Christian E. Schuster is an Intellectual Property attorney with a background in mechanical engineering. Chris handles all phases of intellectual property law. He focuses his practice on prosecution and protection of technology in various technical disciplines, with an emphasis in medical devices, mechanical equipment, and motorized vehicles. Chris earned an M.B.A. degree in addition to a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering before earning his J.D. degree. He retired as a Major from the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where he served as the Commander of the 911th Civil Engineer Squadron Detachment 1, the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 911th Airlift Wing, and as a Civil Engineer Officer, all at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station.
Prior to law school, Chris worked as a mechanical engineer in the private sector for which he contributed to and managed numerous large-scale industrial engineering projects. Chris has particular expertise counseling clients in pre-litigation matters including evaluating infringement issues, design-around strategies, and patent infringement and clearance, validity, state-of the art, and patentability searching and review.
Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1997 J.D.
University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz School of Business, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1992 MBA
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1988 B.S.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Professional Associations and Memberships
Allegheny County Bar Association
Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
American Intellectual Property Law Association
United States Reserve Officers Association
Past Employment Positions
Rust International Corporation, Mechanical Engineer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
MAN GHH Corporation, Mechanical Engineer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States Air Force Reserve, Major