McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

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

MBHB attorneys are experienced in the procurement, licensing, enforcement and defence of patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition actions in a number of technological disciplines and product categories, including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, cannabis, chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials, medical device and diagnostics, software and business methods, and telecommunications.

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

MBHB’s greatest resource is its people. Many of its attorneys have both worked and published in their respective industries. MBHB attorneys are admitted to practise law in at least one jurisdiction or are registered to practise before the USPTO.

The MBHB professionals have first rate legal and scientific credentials; they also speak the languages of law and science – and of the people they serve. All of the firm’s attorneys and technical advisers hold science or engineering degrees. Of these, nearly 50% hold PhDs or other advanced degrees.

Comprising 72 attorneys and 10 technical professionals, MBHB provides effective and service-oriented representation on a case-by-case basis. MBHB attorneys undertake each challenge with a full understanding of the client’s business plan and the ways in which the firm’s services can help clients to achieve their goals. Regardless of MBHB’s role, the firm never loses sight of clients’ business objectives. MBHB clients know that they have entrusted their legal issues and plans for the future with knowledgeable, principled professionals who have their best business interests in mind. MBHB’s client list includes Fortune 100 companies, medium-sized companies, start-ups and academic institutions.

In 2019 MBHB processed 9,098 patent applications (including national phase applications) for clients, making it well experienced and capable of handling a variety of patent filings. At least half of the firm’s clients are prosecution oriented. Also in 2019, MBHB assisted in the issuance of 1,526 US patents for firm clients. MBHB has a dedicated prosecution support staff, composed of prosecution paralegals, docket clerks, annuities clerks and file clerks, all managed by a highly experienced prosecution staff manager.

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

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

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McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
300 South Wacker Drive
Chicago IL 60606
United States

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  • Durham
  • Mountain View

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