McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Practice/Organization Description

At McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP ("MBHB"), we provide creative, pragmatic business solutions through a variety of intellectual property services, including litigation, prosecution, and general client counseling.

With offices in Chicago, North Carolina and Washington state, MBHB provides comprehensive legal services to obtain and enforce our clients' intellectual property rights, from navigating patent office procedures to litigating complex infringement actions. We prosecute patent and trademark applications in both the U.S. 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.

Our 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, business methods, chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, software and telecommunications.

As we provide effective and service-oriented representation on a case-by-case basis, we undertake each challenge with a full understanding of our client's business plan and the ways in which our services help our clients reach their goals. Regardless of our role, we never lose sight of our clients' business objectives.

Our clients know they have trusted their legal issues and plans for the future with knowledgeable, principled professionals who have their best business interests in mind.

Practices:

- Copyright

- Counseling

- Litigation

- Patent

- Prosecution

- Trademark and Unfair Competition

Technologies:

- Biotechnology

- Business Methods

- Chemical

- Electrical

- Mechanical and Materials

- Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostic

- Software

- Telecommunications

Honors and Awards

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (“MBHB”) is highly ranked in key intellectual property-related practice areas within the 2014 edition of U.S.News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” at the national and metropolitan levels. Overall rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their relevant practice area(s), and a review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Firms included in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” edition are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Rankings are presented in tiers one through three both nationally and by metropolitan area or by state (with Tier 1 being the highest level). MBHB is ranked in the 2014 edition as follows:

National Level

- Patent Law (Tier 2)

- Litigation – Intellectual Property (Tier 2)

- Litigation – Patent (Tier 2)

- Biotechnology Law (Tier 3)

Chicago-Metro Level

- Patent Law (Tier 1)

- Litigation – Patent (Tier 1)

- Litigation – Intellectual Property (Tier 1)

- Biotechnology Law (Tier 1)

- Trademark Law (Tier 3)

MBHB is favorably ranked among top law firms in the 2013 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of “Intellectual Property.” Chambers USA determined that MBHB is composed of “outstanding and consistently excellent patent lawyers” and the “firm is very strategic and very practical.” MBHB was recognized as “doing a good job in biotechnology and chemicals with some fine lawyers.”

MBHB is favorably ranked in the 2013 World IP Survey guide, as published by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. MBHB is recognized within the United States in the guide-designated categories of “Patent Prosecution” and “Bio Life Sciences.”

MBHB and several of its partners are favorably ranked in the 2013 and 2012 editions of IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, as published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. MBHB was recognized within Illinois in the IAM Patent 1000 guide-designated categories of “Prosecution,” “Litigation,” and “Licensing.”

Five MBHB partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2014 edition within the Best Lawyers-designated specialty areas of: Biotechnology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law.

Four MBHB partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2013 edition within the Best Lawyers-designated specialty areas of: Biotechnology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law.

Three MBHB partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2012 edition within the Best Lawyers-designated specialty areas of: Biotechnology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; and Patent Law.

MBHB was named a 2012 “Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies” in the area of “Intellectual Property.” To select Go-To Law Firms, American Lawyer Media surveys general counsel at Fortune 500 companies and asks them which law firms they rely on in various practice areas.

IP Law + Business’s “Who Protects Innovation in America 2009” names MBHB as a top patent prosecution firm. IP Law + Business recently polled some of the country’s largest companies and found that MBHB ranked among the top go-to intellectual property firms.

A recent Corporate Counsel survey ranked MBHB in the top ten firms representing the Fortune 250 in intellectual property, with MBHB outranking a number of general practice firms.

MBHB is highly ranked in the 2013 and 2014 “Vault Law Firm Rankings: Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area: Intellectual Property Boutiques.”

The Legal 500 directory ranks MBHB in the top ten firms in life science/chemical patent litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation

Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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