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McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

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Managing Partner: Gavin J. O’Keefe
Number of partners: 53
Number of lawyers: 72

Firm Overview:
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (‘MBHB’) provides creative, pragmatic business solutions through a variety of intellectual property services, including litigation, prosecution, and general client counseling. With offices in Illinois, California and North Carolina, MBHB provides comprehensive legal services to obtain and enforce its clients’ intellectual property rights, from navigating patent office procedures to litigating complex infringement actions. MBHB attorneys prosecute patent and trademark applications in both the US and abroad, handle intellectual property litigation matters in trial and appellate courts across the country, and counsel clients nationwide and worldwide on the enforcement and defense of their intellectual property rights.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Litigation & Appeals (Intellectual Property)
PTAB Trials
Startups & Entrepreneurs
Trade Secrets
Trademark, Unfair Competition, Advertising
Transactions & High-Tech Litigation Strategy

Intellectual Property:
MBHB attorneys are experienced in the procurement, licensing, enforcement, and defense of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition actions in a number of technological disciplines and product categories including:
■ Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
■ Cannabis
■ Chemical
■ Electrical
■ Mechanical & Materials
■ Medical Device & Diagnostics
■ Software & Business Methods
■ Telecommunications

Comprised of 72 attorneys and 11 technical professionals, MBHB provides effective and service-oriented representation on a case-by-case basis. MBHB’s client list includes Fortune 100 companies, mid-size companies, start-ups and academic institutions.

MBHB devotes about 50% of its practice to patent and trademark prosecution and counseling.

The firm counsels clients on the management and development of their intellectual property assets and craft strategies consistent with their business goals. Likewise, MBHB dedicates about 50% of its practice to litigation. The firm stands at the forefront of legally complex, highly technical patent litigation. This uniquely balanced focus upon both prosecution and litigation enables MBHB to approach a client’s needs from multiple perspectives.

Many MBHB attorneys have both worked and published in their respective industries. MBHB attorneys are admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction are registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

At MBHB, the legal and scientific credentials of their professionals are first rate. MBHB professionals speak the languages of law and science – and of the people they serve. 100% of the firm’s attorneys and technical advisors hold science or engineering degrees. Of these, nearly 50% of the attorneys and technical advisors hold PhD’s or other advanced degrees.

In 2019, MBHB processed 9,098 patent applications for clients (including National Phase Applications filed in 2019), making MBHB well experienced and capable of handling a variety of patent filings. At least half of the firm’s clients are prosecutionoriented. In 2019, MBHB assisted in the issuance of 1,526 US patents for firm clients.

MBHB’s singular focus on intellectual property law coupled with their culture of teamwork means clients benefit from the collective knowledge of their entire firm. This growing base of specific knowledge is of tremendous value to their clients.

Despite MBHB’s unsurpassed legal and technical skills, the focus of their professionals remains on clear communication – with judges, juries, patent examiners, other lawyers, and most importantly, with clients. Collaboration with clients comes easily. MBHB attorneys and technical advisors speak the language of the scientists and inventors with whom they work. They are current on today’s ways of thinking regarding science and technology. They are up to the minute — and up to speed — on current IP law. The result is a positive, spirited firm culture – one that fosters teamwork and enables their professionals and staff to be more flexible and efficient in meeting client needs.