Chris Bollinger concentrates his practice on matters relating to intellectual property transactions and licensing, including contracts and matters involving trademark and copyright, technology law, e-commerce, and computer and Internet law. His prior experience as a software engineer informs his legal practice and allows Chris to provide his clients with in-depth and nuanced advice on a wide range of technology, IP, compliance and “e­” related issues. Chris crafts legal and business solutions to fit the rapidly evolving and increasingly complex digital marketplace—and the unique needs of his clients.

In addition to his work with hardware, software, financial, and technology companies, Chris provides guidance to corporate clients across the business spectrum, including many in the manufacturing, consumer product, energy, telecom, medical device, biotech, electronic, and industrial service sectors.

  • Experience

    • Licensing: Drafting and reviewing agreements for the licensing and transfer of patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Advising on complex licensing issues for joint venture, product development, and joint development arrangements.
    • E-Commerce & Internet: Advising clients on compliance, electronic contracting, social media and e-commerce issues, including reviewing/auditing client web sites. Drafting and negotiating agreements relating to web services, cloud computing, website development and hosting, including Service Level Agreements.
    • Software & Services: Drafting and negotiating agreements relating to the development, transfer and licensing of hardware and software technology. Counseling clients on complex software-related issues, including issues relating to open source software, Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements, and ASP arrangements. Extensive experience with consulting services agreements and contracts relating to the development and implementation of software systems.
    • Data & Technology: Drafting and reviewing agreements relating to data transfer, data protection and the procurement of information technology resources. Experience in preparing confidentiality and distributor agreements, data and content licenses, API agreements, telecom agreements, strategic alliance agreements, and research and development agreements.
    • Transactions: Providing advice on the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, and the commercialization and transfer of intellectual property. Extensive experience directing and conducting intellectual property due diligence for large corporate transactions.
    • Media & Merchandising: Negotiating consumer product licensing, merchandising, and promotional agreements involving famous brands and characters. Experience working with a variety of major consumer product, media, and entertainment companies.
    • Advertising: Counseling clients on issues relating to advertising law, rights of publicity, ad clearance, sweepstakes, and contests. Negotiating promotion agreements for the use of celebrity likenesses and endorsements, including social media influencer contracts and branding guidelines. Experience drafting rules for promotions conducted on Facebook®, Twitter®, and Instagram®, and Pinterest®.
    • Copyright and Content Development: Providing advice on publishing and content issues, including drafting and negotiating publishing and content distribution agreements. Counseling clients with respect to copyright issues involving websites and user generated content, including issues relating to screen scraping and online contests.
    • Privacy: Advising clients on privacy issues involving contracts and transactions. Crafting web site privacy policies. Negotiating agreements with data vendors and processors to address data security issues and privacy law requirements.
    • Trademark & Prosecution: Counseling clients regarding the adoption of brands and trademark clearance. Preparing and prosecuting trademark applications.
    • FinTech: Advising clients on blockchain issues and negotiating agreements for use of blockchain technology.
  • Credentials


    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1992, cum laude
    • University of Michigan, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1989, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
        • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

          Professional Memberships

          • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Section of Intellectual Property Law (IP Transactions & Licensing Committee, Software & Cloud Computing Committee), Section of Science & Technology Law (E-Privacy Law Committee)
          • Chicago Bar Association, Computer Law Section
        • Insights

          News Release

          2019 Leading Lawyers Lists Recognize 95 Schiff Attorneys

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 95 attorneys named to the 2019 Leading Lawyers list.

          News Release

          Schiff Advised Altaris on $1.1 Billion Take-Private Acquisition of Analogic

          Schiff Hardin LLP served as legal counsel to Altaris Capital Partners in connection with an Altaris affiliate’s acquisition of Analogic Corporation for approximately $1.1 billion.

          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Represents Central Steel in Acquisition by Ryerson

          Schiff is representing Central Steel & Wire Company, a leading metal service center with a strong reputation as a valued supply chain partner.

          News Release

          95 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 Leading Lawyers Lists

          Ninety-six Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2018 Leading Lawyers lists for Illinois and Michigan.

          News Release

          Schiff Represents H. D. Smith in Acquisition by AmerisourceBergen

          Schiff Hardin LLP advised H. D. Smith, the largest privately held wholesaler in the United States, in its acquisition by AmerisourceBergen for $815 million.

          News Release

          99 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to 2017 Leading Lawyers List

          Ninety-nine Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2017 Leading Lawyers list for Illinois and Michigan.

          News Release

          91 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2016 Illinois, Michigan Leading Lawyers Network

          The list is comprised of those attorneys who are most recommended as top lawyers among their peers.

          Speeches & Presentations

          • “Intellectual Property Protection for Software,” Schiff Hardin Conference (Dec. 2016)
          • “Intellectual Property Considerations for Design Firms,” Schiff Hardin Conference (Jun. 2015)
          • “Managing Cyber­risk and Measures to Ensure Data Security,” Schiff Hardin 2014 Financial Services Regulation Roundtable (Sep. 2014)
          • “In the Cloud: Seeking a Clearer View of Cloud Computing,” Schiff Hardin Webinar (Feb. 2011)