Chris Weimer practices trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, and copyright law with a focus on disputes and litigation. Chris has counseled clients across a wide range of industries, including consumer products, fashion, financial and insurance services, oil & gas, health care, and pharmaceuticals, and software development. He has broad experience litigating in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the National Arbitration Forum, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. In addition, Chris has worked with several clients to manage, protect, and police their international trademark portfolios. In this role, Chris regularly counsels clients on trademark searching, clearance, and prosecution, evaluating watch notices, negotiating settlement and consent agreements, and coordinating multi-jurisdiction opposition, cancellation, and infringement proceedings.more
Fluent in Spanish, Chris has assisted clients in litigation, investigations, and foreign proceedings as bilingual counsel, coordinating Spanish-language witness interviews, depositions, and document review, among other things. He regularly advises foreign clients in domestic proceedings and assists U.S. companies seeking to assert their rights abroad.
Chris has also acted to protect client’s rights in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings and litigated numerous commercial disputes involving claims such as fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and others.
Chris earned his J.D. with high honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif. He was also a member of the U.S. – Mexico Bar Association (UT Law Chapter) and served as the Society Coordinator for the Gus Hodges Society. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and American Studies from Wesleyan University.
- The Best Lawyers in America® Trademark Law, by Woodward/White, Inc. (2019–2020)
- Texas Rising Stars list in IP litigation by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters service (2014-2016, 2018–2020)
- Pro Bono Attorney of the Year 2014, American Gateways (2014)
- Access to Justice Award: Pro Bono Attorney nominee, American Gateways (formerly the Political Asylum Project of Austin), (2012–2013)
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIP
- The University of Texas School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2015 – Present)
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
- Moderator – “Diversity as a competitive differentiator: What top tech companies do better than the rest,” Discussion Panel, March 06, 2019
- Moderator, “Corporate rebranding: tales from the trenches of company name changes,” Austin Intellectual Property Law Association CLE presentation, August 18, 2015
- Co-Author, “An Update and Refresher of Constructing and Proving Damages,” 34th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation CLE, October 25-26, 2012
- Author, “Trademark Licenses in Bankruptcy Proceedings,” The Brand Protection Blog, Sept. 27, 2012
- Foreign Direct Investment and National Security Post-FINSA 2007,87 Texas L. Rev. 669 (2009)
- State Bar of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit