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 Illinois, California and North Carolina, 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. We handle litigation matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and throughout the federal court system, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Courts and the International Trade Commission.
MBHB’s practice areas encompass all aspects of intellectual property law. We have practical experience in a myriad of technology areas. 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. Our client list includes Fortune 100 companies, mid-size companies, start-ups, and academic institutions.
- Trademark and Unfair Competition
- Business Methods
- Mechanical and Materials
- Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostic
Honors and Awards
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP: Recent Honors & Awards
MBHB is highly ranked in key intellectual property-related practice areas within the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of U.S.News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” 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. MBHB is recognized at the national and Chicago metropolitan levels in the guide-designated categories of: "Biotechnology Law," "Litigation -- Intellectual Property," "Litigation -- Patent," "Patent Law," and "Trademark Law."
MBHB is favorably ranked among top law firms in the 2014, 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 2014, 2013 and 2012 editions of IAM Patent 1000—The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, as published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. MBHB and several partners are recognized within Illinois in the IAM Patent 1000 guide-designated categories of “Prosecution,” “Litigation,” and “Transactions.”
MBHB is favorably ranked in BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation (as published by the BTI Consulting Group) in the categories of “Go-To IP Law Firm,” Best for Complex Patent Work,” and “Go-To IP Litigation Firm.”
Six MBHB partners were selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2015 edition within the Best Lawyers-designated specialty areas of: Biotechnology Law; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law.
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 and 2013 “Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies” in the areas of (respectively) “Intellectual Property” and "Patent Prosecution." 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 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 “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.