Corporate and IP Counsel
Kevin Christopher is the founder of Ridgeline Venture Law, Tennessee’s first B Corp® law firm and a 2018 Best for the World Honoree. Prior to launching RVL®, Kevin led bioinformatics, bioscience, and biotech development and licensing activities with top secret security clearance at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, steered large scale partnerships in renewable energy and synthetic biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and consulted the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Along the way, Kevin served as a foundational team member or key advisor to startups with algal based protein production, biomass energy conversion, microbiome editing skincare, and hepatocellular carcinoma diagnostics technologies. Most recently, Kevin served as corporate counsel to a boutique therapeutics company with a novel gyrase inhibiting antibiotic platform.
Kevin is a Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Lawyer and regular speaker on corporate social responsibility, intellectual property, and leadership. Active in the community, he is an elected official and board member to several environmental and social impact nonprofits. A registered patent attorney, his practice areas include patents and trademarks, benefit and alternative company structures, and technology commercialization.
Activities & Affiliations
- Advisor, Bethesda Green Hub
- Advisor, Nashville Entrepreneur Center
- Advisory Board, Biz Foundry
- Advisory Board, Chattanooga INCubator
- Board of Directors, IMPACT Cookeville
- County Commissioner, State of Tennessee
- Executive Council, TBA Intellectual Property Section
- Leadership Lawyer, Tennessee Bar Association
- Member, Intellectual Property Constituency, ICANN
- Mentor, CompanyLab
- Mentor, Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council
- Mentor, Tennessee Life Science Network
Alternative & Benefit Corporation Structures
Investor Relations & Financing
District of Columbia
State of Tennessee
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Presentations and Publications
“Copyright and Public Art.” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association. Fall Seminar. Nashville, TN. 2 Nov. 2018. Presentation.
“Vile and Viral Trademarks.” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association. Spring Seminar. Nashville, TN. 4 May 2018. Presentation.
“Intellectual Property.” AgLaunch Bootcamp. Knoxville, TN. 11 July 2018. Presentation.
“Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs.” Tennessee Tech Rural Innovation Conference. Cookeville, TN. 7 June 2018. Presentation.
“Advanced Energy Entrepreneurship.” Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council. Opportunities in Energy. Knoxville, TN. 6 Dec. 2016. Presentation.
“Country Music Industry Fights Website Allegedly Selling Bootleg Merchandise.” Fox 17 News Nashville. 3 Aug. 2016. Television Interview.
“Tech Transfer to Manufacturing.” University of California, Berkeley Entrepreneurship Symposium. Biomedical Entrepreneurship: A Roadmap to the Future. Berkeley, CA. 14 Oct. 2014. Presentation.
“Startups and Venture Capital.” Industry Contract Officers Network Annual Meeting. Caltech University. Pasadena, CA. 16 Oct. 2012. Presentation.
“Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing.” University of California Intellectual Property Managers Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA. 2012. Presentation.
Granholm, Jennifer et al. “Creating Jobs through Investment in Renewable Energy and Clean Technology: A Proposal for Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu.” Washington, DC. 29 May 2012. Presentation.
“Reclaiming our Technological Posterity at the Intersection of Intellectual Property and Taxation: Uncovering how Patent Pools are Key to Recapturing the Benefits of Charitable IP Contributions,” American University Intellectual Property Brief (April 2011).
Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Freeing the Grid (2010).
Paul Herman, The Hip Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World (2009).
Collected Works. TAUG: To an Unknown God. University of California, Berkeley. Volumes 1-2. Original Poetry.