Christopher Curfman, Ph.D.

Principal
404-645-7717
ccurfman@mcciplaw.com

Dr. Curfman’s extensive scientific background in chemistry and pharmaceuticals adds considerable depth to his ability to counsel start-ups, large and small corporations, universities and research institutions on all aspects of patent prosecution in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology-related technologies.

For clients in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Curfman advises on and prosecutes patents for antiviral, antimicrobial, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and anticancer therapeutics, synthesis, rational drug design, delivery vehicles, formulations, controlled release, and microencapsulation. In the chemical arts, Dr. Curfman has advised on and prosecuted applications for polymers, plastics, composites, glass and ceramics, nanotechnology, catalysts, green chemistry, colloidal emulsions and surface chemistry, combinatorial chemistry, nutritional and food chemistry, diagnostics and sensors, chemical processes and reactor design and agrochemicals including pesticides and herbicides.

Dr. Curfman’s technical experience also extends to biotechnology and medical technology including protecting innovations in bioremediation, molecular and cellular biological screening assays, peptide/protein therapy and diagnostics, immunoassays and nucleic acid-based diagnostics, research tools, fermentation, implants, prostheses and surgical methods.

Dr. Curfman enjoys educating researchers and students on various aspects of patent law. He has taught several patent law classes and presented numerous seminars. He keeps clients up to date with real time alerts on important laws, legislation and holdings. Additionally, Dr. Curfman has published several research articles and received awards for his research and teaching achievements. Dr. Curfman was named a Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Star” by Atlanta Magazine (2006, 2012-2014). He is an adjunct professor at Emory University, and frequently presents on various patent law subjects.

Memberships and Affiliations
Member, American Chemical Society, Organic Division, Chemistry and Law Division
Member, Association of University Technology Managers

Prior Experience
Attorney, Pharmaceutical Team Leader, Ballard Spahr, LLP
Agent and Attorney, Needle & Rosenberg


Services

Patent Prosecution
Portfolio Development and Management
Opinions
Freedom to Operate Analysis
Due Diligence
Searching
Counseling

Technologies

Pharmaceuticals
Chemistry
Biotechnology
Medical Technology

Admissions

Georgia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Education

B.A., Virginia Tech,
Chemistry

B.S., Virginia Tech,
Biology

M.S., Virginia Tech,
Chemistry

Ph.D., Emory University,
Chemistry

J.D., Georgia State University