Christopher C. Bolten



Chris Bolten is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice focuses on patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Bolten advises clients in a number of fields, including medical devices such as ultrasound and X-ray imagers, neurostimulation systems, implantable mechanical devices, ablation devices, wound dressings, and medicine dispensers; telecommunications such as cellular and internet technologies; aerospace and defense technologies such as signal processing and optical systems; and automotive technologies such as battery systems. His practice also includes the preparation of noninfringement, invalidity, patentability, and freedom-to-operate opinions. Mr. Bolten is experienced in representing a range of clients, from solo inventors and start-up companies to international corporations. He is a member of the Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies and IP Litigation Practices.


Based on surveys and interviews of more than 250,000 corporate counsel, Mr. Bolten was recognized as a 2017 Next Generation Lawyer for Patent Prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) by The Legal 500, which notes the top up-and-coming lawyers nationwide. He was selected for inclusion in the 2015 and 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars lists.


Mr. Bolten earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University (J.D., 2009). He graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University (B.S., 2005).


His publications include “In re Seagate Tech., L.L.C.: Is the Objective Recklessness Standard a Practical Change?”, 49 Jurimetrics J. 73-90 (2009).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Bolten is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of California, the Central District of California, the Northern District of California, the District of Colorado, and the Eastern District of Texas.

Mr. Bolten is a member of the firm’s Associates Committee.