disputes, including trademark and patent litigation." Chambers USA also reported that he "has an impressive reputation among interviewees as an 'intelligent, studious, and analytical' IP disputes lawyer. Sources were quick to point out his 'great ideas for strategy' as well as his skill at providing 'an objective view of likelihood of success where some others over-promise.'" His peers and clients also told World Trademark Review, which included Chris in its 2020 edition of WTR™ 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, that he is a “rising star in the Southeast for trademark, trade secret, and internet-related litigation,” as well as “highly dedicated and responsive.”
Chris is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Federal Circuit.
Chris chairs the N.C. Bar Association’s Copyright Committee and is a member of the International Trademark Association's Data Protection Committee.
Prior to law school, Chris worked in information technology for a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.