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Greer, Burns & Crain, LTD. attorneys have diverse technical backgrounds in the mechanical, electrical, chemical and computer sciences, as well as other scientific areas. Our attorneys are talented and highly-motivated, and many have work experience within the industries in which our clients operate. Greer, Burns & Crain, LTD. attorneys combine knowledge and experience to provide our clients with top level service.

 

Many of our firm’s attorneys lecture at seminars, law schools, and bar association events on topics of interest to other attorneys in the field of intellectual property. In addition, our attorneys provide on-site presentations at clients’ facilities to educate their employees, including in-house legal, engineering, marketing, sales and management personnel, regarding the development and enforcement of strong intellectual property portfolios. Our goal is to assist our clients in obtaining the maximum benefit from their intellectual property.




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Patrick G. Burns Shareholder pburns@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.4001 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Litigation, trade-secrets, international-ip

Patrick G. Burns is a founding shareholder at Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago. The emphasis within his practice today is patent prosecution and opinions.

 

An accomplished intellectual property attorney in the United States, Mr. Burns has handled litigation involving a variety of intellectual property disputes in the Federal Circuit, Federal District Courts, and the International Trade Commission.

 

Mr. Burns is a prolific author and lecturer on intellectual property rights, and has taught in a seminar for the Patent Resources Group entitled “’Designing Around’ Valid U.S. Patents” since 1994.

 

All aspects of patent infringement are addressed in “’Designing Around’ Valid U.S. Patents” including opinion preparation, claim interpretation, the doctrine of equivalents, the doctrine of prosecution history estoppel, legitimate design-around activities, and techniques for avoiding legitimate design-arounds.

 

Mr. Burns is active within the IP legal community. He is a past President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, has served on its Board of Managers, and was Chairman of its Computer Technology Committee. In addition, Mr. Burns is a past Chairman of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, and has been involved in bar association activities throughout his career.

 

Mr. Burns was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law from 2006-2013.  He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Chicago-Kent IP Law Society in 2009 and an Alumni of Distinction Award in 2013.  Now he is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Law and serves on the Advisory Board of BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal.

 

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell since 1984, Mr. Burns was named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine and a Leading Lawyer by the Chicago Law Bulletin.  Mr. Burns received a B.S. Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1972 and a J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1978.

 

 Experience

  • Thirty-five years of patent, trademark and copyright prosecution
  • Opinions on patent infringement, validity and enforceability
  • Patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation in the State and Federal Courts, and in the International Trade Commission
  • Expert Witness in Federal Court Litigation


Professional Activities

  • Adjunct Professor, DePaul University College of Law, 2013-
  • Adjunct Professor, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2006-2013
  • Lecturer, Patent Resources Group, 1987 -
  • Lecturer, U.S. Patent Practice, Japan Intellectual Property Association, 2001 -
  • Judge, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the International Trademark Association
  • Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2012-2013: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting and Amendment Writing
  • Member of the Advisory Board of BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal
  • President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, 2009
  • Board of Managers of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, 1997
  • Chairman of the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, 1995


Awards

  • 2013 Alumni of Distinction Award, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, Chicago-Kent IP Law Society
  • Named to Leading Lawyer’s Network by Chicago Law Bulletin
  • Named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine


Major Publications

  • Contributing author of ‘Designing Around’ Valid U.S. Patents, published by the Patent Resources Group
  • Contributing author of Electronics & Computer Patent & Copyright Practice, published by the Patent Resources Group
  • Contributing author of Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit, published by Thomson West (2006-2008)
  • Counsel of Record for Amicus The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago in KSR Int’l. Co. v Telefelx et al., No. 04-1350 (Supreme Court of the United States) (October 2006)DOWNLOAD .PDF
  • Counsel of Record for The Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago in Maersk Drilling USA, Inc. v. Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc., No. 13-43 (2013) (Supreme Court of the United States) DOWNLOAD .PDF

 

Additional Publications and Speeches

  • Tips for Drafting Claims Fully Covering Standards (Korea, Japan) (2012-2013)
  • Ethics Violations in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    Presented to the Bay Area In-house Med-Tech Association, Menlo Park, CA (April 2013)
  • A Simpler Approach to Claim Construction

   BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, 77 PTCJ 717 (April 2009)

  • In The Wake: The PTO Guidelines On KSR
    Landslide Vol. 1, No. 3; Publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (January/February 2009)
  • Effective Patent Prosecution Techniques: Drafting and Amending Patent Claims In Preparation for Litigation
    1st Annual Intellectual Property Institute, IICLE, Chicago, Illinois (2008) DOWNLOAD .PDF 
  • In Re: Bilski
    Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois (September 2008) DOWNLOAD .PDF 
  • Changes For The Patent Prosecutor: The Guidelines On KSR And Recent Trends In The Written Description And Enablement Requirements
    52nd Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois (2008)
  • Drafting Instructions For U.S. Counsel
    Chicago, Illinois (2007) DOWNLOAD .PDF
  • Understanding Patent Infringement Opinions And The Scope Of Patent Protection
    IP Seminar of Tai E International Patent & Law Office, Taiwan (November 2006)
    DOWNLOAD .PDF
  • Examination Guidelines for Determining Obviousness under 35 U.S.C. Section 103 in view of the Supreme Court decision in KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. (2007)
  • Willfulness in Patent Litigation
    Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago – The John Marshall Law School (April 2007)
  • The Pros And Cons Of Using Means Plus Function Language In U.S. Patent Claims
    (January 2006) DOWNLOAD .PDF
  • Recent Developments In U.S. And Japan Patent Law
    Japan (March 2005) DOWNLOAD .PDF
  • What Controls Claim Interpretation, the Dictionary or the Specification?
    Japan (November 2003)
  • Advising Clients on Designing Around in Today’s Ever-Changing World
    40th Annual Program on Intellectual Property Law, The Center for American and International Law, Dallas, TX (November 2002)
  • Applying Prosecution History Estoppel after the Supreme Court’s Decision in Festo
    Chicago Bar Association, (June 2002)
  • Non-Infringement And Invalidity Opinions
    Greer, Burns & Crain in-house Seminar (February 2002) DOWNLOAD .PDF
  • Simplifying / Clarifying The Equivalents Analysis Through Legislation
    Colorado Bar Association (2000) DOWNLOAD .PDF
  • The Scope of Protection for Software
    Japan (November/December 1999)
  • Drafting Better Specifications and Claims in Light of Recent Federal Circuit Decisions
    Japan (November 1999)
  • Preparing U.S. Software Patent Applications for Later Filing in Foreign Countries, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago – The John Marshall Law School (May 1999)
  • When Can No Reasonable Jury Find Patent Infringement Under The Doctrine Of Equivalents?
    AIPPI (Japan 1999) DOWNLOAD .PDF
  • Translating and Understanding Patentability Opinions
    LES Annual Meeting, Miami, Florida (1998) DOWNLOAD .PDF
  • The Importance of Defining the Inventive Concept in U.S. Patent Claims
    Japan (October 1997)
  • How to Obtain Broad Patent Protection in View of Most Recent CAFC Decisions
    41st Annual Conference on Developments in Intellectual Property Law – The John Marshall Law School (February 1997)
  • Patent Infringement and Patent Prosecution in the U.S.
    AIPPI, Japan (February 1996)
  • Broader Protection For Process Patent Owners Can Create Problems For The Unwary
    Welsh & Katz, Chicago, Illinois, Newsletter Vol. 5, No. 1 (1988-89)


Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Example Technical Fields

  • Animal Feeding Systems
  • Computer Systems and Circuits
  • Construction Tools
  • Electric Hair Trimmers and Attachments
  • Home Appliances
  • Liquid Crystal Displays
  • Luggage
  • Magnetic and Optical Disk Drives
  • Machine Tools
  • Nuclear Waste Disposal Systems
  • Photographic Equipment
  • Piezoelectric Devices
  • Plasma Display Devices
  • Polymer Activation Systems for Waste Water Treatment
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Solar Energy Systems
  • Telecommunication Systems
Lawrence J. Crain Shareholder lcrain@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.4002 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, international-ip

Lawrence Crain is a founding shareholder at Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago, and is an attorney with unusually extensive experience counseling clients on the most efficient strategies and techniques for protecting their intellectual property.

 

Larry assists GBC clients in obtaining patents — including provisional, non-provisional, design and utility — in the United States, as well as countries throughout the world. He also advises clients on all aspects of trademark law including word marks, designs or logos, and composite marks.

 

In more than 25 years practicing intellectual property law, Larry has obtained over 400 U.S. patents, and many more foreign counterparts.

 

GBC clients with international intellectual property portfolios and business interests benefit from the close contacts Larry has developed with patent and trademark associates around the world who provide GBC-style personal service.

 

Among Larry’s international recognitions is his appointment as Queen’s Counsel by the Government of Canada.

 

GBC clients asserting or defending intellectual property infringement allegations have consistently benefited from Larry’s experience in negotiation, licensing, and when necessary, litigation.

 

Larry’s achievements in IP law are exemplified by his repeated designation as Illinois Super Lawyer; his role as a Founding Member of the Richard Linn Inn of Court; and as a long-time Member of the Board of the Center For Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology at DePaul University College of Law.

 

Larry was holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

 

Experience

  • Worldwide patent prosecution
  • Worldwide trademark prosecution
  • Patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation
  • Opinions on patent infringement, validity and enforceability
  • Licensing
  • Lecturer at John Marshall Law School, Chicago Bar Association
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Government of Canada
  • Named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine
  • Founding Member, Richard Linn Inn of Court
  • Member of the Board, The Center For Intellectual Property Law And Information Technology (CIPLIT), DePaul University College Of Law

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the State of Wisconsin
  • Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Barbecues
  • Bicycle Accessories
  • Biological Specimen Testing Technology
  • Compressors
  • Container Closures
  • Coronary Catheters
  • Diving Equipment
  • Document Reproduction and Handling Equipment
  • Fasteners
  • Firearms
  • Hair Clippers and Trimmers
  • Hair Dryers
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Holograms
  • Insect Traps
  • Locomotives
  • Metal Alloys
  • Mining Equipment
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Outboard Marine Engines
  • Outboard Heaters
  • Packaging Equipment and Packaging
  • Power Tools
  • Power Transmission Devices
  • Railway Maintenance Equipment
  • Respiratory Therapy Devices
  • Solar Energy Technology
  • Sterling Engines
  • Turf Care Equipment
  • Wallboard Compositions and Manufacturing Techniques
  • Wallboard Finishing Tools
  • Water Purification Equipment and Procedures
Steven P. Fallon Shareholder sfallon@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.4004 Patents, Trademarks, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, international-ip

Steven P. Fallon is a shareholder with Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago, and has been with the firm since it was founded in 1994.

 

Steve’s practice and experience in intellectual property law ranges from advising on early stage technology through procurement, avoidance, end-stage licensing and enforcement of IP rights.

 

He has extensive experience in domestic and foreign patent and trademark prosecution and has enforced and defended patents, trademarks, trade dress, and trade secrets, including winning concessions, settlements and jury verdicts for GBC clients.

 

Steve has developed intellectual property programs for start-ups and universities and has protected later stage commercial products for small, medium and large companies. He has advised clients on right-to-use and clearance issues and has negotiated licenses, and conducted mediations and arbitrations. Steve has expert witness qualifications for U.S. patent prosecution procedures. Patents written by Steve have been licensed, enforced and sold.

 

Perspective gained through Steve’s extensive and broad experiences in intellectual property law provides him a unique understanding of the strategic implications of decisions made at each stage of intellectual property evaluation, procurement and enforcement.

 

Steve obtained a seven figure intellectual property settlement on behalf of a GBC client and has successfully defended other GBC clients from seven figure damage claims in litigation. He has conducted many successful appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, has successfully conducted ex-parte and inter parte re-examination proceedings, and has won trademark appeals and trademark oppositions.

 

Steve received a J.D. with High Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1995 where he was a member of the Law Review, was a recipient of the Ramsey-Burke scholarship, and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, Steve received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1989 from Southern Illinois University.

 

Steve is a former patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, having served in the image analysis art.

 

Steve has been active in the local and national IP legal community and is the past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Patent, Trademark and Copyright Committee.

 

Steve has given seminars at Licensing Executive Society Meetings, at Universities and at Bar Associations on topics ranging from IP Basics for General Practitioners to the Non-Enacted Patent Reform Act of 2009 and the American Invents Act of 2011, and has provided instruction on drafting patent claims for the Patent Resources Group.

 

Experience

  • U.S. and foreign patent and trademark prosecution
  • University technology transfer and licensing
  • Patent appeals, US and foreign
  • Patent re-examinations and interferences
  • Trademark appeals, oppositions and interferences, US and foreign
  • First chair federal and state jury bench trials, Markman hearings, appeals, injunction hearings
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration
  • Trade Secret counseling and defense
  • Licensing
  • Trade Dress counseling, enforcement and defense
  • Infringement and validity opinions and evaluations

 

Bar Memberships

  • U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

 

Professional Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
  • Association of University Technology Managers

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Biological and chemical sensors
  • Lighting and lighting control systems
  • Internet based business methods and software
  • Integrated circuit floor plan layout, design and evaluation
  • Microcavity plasma devices, displays and systems
  • Nuclear medicine
Paul G. Juettner Shareholder pjuettner@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.4008 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Anti-Counterfeiting, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, trade-secrets, international-ip, internet-domain-name-disputes

Paul G. Juettner is a shareholder with Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago, and is an intellectual property attorney with three decades of experience in all aspects of trademark, patent and copyright protection and enforcement.

 

Paul focuses his efforts primarily on international intellectual property portfolio creation and management, and he has consistently helped GBC clients grow their businesses and their IP portfolios domestically and internationally.

 

Paul’s practice at GBC covers the full range of intellectual property legal services including registering, maintaining and protecting trademarks, domain names, designs, inventions and copyrightable works, worldwide; intellectual property due diligence studies and audits; license, joint development and other intellectual property agreements; opinions; trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings; internet enforcement actions; intellectual property litigation in the federal courts throughout the country; and alternative dispute resolution.

 

Paul began his career as a civil engineer with Harza Engineering, having earned a civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois.

 

In 1981, Paul was awarded a Juris Doctor degree with High Honors from the Chicago Kent College of Law. Later that year he was admitted to practice law in Illinois and became a registered Patent Attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

 

For 20 years Paul practiced all aspects of intellectual property law with his father, Thomas R. Juettner, at their firm Juettner, Pyle and Piontek, where Paul was the managing partner. In 2000 the Juettners joined GBC.

 

Paul is active in the Illinois Bar, IP law associations both in Chicago and internationally, and within the community.

 

He is an active member of the International Trademark Association where he serves on the INTA Panel of Trademark Mediators. Paul is also a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (Secretary 2003-2004 and Board of Managers 2001-2003) and the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition.

 

Paul served on the National Committee of St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, 2009-2014.

 

He also co-chaired the Parish Council and building committee at St. Mary of the Woods parish in Chicago.

 

He is an avid fan of baseball, barbeque and blues music.

 

Experience

  • Intellectual property portfolio management, including trademark, design and patent prosecution worldwide
  • Due diligence reviews and intellectual property audits
  • Intellectual property license, acquisition, joint development, non-disclosure and other agreements
  • Patent and trademark infringement and validity opinions; patent design around studies
  • Anti-counterfeiting and online intellectual property enforcement
  • Trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Patent, design, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition litigation in the federal courts
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for Colorado
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Footwear Design and Technology
  • Apparel and Textiles
  • Pulp, Papermaking, Coating and Calendering
  • Containers and Packaging
  • Concrete Construction and Landscape Products
  • Civil Engineering Systems and Products
  • Filters and Evaporative Media
Kevin W. Guynn Shareholder kguynn@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2917 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, trade-secrets

Experience

  • Worldwide patent and trademark prosecution
  • Patent appeals
  • Patent re-examinations, reissues and interferences
  • Trademark appeals, oppositions and interferences
  • Opinions of patent infringement, validity and enforceability
  • Trademark counseling and defense
  • Trade Secret counseling and defense
  • Trade Dress counseling, enforcement and defense
  • Patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition and contract litigation in Federal Courts
  • Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration
  • Licensing
  • Selected as a 2004 Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law

 

Bar Memberships

  • U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and other District Courts
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Eleventh Circuit

 

Professional Associations

  • International Trademark Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Air Conditioners
  • Aircraft and components
  • Automotive Oil Filters
  • Bagel Formers
  • Bolt Heaters
  • Cement Manufacturing Kilns
  • Chemical Dosing Equipment
  • Concrete Forms
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Door Closers
  • Dough Rounders
  • Electrical Distributors
  • Fasteners
  • Glass Melting Furnaces
  • Induction Heaters
  • Internet based business methods and software
  • Kitchen and Laundry Appliances
  • Material Crushing Equipment
  • Measuring Tools
  • Micro Particle Identification Tags
  • Panic Exit Devices
  • Pizza and Tortilla presses
  • Preforms for Plastic Molded Items
  • Pumps
  • Shotgun Accessories
  • Valves
  • Wheelbarrows
Amy Ziegler Shareholder aziegler@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2926 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, internet-domain-name-disputes

Amy Ziegler is a shareholder with Greer Burns & Crain in Chicago. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, Internet and technology law.

 

Ms. Ziegler manages global trademark portfolios for a variety of businesses, including companies in the software, data, manufacturing, luxury and consumer goods industries. She routinely handles high-profile trademark, anti-counterfeiting, patent and copyright enforcement matters, and also manages a substantial domestic and foreign trademark opposition and cancellation docket.

 

Ms. Ziegler is highly experienced in negotiating and drafting license agreements that deal with the use of intellectual property rights, including software licenses.

 

She also drafts and advises on website and software terms of use; privacy policies; joint development agreements; settlement agreements; coexistence agreements; nondisclosure agreements; security agreements; work-for-hire and independent contractor agreements; indemnification agreements and intellectual property transfers.

 

As a result of her ample experience managing and protecting IP, she is frequently consulted regarding the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

 

Ms. Ziegler’s technical focus lies primarily in the areas of optics, electrical and mechanical devices, and computer software. She has patent prosecution and litigation experience in these areas, including work on fuel cell systems, medical devices, micro- and nano-technology, laser and scanning technology, e-commerce technology, coated fabrics, firefighting equipment and advanced communication systems.

 

Ms. Ziegler received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a J.D. (with honors) from DePaul University.

 

Prior to attending law school, she operated a superconducting linear accelerator at Argonne National Laboratory and conducted fiber optic research.

 

She has been named one of “The Top Women Attorneys in Illinois” by Chicago Magazine, a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation, and DePaul University College of Law’s 2011 Outstanding Young Alumna.

 

Experience

  • Worldwide trademark prosecution and brand management
  • Patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition litigation in Federal Courts
  • Trademark Opposition and Cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Trademark, copyright and patent enforcement
  • Licensing and joint development agreements
  • Domain name proceedings
  • Internet brand enforcement
  • Website and software terms of use and privacy policies
  • Settlement negotiation and coexistence agreements
  • Nondisclosure, work-for-hire and independent contractor agreements
  • Intellectual property asset transfer
  • Intellectual property security agreements

 

Bar Memberships

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Local Patent Rules Committee Member, 2012
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), Board Member (2005-2007), Chair, Women in IP Committee (2004-2005), Vice Chair, Women in IP Committee (2003-2004); Founder, Women in IP Committee Annual Federal Judicial Panel
  • The Richard Linn American Inn of Court, Vice Chair of Pupilage Group (2008-2010, 2011-2014)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Anti-Counterfeiting Committee Member (2012-2014), Midwest Chair, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (2007-2009), Committee Member (2003-2011)
  • Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society
  • National Youth Science Camp Alumni Association (NYSCAA)

 

Civic and Charitable

  • Pro Bono Counsel for Bleeding Disorders Alliance Illinois f/k/a the Hemophilia Foundation of Illinois (2010-2014)
  • Pro Bono Counsel for Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization (2006-2011)
  • Volunteer Math and Science Tutor, Metro Achievement Center for Girls (2003-2008)

 

Publications

  • Co-author, “Patenting Cloning and Stem Cell Technology: Controversy and Comparison in the United States and Europe,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, April 2005, at 1
  • Interview, Chicago Lawyer, December 2004, at 20
  • Co-author, “Battling Piracy in the EU: Is the EU following the US lead in cracking down on piracy?” The Patent Lawyer, Spring 2004, at 18
  • Co-author, “Status Report on European Directive,” National Law Journal, December 8, 2003, at S1
  • Contributor, Federal Circuit Review of Markman Issues, 2002 (Edward D. Manzo ed., IPLAC 2003)
  • Co-author, “A Brighter Future for Protecting Computer Software in Europe,” Global eCommerce Law and Business Report, March 2002, at 1
  • Contributor, Federal Circuit Review of Markman Issues, 2001 (Edward D. Manzo ed., IPLAC 2002)
  • Co-author, “Polarization Control of a Q-Switched, Diode-Pumped, Nd:YAG Laser,” 34 Applied Optics, at 4256 (1995)

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Manufacturing
  • Computer Software and Data
  • Consumer Goods
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Financial Services
  • Industrial Supply
  • Fuel Cell Systems
  • Medical Devices
  • Laser and Scanning Technology
  • Micro and Nano-technology
  • Product Packaging
  • Printing Technology
  • Firefighting Equipment
  • Coated Fabrics
  • Communication Systems
  • E-commerce Technology
Justin R. Gaudio Shareholder jgaudio@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2922 Patents, Trademarks, Anti-Counterfeiting, Litigation, international-ip, internet-domain-name-disputes

Justin Gaudio is a shareholder with Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago. His legal practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law including patents and trademarks, with significant experience and emphasis on Internet and technology law.

 

Mr. Gaudio regularly handles matters related to developing and implementing programs to combat online counterfeiting and infringement.  His technical background has enabled GBC to develop effective and efficient online enforcement solutions.  As a result, GBC has seized tens of thousands of counterfeit domains, millions of dollars in assets and amassed over $2 billion in judgments.

 

News Regarding Counterfeit Website Enforcement Successes

 

As a result of his responsibilities related to GBC’s online brand protection efforts, Mr. Gaudio is highly experienced in all types of internet website and domain name disputes.

 

He has represented clients in numerous trademark infringement and Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) litigation in U.S. Federal Courts that have resulted in multimillion dollar judgments against infringers and thousands of domains names being transferred to clients.  He has also handled domain name dispute arbitration actions in jurisdictions around the world (UDRP, Nominet, and others). Mr. Gaudio also has significant IP enforcement experience removing infringing content from Internet search engines and social media networks.

 

Mr. Gaudio has worked numerous times with law enforcement and customs authorities internationally to protect GBC clients’ brands. His efforts overseeing hundreds of investigations and raids in the Unites States, China, and Europe have resulted in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit products.

 

Mr. Gaudio’s experience with patents includes litigation, drafting and prosecuting patent applications as well as preparing opinions on infringement, invalidity, and due diligence.

 

He has prosecuted patents and provided counseling to clients in diverse technical areas, including networking and data communications, computer software, footwear and apparel, heavy duty vehicles, wallboard manufacturing, power tools and railway maintenance equipment.

 

Mr. Gaudio received his law degree from DePaul University. Prior to law school he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and minor in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati.

 

Prior to joining GBC Mr. Gaudio worked at General Electric Aircraft Engines as an Engineering co-op and a law firm specializing in aviation related litigation.

 

Publications & Lectures

  • Presenter, “Top Issues In Anti-Counterfeiting Law,” IPLAC IP Law Symposium, November 2, 2012
  • Panelist, “Effective, Efficient…Enforcement Against Counterfeit Websites,” IACC Fall 2012 Conference
  • Quoted, “Counterfeit Battles Heat Up On Web,” The National Law Journal, June 11, 2012
  • Presenter, “Online Branding Scams,” Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) Event, April 17, 2012
  • Presenter, “Recent Developments in IP and Internet Law,” Greer, Burns & Crain CLE Event, April 16, 20111

 

Memberships & Affiliations

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) – Internet and Advertising Committee Chair 2012

 

Experience

  • Patent Litigation
  • US and Foreign Patent Prosecution
  • Opinions on Patent Infringement, Validity and Enforceability
  • Client counseling for Licensing and Portfolio Development
  • Trademark and Trade Dress Litigation
  • US and Foreign Trademark Registration
  • Opinions on Trademark Infringement, Validity and Enforceability
  • Trademark Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings
  • Worldwide Brand Protection Counseling for Combating Domestic and Off-Shore Infringers and Counterfeiters
  • Internet Copyright and Trademark Enforcement including Removal of Infringing Links from Search Engines and Counterfeit Website Shut Downs
  • Domain Name Acquisition, Protection and Disputes including Uniform Domain
  • Name Dispute Resolution (UDRP) Actions
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Take Down Notice Drafting and Defense
  • Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) Litigation

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Internet Technologies including Search Engines and Web Hosting
  • Computer Systems and Peripherals
  • Computer Software
  • Networking and Data Communications
  • Wireless Communications
  • Database Systems
  • Video Conferencing systems and software
  • Liquid Crystal Displays
  • Valves
  • Power Tools
  • Railway Maintenance Equipment
  • Wallboard Compositions and Manufacturing Techniques
  • Water Purification Equipment and Procedures
  • Footwear
  • Hair Clippers and Trimmers
  • Disk Brake Pads
James K. Folker Partner jfolker@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.4005 Patents, Trademarks, Litigation

James K. Folker is a partner with GBC Chicago, and has been with the firm since about a year after it was founded. His intellectual property law practice focuses on patent prosecution, including drafting new patent applications and prosecuting applications originating in foreign countries.

 

During his career, Jim has prosecuted hundreds of patents in a variety of technical fields such as liquid crystal display (LCD) devices, magnetic disc drives, optical disk drives, magnetic and optical recording media, power tools, fluid valves and medical devices, including orthopedic implants and surgical tools.

 

Jim has also argued, and won, numerous oral arguments in front of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences at the Patent and Trademark Office, and has worked on several interferences. In addition, he regularly provides opinions on patentability and infringement issues.

 

Prior to joining GBC, Jim spent more than three years employed as a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). His experience as a former Examiner has aided him greatly while interacting with the Examiners in charge of applications that he is prosecuting, as it has given him an insider’s view of the examination process.

 

Jim received a J.D., with Honors, from the Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.

 

Prior to law school, Jim earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering of Rutgers University, and worked as a Project Engineer with a major manufacturer of consumer products.

 

Experience

  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Appeals with the Board of Appeals and Interferences
  • Opinions on Patent Infringement, Validity, and Enforceability
  • Patent Examiner – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

 

Publications

  • Author, A Legislative Proposal to Clarify and Simplify Patent Infringement Analysis under the Doctrine of Equivalents, The Federal Circuit Bar Journal, Fall 1996

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Computer Devices
  • Liquid Crystal Display Devices
  • Plasma Screen Display Devices
  • Magnetic Disk Drives and Media
  • Optical Disk Drives and Media
  • Fasteners
  • Medical Devices
  • Wireless Communications Equipment
  • Fluid Valves
  • Power Tools
  • Electric Shavers and Hair Trimmers
  • Thermoform Packaging
  • Water Purification Equipment
  • Railroad Maintenance Equipment
B. Joe Kim Partner jkim@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2910 Patents, Trademarks, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, international-ip

B. Joe Kim is a partner with Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago. His practice focuses on intellectual property law, particularly domestic and foreign patent and trademark prosecution. Mr. Kim has prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and foreign patents in technical areas such as computer disk devices, LCD panels, computer network devices and software, pneumatic tires and power tools.

 

He has extensive experience writing opinions on patent infringement, validity and patentability, and trademark infringement, and has negotiated substantial settlements relating to patents and trademarks. Mr. Kim has litigated a variety of intellectual property disputes in the federal district courts, and has conducted many successful appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

 

Mr. Kim received a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Kim worked as an electrical engineer in the nuclear power industry, and served in the U.S. Army before attending college.

 

Mr. Kim has been active in many professional legal organizations within Chicago, nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, has served on the Board of Directors for the Korean-American Bar Association of Chicago, and is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the International Association of Korean Lawyers.

 

Experience

  • U.S. and foreign patent and trademark prosecution
  • Patent appeals
  • Opinions on patent infringement, validity and patentability
  • Trademark oppositions
  • Patent and trademark litigation
  • Engineer with a nuclear power plant consulting firm
  • U.S. Army

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Korean-American Bar Association

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Coffee Roasters
  • Computer Disk Storage Devices
  • Computer Peripheral Server Devices
  • Computer System and Circuits
  • Control Network Protocols
  • Counter-Top Electric Ovens
  • Diving Equipment
  • Electric Motors
  • Electronic Information Delivery Systems and Devices
  • Fasteners
  • Hats
  • High Voltage Capacitors
  • HVAC Control Systems
  • LCD Panels
  • Magnetic Disk Drives
  • Matrix Isolation Analysis Equipment
  • Network Devices
  • Optical Disk Drives
  • Personal Care Appliances
  • Power Supply for Power Tools
  • Railway Maintenance Equipment
  • Rotary Power Tools
  • Semiconductor Devices
  • Telecommunications Systems and Devices
  • TFT Devices
  • TV Monitoring Devices
Laura R. Wanek Partner lwanek@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.4003 Patents, Trademarks, international-ip

Laura R. Wanek is a partner with Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago. Laura’s legal practice is devoted to intellectual property counseling related to both patents and trademarks.

 

Laura has experience with patent prosecution in the U.S. and worldwide, and has managed patent portfolios of both large and small GBC clients. Her experience encompasses drafting and prosecuting patent applications in various mechanical areas, as well as preparing opinions on infringement, invalidity, and due diligence.

 

Laura has prosecuted patents and provided IP counseling to GBC clients in a diverse range of technical areas, including footwear and apparel, heavy duty vehicles, wallboard manufacturing, power tools, railway maintenance equipment, and preformed building panels.

 

From creation to enforcement, Laura has substantial experience with the management of trademark portfolios. She counsels GBC clients regarding trademark prosecution, handles proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and manages opposition and cancellation proceedings before various trademark tribunals worldwide. Her responsibilities at GBC include managing the trademark portfolios of several well-known international marks.

 

Laura received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Prior to attending law school she received a Bachelor of Science in Civil-Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and subsequently conducted flood analyses and inspected dams for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

 

Laura has been involved in various professional societies and has served on the Board of Managers for the Intellectual Property Association of Chicago (IPLAC), as well as chaired the Women in Intellectual Property Committee of IPLAC.

 

She has been recognized in Chicago Lawyers Magazine for her work in the field of intellectual property and was honored as a “Rising Star” by the Illinois Super Lawyers.

 

Experience

  • U.S. and Foreign Patent Prosecution
  • Opinions on Patent Infringement, Validity, and Enforceability
  • U.S. and Foreign Trademark Prosecution
  • Trademark Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings

 

Bar Memberships

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (previous member of the Board of Managers, Chair and Vice-Chair of Women in Intellectual Property Committee)
  • International Trademark Association

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Apparel and Footwear
  • Automotive Components
  • Hair Trimmers, Stands and Attachments
  • Wallboard Manufacturing Techniques
  • Magnetic Computer Disk Drives
  • Fuel Valves
  • Power Tools
  • Railway Maintenance Equipment
  • Preformed Building Panels
  • Fasteners
Christopher Hermanson Partner chermanson@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2920 Patents, Trademarks, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, international-ip, internet-domain-name-disputes

Christopher Hermanson is a partner with Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago. His IP practice is concentrated on patent and trademark law.

 

Mr. Hermanson is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has extensive patent prosecution experience in mechanical, electro-mechanical, business method, communication and internet related technologies across a variety industries.

 

He has drafted complex intellectual property agreements and licenses, and has conducted patent infringement and product clearance studies.

 

Mr. Hermanson has structured transactions involving the sale and transfer of intellectual property, and uses his vast experience in intellectual property law to manage global intellectual property portfolios for a variety of companies.

 

Mr. Hermanson also handles intellectual property enforcement matters including patent infringement, trademark infringement and foreign and domestic trademark opposition proceedings, and has drafted appeal briefs for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Hermanson received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

 

Prior to receiving his law degree, Mr. Hermanson was awarded a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a senior engineer with URS Greiner where he evaluated industrial facilities for compliance with environmental regulations.

 

His team re-designed and modified plant processes to meet environmental standards and decrease operating costs. He also developed and implemented compliance programs, negotiated regulatory and permit conditions with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and prepared regulatory documents for submission to the EPA.

 

Mr. Hermanson is active in the Chicago intellectual property legal community. He has been a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago since 1999 and has served on its U.S. Patent Committee as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson.

 

He is also active in the community as a volunteer at the Big Brother / Big Sister Program of DuPage County; a volunteer at the Cystic-Fibrosis Foundation of Chicago; a volunteer at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois; and as a Manager and Coach in the Glen Ellyn Youth Baseball and Softball programs.

 

Experience

  • U.S. Patent Prosecution
  • U.S. Trademark Prosecution
  • Litigation
  • Patentability and Clearance Opinions
  • Patent License Agreements
  • Patent Sale Agreements

 

Publications

  • Author, “Supreme Court Weighs in on Key Patent Standard”, IPLAC Intellectual Property Report, Spring 2007

 

Professional Activities

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago Member (1999 – Present)
  • U.S. Patent Committee Chairperson (May 2007 – May 2008)
  • U.S. Patent Committee Vice Chairperson (May 2005 – May 2006)
  • Membership Committee Chairperson (May 2003 – May 2005)

 

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Big Brother/Big Sister Program, DuPage County, Illinois
  • Cystic-Fibrosis Foundation Volunteer, Chicago, Illinois
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Volunteer, Illinois
  • Glen Ellyn Youth Baseball Manager / Coach, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Manufacturing
  • Computer Software and Data
  • Consumer Goods
  • Power Tools
  • Medical Devices
  • Financial Services
  • Building Materials
  • Fuel Cell Systems
  • Industrial Valves
  • Laser and Scanning Technology
  • Product Packaging
  • Printing Technology
  • Coating Systems
  • Coated Materials
  • Communication Systems
  • Fluid Flow Metering Systems
  • Lighting Systems
Patricia Prior Partner pprior@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2921 Patents, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, international-ip

Patricia Prior is a partner with Greer Burns & Crain in Chicago.

 

Her intellectual property law practice focuses on patent prosecution in the US and foreign countries. She is highly experienced in preparing patentability, validity, clearance, and infringement opinions, and client counseling in various intellectual property law matters with a concentration in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, and mechanical devices.

 

Ms. Prior has been a lecturer for Patent Resources Group’s “‘Designing Around’ Valid US Patents” course since 2000.

 

She is a former adjunct professor at the Ohio State University College of Law, New York University School of Law, and Capital University Law School in Patent Law, Patent Prosecution, and Patent Litigation.

 

Ms. Prior received a J.D. (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif) from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1986.

 

She clerked for the Hon. Edward S. Smith at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from 1986-1988.

 

Ms. Prior received an LL.M in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law in 1998.

 

Before that, she received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1981. She worked as a research engineer for a multinational company for several years before attending law school.

 

Ms. Prior is a member of the American Bar Association; the American Intellectual Property Law Association; and the Columbus, Ohio, Intellectual Property Law Association.

 

Bar Memberships

  • State of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

 

Professional Associations

  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member of the Columbus Ohio Intellectual Property Law Association

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Polymers and Polymer Composites
  • Ceramic Coatings
  • Barrier Coatings
  • Corrosion Inhibiting Coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Catalysts
  • Permanent Magnets
  • Nanofiber Technology
  • Fuel Cells
  • Lithium Battery Technology
  • Spray Equipment
  • Medical Devices
  • Ambulance Cots
  • Blown Film Dies
Dr. E. Kate Berezutskaya Partner kberezutskaya@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2916 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Litigation, trade-secrets, international-ip, internet-domain-name-disputes

Dr. Kate Berezutskaya is a partner at Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago.  Her legal practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, with significant experience and emphasis on securing and protecting patent rights.  Dr. Berezutskaya regularly works with clients to develop and implement global intellectual property (IP) strategies skillfully tailored to business goals.  She is a licensed US patent attorney, regularly prepares US and PCT patent applications and has been successfully representing clients in connection with numerous patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  Dr. Berezutskaya has significant experience in advising clients on validity and freedom-to-operate opinions.  She also regularly consults clients in connection with patent due diligence analysis, patentability analysis, infringement analysis, license and patent assignment agreements, IP assets transfer agreements, IP ownership rights and joint research & development agreements.  Other aspects of Dr. Berezutskaya’s practice include patent litigation, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. Kate is an adjunct professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law where she teaches patent law.

 

Dr. Berezutskaya received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she graduated with a certificate in Intellectual Property Law.  Prior to law school, Dr. Berezutskaya conducted research at the University of Chicago and earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology/biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in biology/virology from Moscow State University.

 

Prior to joining GBC, Dr. Berezutskaya practiced law at a large international law firm, conducted biomedical research, consulted at the University of Chicago technology transfer office and taught science classes to students at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Experience

  • US and Foreign Patent Prosecution
  • Opinions on Patent Infringement, Due Diligence, Validity, Enforceability, Freedom-to Operate
  • Client Counseling in Connection with IP Portfolio Development, Licensing, Patent Acquisition, Technology Transfer, IP Assets Liquidation in Bankruptcy
  • Patent Litigation
  • Re-examination, Post-Grant Review Proceedings
  • US Trademark Registration
  • Internet Copyright Enforcement

 

Professional Associations

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) – Judicial Appointments and Amicus Brief Committees
  • Licensing Executives Society, Co-Chair Chicago Chapter
  • WIB (Women in BIO)

 

Publications & Lectures

  • Speaker and moderator “Wait a minute. . . I thought that patent was mine.”  Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting, October 15, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, “Intellectual Property (IP) Assets,” Loyola Law School, February 28, 2012
  • Guest Speaker, “IP Competitive Strategies,” University of Illinois at Chicago, July 20, 2010

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemical compositions and methods
  • Chemical processes
  • Compounds
  • Formulations
  • Antibodies
  • Proteins
  • Peptides
  • Oligonucleotides
  • Biomarkers
  • Recombinant cells
  • Viruses and vaccines
  • Vectors
  • Small molecules and drugs
  • Cancer drugs
  • Treatments for hereditary and immunological disorders
  • Diagnostic tools and reagents
  • Food supplements
  • Cosmetic preparations
  • Methods of treatment and diagnostics
  • Research reagents
  • Medical devices
  • Surgical procedures
  • Green technologies
Eleanor M. Musick Partner emusick@gbclaw.net San Diego 858.724.2145 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Litigation

Eleanor M. Musick is a partner in GBC’s new San Diego office.  Her intellectual property law practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution, IP counseling and licensing.

 

In more than 25 years in practice, Eleanor has prosecuted hundreds of patent applications spanning a wide range of technical fields including bioinformatics and biomarker discovery, artificial intelligence and data mining, medical devices and diagnostics, robotic systems and laboratory instrumentation, nanotechnology, statistical signal and image processing, wireless and optical communications, bar code readers, advanced engineering materials (superconductors, semiconductors, magnetoresistance), oceanography and geophysics, lighting fixtures, sports gear, and mechanical devices.

 

Eleanor has litigated patent, trademark and copyright infringement matters in federal courts, at both the district and appellate levels.  Decisions in several of these cases were published in official court reporters.

 

Prior to joining GBC, Eleanor was a partner in the intellectual property practice group of a San Diego business law firm for more than 10 years.  She was of counsel for three years with a large Atlanta-based national law firm.   Eleanor began her legal career in 1989 with a small San Diego intellectual property boutique, where she spent over 11 years, rising from associate to partner, while working in all aspects of intellectual property law.

 

Eleanor received a J.D. with Scholastic Merit from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where she was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court.

 

Prior to embarking on her legal career, Eleanor worked for nine years as a semiconductor process engineer with a large computer systems company.  She was also an instrumentation scientist working on development of a laser measurement system to improve combustion efficiency in large turbine engines.

 

Eleanor earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with a specialization in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego.  She did graduate studies in Electrical Engineering, focusing on solid state devices, electro-optics and optical communications, at San Diego State University.  More recently, Eleanor studied drug discovery and development as part of a professional certificate program through the University of California, San Diego Extension.

 

Experience

  • Twenty-six years of patent and trademark prosecution
  • Patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation
  • IP licensing
  • IP counseling, including patent portfolio strategy and management

 

Publications

Co-author:  Superconductivity and Relative Phase Stability in 1:2:2 Ternary Transition Metal Silicides and Germanides,  Solid State Communications, Vol. 52, No. 9, 1984.

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Bioinformatics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biomarker discovery
  • Artificial intelligence and pattern recognition
  • Statistical signal processing and image reconstruction
  • Medical devices and diagnostics
  • Superconductors and semiconductors
  • Electro-optics and optical communications
  • Wireless communications
  • Robotics and laboratory instrumentation
  • Geophysics and oceanography
  • Sporting goods
  • Industrial machining and cutting tools
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Mechanical devices
Gregory P. Einhorn Partner geinhorn@gbclaw.net San Diego 858.724.2145 Patents, Trademarks, Litigation, international-ip

Gregory P. Einhorn is a partner in GBC’s new San Diego office.  His intellectual property law practice focuses on biotechnology-related intellectual property and portfolio “life cycle” management, with an emphasis on developing and implementing domestic and international patent filing and portfolio strategies, as well as intellectual property licensing, freedom to operate and due diligence evaluations and opinions; and litigation support.

 

Dr. Einhorn’s practice covers biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical and dental device, and renewable chemical and biotech industries; and provides strategic intellectual property counseling and comprehensive patent portfolio management for small, medium and large companies.

 

Greg has a wide range of experience in the life sciences, medical and dental devices, cleantech and renewable biotech industries, including renewable chemical, chemical catalytic and green functional biomaterials, immunology, molecular biology, diagnostics, therapeutics, virology, drug delivery systems, high throughput screening, microarray technology, gene therapy, stem cell biology, liposomal technology, small molecules, proteomics, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology.

 

Greg is a former patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, having served in the biotechnology group.

 

Greg received a J.D. at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.; a Ph.D. from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, in Baltimore, MD; and a D.D.S. from Georgetown University, School of Dentistry, Washington, D.C.

 

Greg has lectured on various patent and intellectual property issues for local and national business groups and universities, including BIOCOM, the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and has taught a course on Foreign Patent Prosecution for University of California San Diego (UCSD) extension school.

 

Experience 

  • Twenty years of patent analysis and prosecution experience
  • IP portfolio “life cycle” counseling, including patent portfolio strategy and management
  • IP licensing and technology transfer experience
  • Infringement and validity opinions and evaluations

 

Bar Memberships 

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • State Bar of California

 

Example Technical Fields 

  • Biotechnology, including immunology, molecular biology, stem cell biology, biomaterials
  • Medical and dental diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Pharmaceuticals and small molecule chemistry
  • Medical and dental devices
  • Cleantech and renewable biotech industries
  • Renewable chemical, chemical catalytic and green functional biomaterials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Biomarker discovery
  • Bioinformatics
Peter M. Klobuchar Partner pklobuchar@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2924 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Litigation, trade-secrets, international-ip

Peter concentrates his practice on all aspects of domestic and foreign patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition, including counseling, investigations, transactions, prosecution and litigation.  He has significant experience with patent prosecution in the mechanical and materials related arts, as well as with patent and trademark litigation in the federal courts.

 

Peter currently counsels an FTSE 250 corporation and the world’s leader in beverage can manufacturing in all aspects of patent law. He prepares and prosecutes patents all over the world, including Europe and Asia, on its behalf. His representation extends to pre-litigation counseling and strategy, investigations, competitor monitoring, clearance, and transactions. He has also prepared patent oppositions in Europe and Australia through appeal.

 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Peter held several engineering positions of increasing responsibility at one of North America’s largest steel producers. At different times, he was responsible for the metallurgical quality of cold rolled sheet steel produced for appliance, automotive, office furniture, and electrical end uses. He was later responsible for the processing and highly critical surface inspection of cold rolled sheet steel destined for the appliance and office furniture markets, and was directly responsible for supervising all personnel associated with carrying out those functions.

 

Publications

  • A big change arrives in U.S. patent law
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 03/26/13

 

  • Provisions of the America Invents Act take effect over the weekend
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 09/19/12

 

  • Inventors find ways to expedite patents
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 01/26/12

 

  • Obama Signs Patent Reform Act
    Intellectual Property Alert, 09/30/11

 

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • S. Patent and Trademark Office

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Aerospace
  • Brazing and Soldering
  • Consumer and Wholesale Packaging
  • Die Casting
  • Firefighting Equipment
  • Food Preparation
  • Filters and Filter Elements
  • Hearing Aids and Hearing Aid Components
  • Loudspeaker Design
  • Materials and Mining
  • Nuclear Power Plant Equipment
  • Piping and Insulation
  • Renal Diagnostics
  • Toys
Arik B. Ranson Associate aranson@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2911 Patents, Trademarks, international-ip

Experience

  • U.S. and Foreign Patent Prosecution
  • Opinions on Patent Infringement, Validity, and Enforceability
  • U.S. Trademark Prosecution

 

Bar Memberships

  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

 

Professional Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Agricultural equipment
  • Agricultural Processes
  • Biological Detectors
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Disk Drives
  • Internet
  • LCD Displays
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Software
  • Microfluidic Devices and Systems
  • Nanotechnology
  • Plasma Displays
  • Power Tools
  • Semiconductor Fabrication
  • Social Media
  • Telecommunications
Dr. Tanja Proehl Associate tproehl@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2919 Trademarks, international-ip

Dr. Tanja Proehl is an intellectual property attorney with Greer Burns & Crain in Chicago. Her practice focuses on all aspects of United States trademark law.

 

Dr. Proehl has extensive experience with trademark prosecution and counseling, as well as proceedings before both the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and The Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) in Europe.

 

Fluent in German and English, Dr. Proehl gained wide experience as a trademark and corporate attorney in Germany.

 

She remains licensed to practice law in Germany, and her understanding of European law and custom informs her global trademark practice and makes her especially effective in IP negotiations with European companies.

 

Dr. Proehl attended law school at Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen in Germany, and subsequently wrote a doctoral thesis. She received an award for “Excellent Achievement of Young Academics” by the Reinhold-und-Maria-Teufel-Stiftung.

 

She also has a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law, with High honors, and she received two CALI awards for Trademark Law and Alternative Dispute Resolutions.

Dr. Proehl has experience with intellectual property in a variety of industries, including luxury goods, power tools, paper products and children’s toys.

 

Bar Memberships

  • State of New York Bar
  • Bar of Germany

 

Awards

  • Dr. Proehl attended law school in Germany (Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen) and received an award for “Excellent Achievement of Young Academics” by the Reinhold-und-Maria-Teufel-Stiftung.
  • Dr. Proehl also has a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law (with High honors) and received two CALI awards for Trademark Law and Alternative Dispute Resolutions.

 

Languages

  • German
  • English
  • French

 

Publications

  • Doctoral thesis, “Violence in schools, a comparison between Germany and the United States: a secondary analysis” athttp://tobias-lib.uni-tuebingen.de/volltexte/2006/2290/

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Luxury Goods
  • Power Tools
  • Paper Products
  • Children’s Toys
Mark B. Lee Associate mlee@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.4009 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, university-tech-transfer, international-ip

Mark B. Lee is an attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago.  His practice focuses on U.S. and international utility and design patent preparation and prosecution.  He also has experience with due diligence and opinion work regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, infringement, and patent validity.

 

Mark’s practice focuses primarily on drafting and prosecuting patents for mechanical, electrical, and computer devices, such as electro-mechanical and computer software systems.

 

Before beginning his law practice, Mark was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the database art.  Prior to this, Mark spent many years in information technology, including significant database and telecommunications experience.  Mark has extensive and broad experience in various computer technologies, including database (SQL), network communications, internet applications and e-commerce business transactions.

 

Mark was a member of the Law Review at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he received an Honors scholarship and numerous Certificate of Merit awards.

 

Mark is fluent in Korean.  Among his international endeavors is his call to the Bar in Ontario, Canada, expected in 2013.

 

Experience

  • U.S. and international patent prosecution
  • Patent infringement, validity, and enforceability opinions and evaluations

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of the State of Michigan

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Automotive (Engine Control / Diagnostic Systems)
  • Computer Hardware Systems
  • Computer Software, including Database Management
  • Concrete Technology
  • Consumer Products
  • Filters, Purification and Evaporative Media
  • Mechanical Devices
  • Medical Devices
  • Network Communications and Systems

Patrick J. Smith Associate psmith@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2927 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Litigation, trade-secrets, international-ip

Patrick J. Smith is a patent attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago.  As a former analytical chemist, Mr. Smith’s legal practice at GBC focuses primarily on U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution with a concentration in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering.  While his undergraduate degree is in chemistry, Mr. Smith has significant experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications for additional technological fields, for example, negative pressure wound bandages, catheters, artificial grass systems, dental equipment, x-ray devices, and automotive conveyance systems, to name a few.   Mr. Smith’s intellectual property legal experience also involves all aspects of intellectual property enforcement and litigation.  He works regularly with clients to implement strategies for patent procurement and enforcement.  Mr. Smith also has significant experience with due diligence and opinion work regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, infringement, and patent validity.

 

Mr. Smith received his J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in 2004.  Prior to law school, he was awarded a B.S. (Chemistry) from Creighton University in 2001.  He also worked as an Analytical Chemist for the Army Corp of Engineers.  Mr. Smith was awarded an LL.M. in Intellectual Property (with honors) from The John Marshall Law School in 2005.

 

Experience

  • U.S. and Foreign Patent Prosecution
  • Opinions on Patent Infringement, Validity, and Enforceability
  • Patent Litigation
  • U.S. Trademark Prosecution
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (filing only)

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Inks
  • Oxygen Activated Heaters
  • Battery Cells
  • Carbon Dioxide Discharge Devices
  • Detergents
  • Bleaches
  • Catalysts
  • Syntactic Foams
  • Paper & Paper Coatings
  • Chemical Compositions
  • Chemical Coatings
  • Chemical Processes
  • Product Packaging
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Devices
  • Fastener Assemblies
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Artificial Grass Systems
Jessica L. Bloodgood Associate jbloodgood@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2915 Trademarks, Anti-Counterfeiting, Litigation, international-ip, internet-domain-name-disputes

Jessica Bloodgood is an attorney with Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago. Her legal practice focuses on worldwide brand protection and matters related to developing and implementing programs to combat online counterfeiting and infringement.

 

GBC’s anti-counterfeiting team has seized tens of thousands of counterfeit domains, recovered millions of dollars in assets and amassed over $2 billion in judgments. Ms. Bloodgood manages all aspects of GBC’s anti-counterfeiting litigation. She represents high-profile clients before federal courts in trademark infringement and counterfeiting actions, and assists with counterfeiting-related investigations worldwide.

 

Ms. Bloodgood earned her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in 2008. Prior to law school, Ms. Bloodgood earned a dual Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Arts and a certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Prior to joining GBC Ms. Bloodgood gained experience in personal injury, estate planning, and real estate law.

 

Bar Memberships

  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

 

Civic Involvement

  • AIDS Legal Council of Chicago – Ambassador
  • John W. Jung Memorial Scholarship – Board of Directors
  • Daughters of the American Revolution

 

Atanu Das Associate adas@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2918 Patents, Trademarks, Litigation

Atanu Das is an attorney at Greer, Burns, & Crain in Chicago.  His practice focuses on patent procurement as well as client patent portfolio development and management.  He also has experience with due diligence and rendering legal opinions regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, infringement, and patent validity.

 

Mr. Das’ electrical engineering background and wide range of experience allows him to draft and prosecute patents in the electrical, computer, and mechanical arts as well for software and business methods.  Also, Mr. Das has worked with a number of emerging companies and counsels them in their intellectual property protection strategy according to their particular needs.  Further, his strong technical background allows him to deal with a variety of complex technologies in such areas as analog circuit design, wireless communication systems and digital signal processing as well as telecommunication devices and data networking technologies.

 

Mr. Das also has significant litigation experience that is invaluable in his patent preparation, prosecution, and counseling practices by being able to anticipate potential enforceability and licensing pitfalls for his clients. His litigation background includes drafting complaints, answers to complaints, and motions. Further, he has managed the discovery phase of different litigations, including producing and reviewing documents, drafting discovery requests, and writing discovery motions. In addition, he has analyzed different patent issues to prepare infringement contentions and claim construction briefs.

 

Prior to his law career, Mr. Das worked for a leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer as a systems engineer. In this role he directed and contributed in the development of network and system specifications for Data Networking and Telecommunications product platforms. Further, he provided consulting and counseling within product development teams to identify corporate strategies for new product introduction. In addition, he researched innovative product ideas and drafted original specifications as deliverables to product design teams.

 

Mr. Das is a Senior Lecturer in Residence for Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches several different intellectual property courses that include Cyberlaw, Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Patent Prosecution Seminar.

 

Mr. Das received his J.D. from Loyola University and received both his M.S. (Electrical Engineering) and B.S. (Electrical Engineering) degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Experience

  • Patent Prosecution
  • Opinions on Patentability, Infringement, and Validity
  • Patent Portfolio Development and Management
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Trademark Litigation

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Internet Technologies
  • Wireless Communication Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Data Networking Technologies
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Business Methods
  • Analog Circuit Design

 

Publications

  • E. Moran and A. Das, “The After Effects of In Re Bose” Snippets, Vol. 8, Issue 2, Spring 2010.
  • A. Das, “An ‘Adequate’ Education Needs an ‘Adequate’ Approach to School Funding,” 12 Public Interest Law Report 81, Spring 2007
  • A. Das and R. Srikant, “Diffusion Approximations for a Single Node Accessed by Congestion Controlled Sources,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Oct. 2000, vol. 45, no. 10, pp. 1783-1799.
Mary F. Fetsco Associate mfetsco@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.4006 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Anti-Counterfeiting, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, international-ip, internet-domain-name-disputes

Mary Fetsco is an attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago.  She has been with the firm for more than two years, and is experienced in various facets of intellectual property law including patent prosecution, as well as patent and trademark litigation.

 

Mary has a diverse technical and business-oriented background, with experience in designing and creating visual corporate branding elements.  She has also counseled small businesses in the development of effective branding strategies.

 

Mary received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.  While in law school, Mary actively participated in various student organizations, including serving as president of the Intellectual Property Law Society for two consecutive years.  She also worked for two years in the College of Law’s Legal Writing Department as a teaching assistant, where she supported and motivated students in developing and applying proper legal writing and communication techniques.

 

Prior to attending law school, Mary earned a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering from Michigan State University, with a minor in business.  During her undergraduate study, Mary worked with Motorola, Inc. in developing mobile technology for integration with cable television and video-on-demand services.

 

Experience

  • U.S. Patent Prosecution
  • Patent and Trademark Litigation
  • Opinions on Patent Infringement, Validity and Patentability
  • Internet Copyright and Trademark Enforcement including Counterfeit Website Shut Downs
  • Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) Take-Down Notice Drafting and Defense
  • Website Design and Programming

 

Bar Memberships         

  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Computer Systems and Circuits
  • Electronic Information Delivery Systems and Devices
  • Fasteners
  • Medical Devices
  • Mobile Software Technology
  • Networking and Data Communications
  • Telecommunication Systems and Devices
  • Wallboard Compositions and Manufacturing Techniques
Allyson M. Martin Associate amartin@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2914 Patents, Trademarks, Litigation

Allyson M. Martin is an attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois. Her practice includes patent prosecution and litigation, and trademark litigation.

 

Ms. Martin received her J.D. (summa cum laude, Order of the Coif) from DePaul University School of Law in 2013.  She received CALI awards in Senior Research Seminar: Advanced Concepts in Patent Law, Biotechnology Patent Law, Administrative Process, Copyright Law, and Bankruptcy Law and the Dr. Robert Chambers Patent Law Award.  Prior to law school, she was awarded a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas in 2010, and interned with an aviation manufacturing corporation.

 

During law school, Ms. Martin was the Technical Productions Editor of the DePaul University Journal of Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property. Additionally, her article, Seed Savers v. Monsanto:  Farmers Need a Victory for Wilting Biodiversity, was published in the Fall 2013 volume of the DePaul University Journal of Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property.  She was also a legal extern for Judge Harry D. Leinenweber at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

 

Bar Memberships

  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

 

Frank Ward Associate fward@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2925 Trademarks, Copyright, internet-domain-name-disputes

Frank Ward is an attorney at Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago. His practice includes patent prosecution and trademark litigation.

 

Prior to attending law school, Frank earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a minor in business. Subsequently, he worked for several years as a Mechanical Engineer for a manufacturing company in the gas turbine industry. While in industry, Frank gained significant experience in manufacturing, quality control, reverse engineering, and project management.

 

While attending DePaul University, he received the CALI award in Advanced Legal Writing: Patent Drafting. In addition, his article “Patents & 3D Printing: Protecting the Democratization of Manufacturing by Combining Existing Intellectual Property Protections” was published in the Fall 2014 DePaul University Journal of Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property.

 

Experience

  • U.S. Patent Prosecution
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Internet Copyright and Trademark Enforcement, including Counterfeit Website Shut Downs

 

Bar Memberships

  • S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
Thomas E. Hill Of Counsel thill@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2923 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, international-ip

Thomas E. Hill is Of Counsel at Greer, Burns & Crain in Chicago and has over 30 years of experience practicing in the areas of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

 

Mr. Hill has been involved in various intellectual property disputes in federal and state courts, and has prepared and successfully prosecuted hundreds of patent and trademark applications in the U.S. and abroad.

 

His IP practice has also involved extensive counseling of a wide range of clients regarding the acquisition, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as the avoidance of, and the response to, charges of third parties involving intellectual property.

 

Mr. Hill has extensive experience in the licensing of intellectual property rights and has served as an expert witness in both state and federal courts regarding IP disputes.

 

In the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Hill has been involved in patent reissues, appeals and reexaminations and has rendered numerous opinions regarding patentability, validity, infringement and enforceability.

Mr. Hill is registered to practice in Illinois and California.

 

Experience

  • Domestic and international patent prosecution
  • Domestic and international trademark prosecution
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Patent counseling and opinions
  • Patent litigation

 

Bar Memberships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • Seventh Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

 

Professional Associations

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Agricultural Machines and Equipment
  • Gasoline and Diesel Engines and Turbines
  • Electronic Circuits and Systems
  • Computers and Control Systems
  • Irrigation and Water Distribution Systems
  • Energy Devices such as Solar Cells, Batteries and Reactors
  • Scientific Devices
  • Telecommunications
  • Internet Applications and Business Methods
  • Semiconductors
  • Video Displays and Television Systems
  • Electro-Mechanical Devices
  • Machines and Mechanical Devices
John W. Chestnut Of Counsel jchestnut@gbclaw.net Chicago 312.987.2918 Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, university-tech-transfer, Litigation, international-ip

Experience

  • Patent, design patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition litigation in Federal Courts
  • Worldwide patent and trademark prosecution
  • Licensing and development agreements
  • Opinions on patent and trademark infringement, validity and enforceability

 

Bar Memberships

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
  • Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of the State of Illinois

 

Example Technical Fields

  • Paper converting machinery
  • Flexographic printers
  • Diaper machines
  • Concrete pumps
  • Butter processing machinery
  • Medical devices
  • Sporting goods, including golf clubs, golf ball, tennis racquets, basketballs, baseball gloves, water skis
  • Sailboats
  • Flashlights
  • Beverage cans and machines
  • Air guns and CO2 guns
  • Luggage carts
  • Furniture