Christopher Sipes

  • Lecturer

Christopher Sipes is a partner in the Food and Drug and Intellectual Property practice groups in Covington & Burling's Washington, D.C., office.

Sipes is a federal court trial and appellate litigator whose practice focuses on pharmaceutical and life sciences matters. He has taken the lead in litigation involving all aspects of pharmaceutical litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act, including with FDA to obtain or uphold regulatory exclusivity, against generics to enforce the intellectual property rights of pioneers, and the defense of patent holders in antitrust actions brought by generics and direct and indirect purchasers alleging sham patent enforcement.

In addition, his practice includes Hatch-Waxman counseling and patent prosecution. Sipes' clients have included most of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers, including Abbott Laboratories; AstraZeneca; Eisai Co., Ltd.; Merck; Pfizer; Purdue Pharma; GlaxoSmithKline; Schering-Plough; and Wyeth, as well as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association trade association.

He was named among the National Law Journal's Top 40 Litigators Under 40. He received the Justice Department's Justice for Victims of Crime Award in 1995, for work on behalf of hate crime victims.



  • J.D.
    Harvard Law School
  • M.S.
    California Institute of Technology
  • A.B.
    Harvard University

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