United States - Wisconsin

Firms

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Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP
Foley & Lardner LLP
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
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Boardman & Clark LLP
Boyle Fredrickson SC
Casimir Jones SC
DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC
Godfrey & Kahn
Quarles & Brady LLP
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC
Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP
With “service and responsiveness second to none”, well-established boutique Andrus continues to impress clients, many of which have instructed it for decades. “It provides high-quality, reliable and cost-effective services. With experienced patent attorneys and no weak links, Andrus inspires confidence; it cannot be recommended enough.” “Fantastic in patent prosecution” – for which the firm is best known – Joseph Kuborn handles a slew of applications for General Electric. The “technically well-versed” Peter Holsen does “excellent work and provides spot-on advice”. Of late, he has acquired a plethora of new patents for Brunswick Corporation. Heading the Madison office is the “wonderful and conscientious” Tambryn VanHeyningen, a biotechnology champion who deftly manages complicated portfolios for academic institutions such as Duke University, the University of Arkansas and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Pioneers appreciate her “judgement in defining the scope of a patent” and “clear sense of the different paths to commercialisation”. Spearheading the contentious side of the practice, formidable litigator Aaron Olejniczak has an outstanding track record before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as well as the federal courts. “Knowledgeable and able to communicate complex matters in simple terms”, he is also lauded as “practical and consistently helpful”. His recent highlights include representing Brunswick Corporation in inter partes review proceedings and defending Grit Energy in patent infringement litigation.
Boardman & Clark LLP
Intimately familiar with the local legal landscape – and with a network of foreign associates to call on – general practice outfit Boardman & Clark serves up a vast range of patent services for national and international clients. From acquisition to enforcement, the firm’s sage counsel is distinguished for its level-headedness and practicality. A trusted partner, it is highly collaborative, attentive and a tenacious advocate for clients’ interests. The versatile Chris Hussin is a key contact for innovators.
Boyle Fredrickson SC
Boyle Fredrickson utilises its solid bench of specialist patent practitioners to superb effect across the contentious/non-contentious divide; a top filer in Wisconsin, it is also tried and trusted in litigation and post-grant proceedings. Anchor of the prosecution team Timothy Newholm draws on valuable experience as a former patent examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Also proficient in the acquisition and management of IP rights is Charles Leeck, who is widely commended for his efforts in the pharmaceuticals field. Seasoned lawyer James Boyle is a leading light on the contentious front; fine-tuned tactical instincts and refined industry insight are hallmarks of his practice. Another go-to professional in disputes, Michael Gratz boasts a panoramic understanding of IP law; while stellar all-rounder Andrew McConnell adds further quality to the team.
Casimir Jones SC
Esteemed for its slick prosecution and portfolio management, nimble operation Casimir Jones makes its first appearance in the IAM Patent 1000. Especially accomplished in the life sciences and medical devices space, the firm garners plaudits for the sparkling credentials and responsiveness of its professionals. “Very smart, with a top-flight knowledge of patents”, David Casimir is the lynchpin of the practice, celebrated for implementing effective IP strategies.
DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC
The first Madison-based law firm to expand into Milwaukee, DeWitt Ross & Stevens has a major presence in Wisconsin’s IP marketplace. Exceptional in biotechnology and chemicals prosecution, it also has a burgeoning practice in the software, hardware and electro-mechanical spheres; it has lately procured patents for Silatronix, Relican Analytics and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. On the contentious side, it also recently enjoyed success defending a client against a well-known non-practising entity. Veteran campaigner Charles Sara impresses with his prudent guidance and fine-grained subject awareness; few know more than him about patent acquisition in the life sciences arena. Assured litigator and qualified patent attorney Joseph Miotke heads the IP monetisation practice; he is readily sought out for steady-handed licensing and valuation work.
Foley & Lardner LLP
General practice giant Foley & Lardner cuts an imposing figure in Wisconsin; it “does excellent work and is in a class of its own”, according to one peer. A diverse team of technical experts underpins its comprehensive patent prosecution offering, while abundant resources can be adroitly leveraged should disputes arise. Intellectual property is a central pillar of the practice, with intangible assets always viewed as part of the bigger commercial picture. Electronics whizz Joseph Ziebert issues percipient advice to major manufacturers such as Rockwell Collins. Flanking him is mechanical engineer Scott Anderson, whose strategic wisdom has earned him an enviable reputation for portfolio development and patent transactions. “A wonderful lawyer, he has a knack for communicating complicated concepts in a simple way.”
Godfrey & Kahn
Pragmatic, business-driven IP solutions are delivered by the “brilliant lawyers” at Wisconsin-based commercial outfit Godfrey & Kahn, which shines brightest in disputes. Serving prominent clients across the manufacturing and retail sectors, practice leader Brian Gilpin is equally adept at brokering licence agreements as at pleading in high-stakes litigation. Another cogent advocate is the sure-footed Anthony Baish, a polished performer in jury trials and post-grant proceedings. He is instructed by household names such as Kimberley-Clark Corporation and Atlantic Richfield Company. Rounding off the gifted team is Nicholas Kees, a shrewd portfolio manager and assiduous enforcer of patents.
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
“One of the very best firms in the state”, Michael Best & Friedrich is hailed for its stand out A-to-Z patent offering. Working in cross-practice teams, the IP lawyers at this illustrious commercial law firm have a 360-degree understanding of intellectual assets. When contentious matters arise, “top-notch litigator” Jonathan Margolies is an indispensable ally: “Well reasoned and a superb academic, he excels in trial.” “Straight shooter” Donald Best has “a clear perspective on patent issues” and a particular flair for tricky cross-border disputes. On the non-contentious side, Billie Jean Smith is a star performer who employs her engineering expertise and business nous to achieve clients’ objectives; while fellow prosecution ace Daniel Jones is a safe pair of hands for mechanics inventions. The newly featured Richard Kaiser is a big hit with patrons: “Practical and committed to client services, he considers all options thoroughly before making astute recommendations.”
Perkins Coie LLP
Home to a plethora of outstanding trial lawyers, the “superb” Wisconsin office of Perkins Coie is a persuasive choice for bet-the-farm litigation; its “exceptional strategists achieve great results for their clients”. Courtroom virtuoso John Skilton is “a legend of the patent profession in the state”; some 40 years at the coalface have prepared him for all eventualities. His colleague, the “excellent” Christopher Hanewicz has notched up a number of district court victories for clients in the sporting goods sector. Another disputes specialist, Madison office managing partner Michelle Umberger makes her debut in the IAM Patent 1000; the potent advocate recently worked with Hanewicz on a number of matters for CREE and is renowned for her inter partes review prowess.
Quarles & Brady LLP
The “fantastic” Quarles & Brady has all angles covered for rights holders across the United States and beyond. Life sciences is a stronghold for the admirable Wisconsin ensemble; its prosecution team includes stem cell aficionado Bennett Berson, whose forward-thinking portfolio development has attracted a multitude of prestigious clients. Biochemistry expert Jean Baker is a cerebral academic who thrives on acquiring patents at the cutting edge of science. The commercially attuned Anthony Tomaselli captains the contentious side of the practice and has tried cases from coast to coast. Accompanying him is David Cross, a former inventor with a “great strategic mind and a strong command of complicated issues”.
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren provides customised patent services to an assortment of clients – from individual inventors to multinational corporations. With a wide-ranging technical team, clued-up litigators and a web of offices across the Midwest and mountain states, it executes on the most demanding briefs with aplomb. The non-contentious division is famed for the unwavering quality of its applications, while the disputes group – marshalled by the ever-persuasive David Hanson – astonishes with its talent for sculpting a compelling narrative at trial.

Individuals: prosecution

Scott D Anderson - Foley & Lardner LLP
Jean Baker - Quarles & Brady LLP
Bennett J Berson - Quarles & Brady LLP
James F Boyle - Boyle Fredrickson SC
David A Casimir - Casimir Jones SC
Peter T Holsen - Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP
Daniel S Jones - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Richard Kaiser - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Nicholas A Kees - Godfrey & Kahn
Joseph D Kuborn - Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP
Charles L Leeck - Boyle Fredrickson SC
Andrew S McConnell - Boyle Fredrickson SC
Joseph T Miotke - DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC
Timothy E Newholm - Boyle Fredrickson SC
Charles Sara - DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC
Rebecca B Scarr - McNeill Baur
Billie Jean Smith - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Tambryn K VanHeyningen - Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP
Joseph Ziebert - Foley & Lardner LLP

Individuals: litigation

Scott D Anderson - Foley & Lardner LLP
Anthony S Baish - Godfrey & Kahn
Donald Best - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
James F Boyle - Boyle Fredrickson SC
David R Cross - Quarles & Brady LLP
Brian Gilpin - Godfrey & Kahn
Michael J Gratz - Boyle Fredrickson SC
Christopher G Hanewicz - Perkins Coie LLP
David G Hanson - Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC
Nicholas A Kees - Godfrey & Kahn
Jonathan H Margolies - Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Andrew S McConnell - Boyle Fredrickson SC
Joseph T Miotke - DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC
Aaron T Olejniczak - Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP
John Skilton - Perkins Coie LLP
Anthony A Tomaselli - Quarles & Brady LLP
Michelle Umberger - Perkins Coie LLP
Jeffrey S Ward - Merchant & Gould
Joseph Ziebert - Foley & Lardner LLP
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