Charles Runyan (most people call him Chuck) was born in Norfolk, Virginia and lived in Jacksonville, Florida until his father retired from the Navy. Then Chuck's family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he attended Greenway High School. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Chemistry. He completed his PhD in Chemistry at Texas A&M and then his JD law degree at James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
He has held law firm and in-house positions at Bard/Becton Dixon in Tempe, Arizona, ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas, Squire Sanders & Dempsey (now Squire Patton Boggs) in San Francisco, California and Guidant/Abbott Labs in Santa Clara, California.
Chuck has been married for 34 years. He and his wife have two adult sons and one elementary-school-aged and three, high-school-aged, special needs daughters that they adopted from the foster system in California.
Chuck has prosecuted and drafted patent applications and managed the prosecution and drafting of hundreds of cases in diverse areas such as natural product pharmaceuticals (including anti-cancer compositions), nutraceuticals, purified microbes, drugs, medical devices such as intravascular stents (and pharmaceutical and polymer coatings for those stents), robotic automation for constructing intravascular stents, intraocular lens materials, semiconductor processing methods and equipment, medical/surgical equipment, software, and industrial scale polyolefin polymerization and polymerization catalysts.
He has prepared patent and trademark validity and infringement opinions, clearance opinions, and trademark oppositions. He is experienced with conducting domain name dispute arbitrations and negotiating cybersquatting dispute settlements.
Admitted in Arizona, California (inactive), Texas (inactive), and at the USPTO.