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Aug 29, 2022

Chris Byrnes is a registered patent attorney at Calyx Law with a particular interest in ethical IP licensing and IP commoning.  After graduating with degrees in Physics and Religion from Denison University, he worked with academic institutions and human rights initiatives in South India and began doing art-based interfaith dialogues in the United States.  He then earned a Master's of Theological Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard Divinity School, and began organizing interfaith communities to improve access to medicines and environmental sustainability.  Though this work, he developed a deep interest in the politics and power of intellectual property and earned a JD from Georgetown University.  After years in private practice doing patent litigation and IP risk management, Chris co-founded Corporate Accountability Lab and Teaching Institute for Art + Law at Pro Arts Commons working with artists and activists from around the world.  He is an adjunct professor at IE University and a member of Chacruna's Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants.  

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