About Chris

Chris has been counseling clients on intellectual property matters as a member of the Renner Otto team since 1995.  Chris's expertise includes utility patent, design patent, and trademark prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; international patent portfolio management, including licensing negotiations and consultation with foreign patent and trademark professionals; patent and trademark rights enforcement before U.S. federal courts; and drafting and arguing patent appeals before the U.S. Patent Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board. 

Chris has successfully secured patent protection on behalf of individual inventors, large international corporations and companies of various sizes in between.  His patent practice is focused around mechanical and electro-mechanical systems and devices.  Specific technical fields in which Mr. Jacobs has successfully secured patent protection for his clients include:  packaging systems; building construction equipment and devices; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; ophthalmic surgical instruments; children's toys; diaper-making equipment; aerospace systems; and electric motors and related control systems.  

Early in his career, Chris lived and worked in Osaka, Japan in support of a relationship between Renner Otto and the Shusaku Yamamoto Patent Law Offices.  While in Japan, Chris provided advice and counsel to Japanese clients on U.S. patent and trademark law and practice.

Before joining the firm, Chris worked as a systems engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.  Chris's engineering experience also includes work in various departments of the Harrison Division of General Motors Corporation in automotive air-conditioning compressor manufacturing plants near Dayton, Ohio.

Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, hiking, golf, and woodworking.


Work Experience

Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio (1992-1995) – Systems Engineering

Hamilton Sorter Company, Inc., Fairfield, Ohio, (1991) – Engineering

Harrison Division, General Motors Corp., of Moraine, Ohio (1989-1990) – Engineering Co-op


Professional Memberships

Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA) – Copyright Committee Chair, 2002-2003

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)


Other Memberships

Cleveland Skating Club, member of the Curling Club

Boy Scouts of America, Cleveland Heights, Ohio-Pack 71, Den Leader, 2006-2011; – Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 22; Lead Advisor for Philmont Scout Ranch High Adventure Crew 719-K (2018)

Cleveland Heights Youth Hockey Association – Board member, 2009-2018; President, 2017-2018



The Ohio State University, Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Senior, 1992