After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, Chris Turk started his IP career as a Trademark Examining Attorney at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Arlington, VA. In 2000 Chris returned to his hometown of Philadelphia where he spent 5 years in the IP practice group at Blank Rome, engaged in a wide-range of IP matters. He then joined VF Corporation, a multibillion dollar apparel company and the owner of brands including The North Face, Lee, Wrangler, Timberland and others, and he subsequently became their chief trademark counsel. For 12 years while at VF Corp., Chris was responsible for licensing, IP clearance and prosecution, as well as anti-counterfeiting and enforcement. Since leaving VF in 2017, Chris has been providing consulting services to clients that require IP portfolio management, protection and enforcement assistance, as he seeks his next in-house challenge.