Principal / Silicon Valley / 650-839-5001

Chris Bowley

Chris Bowley is a Principal in Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley* office. Dr. Bowley was previously an associate, patent agent and technology specialist with the firm.

His practice emphasizes patent prosecution and counseling, patent strategy and analysis, and development and management of patent portfolios. Technical areas of Dr. Bowley’s patent prosecution work include various sub-fields of physics including solid-state physics, optics, electricity and magnetism, mechanics, atomic and molecular physics. Dr. Bowley has substantial experience in a variety of optical technologies, including imaging systems, illumination systems, displays (e.g., LCD’s, projection displays, and microdisplays), interferometry (e.g., distance measuring interferometry and surface profiling interferometry), optical communications, optical waveguides, liquid crystal devices, lasers (e.g., semiconductor lasers, fiber lasers, and gas lasers), electro-optic devices (e.g., LED’s), optical materials, optical components (e.g., retardation films, polarizers, and diffractive optics). Other technologies include semiconductor fabrication, semiconductor metrology, chemical vapor deposition, chemical fluid deposition, MEMS devices, ink jet printing, microfluidics, electrophoretics, superconductors, and nanotechnology.

Prior to joining Fish & Richardson, Dr. Bowley served as a Senior Research Physicist developing liquid crystal polymer technology for optical film applications in the Optical Systems Division of 3M (2000-2001). He has additional experience as a graduate research assistant in the areas of fabrication, electro-optic, mechanical, and microscopic characterization, and numerical simulation of numerous liquid crystal and polymer composite devices at Brown University (1996-1999).

*Not admitted to practice in California. Work conducted in California is directly supervised by a member of the California Bar or limited to federal courts and agencies listed below.


J.D., Suffolk University Law School 2006

Ph.D., Brown University 1999

M.S., Brown University 1996

B.S., University of Cape Town 1994
with honors



  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2004
  • New York 2010
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