Christine M. Hansen, Partner


Christine Hansen is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group. She focuses her practice on patenting complex life science and chemical technologies. She oversees large pharmaceutical patent portfolios in the biotech and small molecule areas. 

For more than 25 years, she has achieved successful outcomes for technology leaders by applying her in-depth understanding of the science and the law. Her practice includes counseling, patent prosecution, patent landscape analysis, due diligence, and freedom-to-operate opinions for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups and universities. Christine’s clients appreciate her commitment to their businesses and her creative solutions to their business needs. She developed a first-hand appreciation of the challenges global companies encounter from her years as legal patent counsel to European companies and working as in-house patent counsel at a French pharmaceutical company.

Christine comes to her patent work through a strong love of science. Aspects of her chemistry research as an undergraduate at Princeton were published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. As a Fulbright Scholar, Christine studied chemistry in Germany under the renowned professor Dr. Manfred Reetz.

Outside of the office, she has been an active leader and board member in Girl Scouts, including leading a troop at a Philadelphia homeless shelter, for which she received the shelter’s volunteer of the year award.

Representative Experience:

  • Extensive work with innovator pharmaceutical companies handling Orange Book submissions, patent term extensions, and other issues at the intersection of patent and FDA law
  • Extensive work in the agriculture industry on patent freedom-to-operate issues for genetically modified crops, plant gene vector technology, and on the patenting of novel plant genes
  • Drafting patent licensing agreements and joint research and development agreements, including agreements between universities or governmental entities and a private-sector partner
  • Management of U.S. patent portfolio for blockbuster cardiovascular and hypertension drugs
  • Relationship management for in-licensed hormone therapy patch including freedom-to-operate opinions on hormone patches
  • Freedom-to-operate opinions and patent prosecution for safety syringes for company’s largest selling product
  • Oversaw due diligence for major acquisition of technology for recombinant production in yeast of industrial chemicals

Admitted in Delaware and Indiana

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1992)
  • Universitaet Marburg (Fulbright Scholar, 1987)
  • Princeton University (B.A., 1986)
    • Major: Chemistry

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Indiana

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional and Civic Activities

  • S. Jay Plager Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, master
  • American Bar Association, member
    • Section of Intellectual Property Law, Patent System Planning Committee, vice chair, 2021-present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, member
    • Intellectual Property Section
    • Women and the Law Division

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Intellectual Property and Patent Law, 2019, 2020
  • IAM Patent 1000, Best-in-class listing of patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Lexology Client Choice Award of Intellectual Property – Patents, Delaware, 2017)
  • Patent Research Review, Named a Top Patent Prosecutor, 2011