Practice Areas



  • Employee Recognition Award for performance as an IP Attorney, Pratt & Whitney


  • New York
    North Carolina
    Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


  • Judicial Intern for Judge Gifford S. Cappellini, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas


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Christine Wilkes Beninati

(404) 607-9991, ext. 6113

Christine Wilkes Beninati has been involved in intellectual property law for more than two decades- in-house with United Technologies Corporation, receiving enterprise-wide recognition for productivity and leadership, and in private practice- giving her a full business and legal perspective and enriching her counsel to clients, which include industry-leading multinationals involved in significant domestic and international corporate intellectual property activities. 

She has experience in a full range of intellectual property law matters, with a particular emphasis on domestic and international patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio development and management, opinions, client counseling and litigation assistance including preparing/reviewing complaints, drafting claim charts, claim construction analyses, Markman Hearings and handling Hatch-Waxman related matters such as Paragraph IV certifications. Christine has significant experience before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (PTAB) including numerous appeals, as well as having helped successfully navigate her client through a complex series of reexamination proceedings followed by post grant review (PGR) proceedings at the PTAB with concurrent patent litigation. She also has experience in agreement work including settlement, supply and non-disclosure agreements, and conducting due diligence investigations.

Her legal experience spans industries including metallurgical, chemical, mechanical and computer/electrical arts, and she has hands-on patent experience in many technologies, including: gas turbine engine technology such as superalloy compositions, thermal barrier coatings, composites, repair processes, airfoil design, single crystal and wing/pylon design; cosmetics such as kits and formulations; direct reduction of iron processes and systems; research tools; pharmaceutical formulations; thin films; textile products; batteries; food compositions; surface modification technology; automotive components; biodegradable prosthetic devices; power cables; hydrogen storage beds; chemical processes; polycarbonates; expansion joint systems, telecommunications and other electronic devices; and computer systems.

Experience Highlights

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2024-present
Partner, Clements Bernard Walker, 2020-2024
Counsel, Alston & Bird, 2019-2020
Counsel, Michaud-Kinney Group LLP, 2012-2019
Counsel, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2011-2012
Partner, Harrington & Smith LLP, 2003-2011
Associate, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, 1998-2003
Associate, Brooks Haidt Haffner & Delahunty, 1997-1998
Intellectual Property Attorney, United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney, 1994-1997
Patent Consultant, United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney, 1993

Professional Affiliations

  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, Member
  • Charlotte National Charity League, Founding Member
  • Carolinas Chapter of ChIPs, Founding Member & Member of Leadership Team
  • SEMI

Community/Civic Involvement

Charlotte National Charity League
Recipient of Award for the most Mother-Daughter philanthropy hours serving the community