Chris Morten is an associate in Goodwin’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. Dr. Morten focuses on patent matters, with an emphasis on chemistry and the life sciences. He has experience in district court litigation, including Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigation, as well as trials at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), patent prosecution, and patent strategy and counseling.

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Dr. Morten focuses on patent matters. He has experience in district court litigation, including Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigation, as well as trials at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), patent prosecution, and patent strategy and counseling. He has worked on numerous matters in diverse fields, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, polymers, food science, consumer products, fragrance chemistry, agricultural products, and petrochemistry.

Representative matters include:

  • ApoPharma Inc. v. Taro Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., No. 2:16-cv-528 (E.D. Tex.): Representing defendant Taro in ongoing Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving ApoPharma’s FERRIPROX® (deferiprone) product.
  • Lupin Atlantis Holdings, S.A. v. InvaGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., No. 16-708 (D. Del.): Representing plaintiff Lupin in ongoing Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving Lupin’s ANTARA® (fenofibrate) product.
  • Tris Pharma, Inc. v. Actavis Elizabeth LLC, No. 16-603 (D. Del.): Representing defendant Actavis in ongoing Hatch-Waxman patent litigation involving Tris’s QUILLICHEW ER® (methylphenidate) product.
  • Successful IPR challenges to patents covering injectable iron complexes for treatment of iron deficiency anemia.
Professional Activities

Dr. Morten is a member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA).

Professional Experience

Prior to rejoining Goodwin in 2016, Dr. Morten clerked for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

From 2014 to 2015, Dr. Morten worked as a scientific advisor and patent agent at another law firm, focusing on patent prosecution and counseling for life sciences, chemical, and consumer products clients. From 2011 to 2013, he was a science advisor at Goodwin, advising on patent litigation, patent opinion, and due diligence matters for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients.

Dr. Morten’s graduate research explored the biosynthesis, total synthesis and chemical biology of ladder polyether toxins, a class of biologically active polyketide molecules implicated in many red tide outbreaks. In 2010, he received a Roche Excellence in Chemistry Award for research in organic chemistry.

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J.D., 2015
New York University
(magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, 2011
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., Chemistry, 2005
Columbia University
(summa cum laude)


2015-2016 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Honorable Timothy B. Dyk



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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
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