Christopher D. Bayne is a patent attorney in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution group, focusing on patent preparation and prosecution for domestic and international clients in technology areas including, for example, pharmaceuticals, chemical processes (large and small scale) and chemical products (fine chemicals, petrochemicals, agrochemicals), material technologies (polymers, glasses, metals, semiconductors, nanomaterials), additive manufacturing, energy technologies (battery, fuel cell, gas/steam turbine, nuclear), biotechnologies, petroleum technologies, cosmetics, pigments, medical devices.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Mr. Bayne practiced law as a general litigator in the State of Hawai`i. Mr. Bayne’s practice focused on complex civil litigation before federal, state and agency courts, with an emphasis on disputes involving contracts, government procurement, torts, health care, construction, land use and foreclosure. While attending law school, Mr. Bayne was a published member of the University of Hawai`i Law Review and he interned for two summers at the law firm of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP in Honolulu, Hawai`i.

Before attending law school, Mr. Bayne worked as a synthetic-organic (medicinal) chemist in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. Mr. Bayne’s industrial research involved the total synthesis and lead optimization of small-molecule therapeutics, including: (i) Muscarinic (M4) Agonists, as central nervous system therapeutics in the treatment of pain (antinocicepetion); (ii) Liver X Receptor (LXR) Agonists, as cardiovascular therapeutics in the treatment of atherosclerosis; and (ii) Lethal Factor (LF) inhibitors, as bio-defense agents designed to block immune cell-mediated fatality resulting from exposure to Anthrax. Mr. Bayne is a co-inventor of six issued United States patents relating to his industrial work.

Prior to working as an industrial chemist, Mr. Bayne completed his master’s studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There his research focused in the area of supramolecular chemistry, including the design and synthesis of self-complementary molecules capable of self-assembling into three-dimensional dimers. Mr. Bayne is also the co-author of several academic publications involving synthetic-organic methodology.

Mr. Bayne served in the United States Navy as a propulsion plant operator aboard an Ohio-class submarine.


  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i at Manoa (J.D.)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S.)
    • Organic Chemistry
  • California State University, Fullerton (B.S.)
    • Chemistry


  • Hawaii
  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia