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I am an intellectual property attorney. After receiving a Ph. D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University, I attended law school at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


I have held law firm and in-house positions in Phoenix, Houston, San Francisco, and Santa Clara.


I have been married for 29 years. My wife and I have two adult sons and have three, grade-school-aged, special needs daughters that we adopted from the foster system in California.


I have 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) and nutraceuticals, purified microbes, drugs, medical devices such as intravascular stents (and pharmaceutical and polymer coatings for those stents) and 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.


I have prepared patent and trademark validity and infringement opinions, clearance opinions, and trademark oppositions. I am experienced with conducting domain name dispute arbitrations and negotiating cybersquatting dispute settlements.


Admitted in Arizona, California, Texas, and at the USPTO.



Practice areas


  1. Patent Application: 50%
    18 years, 500 cases
  2. Life Sciences: 25%
    18 years
  3. Internet: 10%
    18 years
  4. Trademark Application: 10%
    18 years, 100 cases
  5. Copyright: 5%
    18 years



Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Joanne P Underhill

    I endorse this lawyer. He has significant expertise in intellectual property matters (patent, copyright and trademark issues), which reflects his past experience as a "big firm" attorney. But he is also friendly, down to earth and easy to work with. Charles has expanded his law practice to other areas in order to better serve his Arizona clients.


    Joanne Underhill Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Geoffrey H Fish

    I would recommend Chuck for any Patent related issue.


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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Runyan Law

8573 W. Runion Dr.
Peoria, AZ, 85382


AZActive 199803/29/2016
TXInactive 200107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Welch FellowRobert Welch Foundation1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Staff IP CounselCR Bard2013 - Present
OwnerRunyan Law2008 - Present
Senior Counsel PatentsAbbott Vascular2005 - 2008
Senior AssociateSquire Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.2003 - 2005
AttorneyExxonMobil Chemical Company2000 - 2003
AssociateGallagher & Kennedy, P.A.1998 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mortgage Modification FraudSettlement in favor of client covering client's out of pocket costs and all attorney's fees
Protecting Tenants at ForeclosureConvinced the lender to back off filing the eviction.
I Cloud Communications v. Apple, Inc.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Arizona Journal of International and Comparative LawINTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SAFETY NET: A New Law Clarifies an Online Service Provider’s Liability for Copyright Infringement1998
National Law JournalOutsourced Programs: Ownership Issues Arise1998
Early Transition Metal Clusters with ½-Donor LigandsHalide Supported Octahedral Clusters of Zirconium: Structural and Bonding Questions1995
Journal of the American Chemical SocietyExcising Hexanuclear Zirconium Clusters from Solids as a Route to Zirconium Cluster Solution Chemistry1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arizona College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Texas A&M UniversityChemistryPhD - Doctorate1994
Arizona State UniversityChemistryBS - Bachelor of Science1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AZBio Expo 2011Innovation and the U. S. Patent Office2011
Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2004: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment WritingPatent Interviews2004
Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2003: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment WritingPatent Interviews2003