- Florida Atlantic University – B.S. Computer Science – Magna Cum Laude – December 2012
- Nova Southeastern University – Juris Doctor – Cum Laude – May 2011
- University of Florida – B.S. Journalism – May 2007
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- State of Florida
- Southern District of Florida
- Washington, D.C
ASSOCIATIONS & COMMITTEES
- Co-Editor for the Barrister, a Broward County Bar Association publication
- Member, Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board
- Member, Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee
- Member, Broward County Bar Association
Chris Traina was born and raised in Tampa before attending the University of Florida as a National Merit Scholar and earning a B.S. in Journalism. Chris always maintained an interest and aptitude for science and engineering as well, so while studying journalism he took various science and engineering courses. He wrote for The Florida Engineer, a magazine published by the University of Florida’s College of Engineering. As a journalist, he interviewed the university’s engineers and scientists and wrote on topics ranging from self-driving cars to particle accelerators.
He attended law school at Nova Southeastern University as a Goodwin scholar. While in law school, he discovered that patent law, which involves interviewing scientists and engineers, analyzing their ideas, then breaking them down and writing about their work, was a perfect fit for the skills he had developed and interests that fulfill him. While in law school he began his studies in computer science. After earning his juris doctor, with honors, Chris went on to earn an additional B.S. in Computer Science, with honors, from Florida Atlantic University in just four semesters.
Chris began his career as a patent attorney at Florida’s oldest intellectual property boutique, located in Miami, before leaving to form Garrity Traina, PLLC, a boutique commercial, franchise, and intellectual property firm. He prepared and successfully prosecuted utility and design patent applications for clients in industries including software, electronical components, fitness apparatuses, consumer goods, and cosmetics. He also successfully prepared and prosecuted trademark and trade dress applications, obtaining registrations for clients in a broad array of industries including electronics, consumer goods and textiles, fitness, optical clinics, and cosmetics.
Chris’s experience also includes counseling clients on issues including internet law, copyright, and DMCA, as well as litigating intellectual property matters in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts. He has also worked closely with franchise counsel to ensure proper implementation of trademark protection and compliance with the Federal Trademark Commissions rules.
Chris has been involved in his state and local bar associations, including as an editor of the Barrister, a monthly publication of the Broward County Bar Association, and as a member of Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board and Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee. He is also a former member of the board of directors of ArtServe, a South Florida art incubator, and served on the advisory board of Shine MSD, a not-for-profit formed in the wake of the Parkland shooting that seeks to heal the community, especially students, through the arts.
Chris has also always had a passion for teaching about intellectual property, and has been a guest lecturer for audiences including engineering students, law students, paralegals, and small business owners.
Outside of work, Chris is an avid Tampa Bay Lightning fan and loves spending time with his family, fishing, and cooking.