professional summary
Christopher Byrne
christopher byrne
VP, IP Strategy
Tessera Technologies, Inc.
Chris Byrne is VP for IP Strategy for Tessera Technologies, Inc., in Silicon Valley. Chris has B.A., B.S.E.E. and J.D. degrees and is a USPTO registered patent attorney.

Prior to Tessera, Chris began his IP career with Hewlett-Packard and subsequently held the chief IP position at four multi-billion dollar public high-tech companies where Chris led record-setting design and implementation of several of the most strategic and commercially valuable IP platforms and portfolios in high-tech, from semiconductors to software. Chris has also had industry-wide leadership roles in the policy and legal developments of software interoperability, software patents, patent reform and digital copyright, including repeated testimony before Congress on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as IP Chair of the Information Technology Industry Council ( Chris has also been a planning-committee member, speaker and presiding officer at the Stanford/Berkeley/UTexas Advanced Patent Law Institute in Silicon Valley since its inception more than ten years ago. Chris is also a board member emeritus and past-president of the Churchill Club, Silicon Valley’s premier entrepreneur, VC and CEO forum ( He has also been a charter member and was a founding co-chair of the clean-tech section of TiE-Silicon Valley, the organizational hub of the world’s foremost global network of entrepreneurs ( Alongside his IP career, Chris has been an active angel investor, particularly in new-media and clean-tech.

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Chris would like to thank Alex Zhang of King & Wood, Dr. Hoo-min Toong of IPVision and Nick Christensen for their kind assistance.