Chris also advises companies on the value and business impacts of intellectual property. With a focus on intellectual property and general business matters, Chris drafts and negotiates license agreements, technology and software purchase agreements, non-disclosure agreements, sponsorship agreements, and service agreements.
As a Portland native, Chris understands the value of community. Chris is also an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is a regular attendee at the INTA Annual Meeting, and has hosted several Portland-area INTA roundtable discussions on trademark matters. He has been appointed to INTA's Non-Traditional Mark Committee for the 2016-19 term and was a member of INTA's Nonprofit Organizations Committee for the 2014-15 term.
Chris acts as trademark counsel for numerous companies, including the following local brands:
- BridgePort Brewing
- Banfield Pet Hospital
- Rogue Creamery
- The Standard
Protecting Trademarks in a Global Marketplace
The global marketplace offers tremendous growth opportunities. It also presents new challenges for protecting intellectual property across international borders. To help clients protect the integrity and value of their brand, Tonkon Torp intellectual property attorney Chris Erickson has adopted a global perspective on his trademark practice to help companies register and protect their trademarks and service marks in the U.S. and throughout the world. Tonkon Torp is a full service trademark firm – taking companies through risk assessment to filing and registration, and litigation if necessary.
Tonkon Torp Brings Attorney Power to Renewable Energy Transaction
Tonkon Torp client Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) is the North American subsidiary of one of the largest corporations in the world, the Italian electricity company Enel S.p.A. Here's how we helped EGPNA in a renewable energy acquisition.
Tonkon Torp Represents Vestas in Acquisition of UpWind Solutions
Tonkon Torp represented its client Vestas, the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, in the acquisition of UpWind Solutions, Inc., an independent service provider for wind power plants in nine US states. The $60 million acquisition furthers Vestas's strategic objectives for its North America service business.
Community Involvement & Activities
International Trademark Association
2016–2017, Non-Traditional Marks Committee
2014–2015, Nonprofit Organizations Committee
Oregon Sports Authority
OSB Intellectual Property Section
Executive Committee Member
Portland Business Alliance
Leadership Portland, Class of 2006
INTA, International Trademark Association
Awards & Recognitions
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers
All Things IP Discussed at November Tonkon Talk
Chris Erickson Talks Intellectual Property for Portland Business Journal Podcast
Tonkon Renews Membership with Oregon Sports Authority
Tonkon Torp Hosts CLE on Brand Protection
Intellectual Property Team Members Join International Trademark Association Committees
Publications & Presentations
"IP Round Table for Startups" November 2017
April 2017, Portland Business Journal Biz503 Podcast – "Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks"
"Website Law for Startups" April 2016
Association of Corporate Counsel, Oregon Chapter – "Brand Protection in the Transactional Context" September 2015
"Special Topics in Start-Up IP" September 2015
Oregon State Bar CLE: Intellectual Property Review – Updates & Changes from 2013 – "Trademark Law Review" February 2014
"Don't Be Careless With a Brand", Daily Journal of Commerce, July 10, 2012
Oregon State Bar CLE: IP Review – "Trademarks and Keyword Advertising Update" January 2012
Oregon State Bar CLE: 50 Under 50 – "Seven Ways to Identify and Protect a Company's IP" November 2010
Oregon State Bar CLE: Intellectual Property Law: A Year In Review – "Trademark Update" February 2008