Chris Kindel

Chris Kindel


Chris Kindel has focused his practice on intellectual property trademark and copyright matters since he began his legal career in 2001. His experience crosses a wide range of industries including consumer and luxury goods, retail sales, hotel services, music and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, software, financial and consulting services and information technologies industries.

Chris has particular expertise assisting clients on trademark and copyright licensing and transactional matters, ranging from drafting and negotiating character license and brand extension agreements to providing counsel on IP issues in large M&A transactions. Having spent several years of his practice on an international team focused on managing the international portfolios of well-known brands, Chris has extensive experience providing strategic counseling on international protection and enforcement issues. Chris is also well versed in domestic and international trademark clearance, portfolio management, global filing programs, global clearance projects, multi-country oppositions, domain-name issues, anti-counterfeiting and infringement actions.

In 2001, he earned his J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a recipient of a Chancellor’s Scholarship and served as a copyright law and securities law research assistant. Prior to law school, Christopher graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Liberal Arts Honors program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Outside the office, Chris loves to spend time with his family.

  • The Best Lawyers In America® Trademark Law, By Woodward/White, Inc. (2017-2024)
  • Chambers & Partners USA, Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright In Texas (2018-2023)
  • WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, World Trademark Review (2015-2023)
  • Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who Of Trademark Lawyers, Law Business Research Ltd. (2015-2023)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leader, Intellectual Property – USA, Law Business Research Ltd. (2022)
  • Lawyer Of The Year For Trademark Law In Austin, Best Lawyers® By Woodward/White, Inc. (2021)
  • Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides, Trade Marks, U.S. (Rising Stars, 2015-2018) (2020)

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Law Firm Committee (2022-2023)
    • INTA PAC Board Of Governors
    • Non-Traditional Marks Committee (2018-2021)
    • Subcommittee Chair, Harmonization Of Trademark Laws And Practice Committee (2015-2017)
    • North America Global Advisory Council (2015-2017)
  • Licensing Executive Society
  • Copyright Society Of The United States Of America
    • Former Chair, Texas Chapter (2017-2018)
  • Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Regional Oral Argument Judge, Inta’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (2016-2019)
  • State Bar Of Texas
  • State Bar Of New York
  • State Bar Of North Carolina

  • Co-Presenter, Advertising’s Day In Court: The Supreme Court Takes A Stand On False Advertising, American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, (With Saul Perloff, Adam Scoville, Rebecca Tushnet) July 2014
  • Speaker, From Keywords To Naked Licensing: An Update On Notable Trademark Law Developments And Trends, Austin IP Law Association, August 2012
  • Co-Presenter, IP Best Practices, Austin Asian American Bar Association (With Gina Shishima And Anuj Dharia), November 2011
  • Co-Presenter Trademark Transactions, Fulbright IP Training Series (With Paul Williamson) October 2010
  • Speaker, Knowing The Rules Of The Game In China: Impact Of Legal Environmental & IP Rights For Us Exporters, November 2009, U.S. – China Business Forum: Green Texas 2009
  • Intellectual Property Overview, Rice Alliance Digital Media Entrepreneurship Workshop, June 2008
  • Co-Author, New Intellectual Property Enforcement Legislation, The Pro-IP Act, Is Signed Into Law, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Briefing, October 2008
  • Author, When Digital Contacts Equal Minimum Contacts: How Fourth Circuit Courts Should Assess Personal Jurisdiction In Trademark Disputes Over Internet Domain Names, North Carolina Law Review, Volume 78, Issue 6, September 2000

  • 2001 J.D., with Honors, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Comments Editor – North Carolina Law Review
  • Chancellors’ Scholarship recipient
  • 1998 B.A., with High Honors, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Liberal Arts Honors Program

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