Grantland G. Drutchas

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Grantland G. Drutchas, a founder and former managing partner of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on litigation, licensing, and client counseling. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials. His litigation experience encompasses disciplines ranging from recombinant DNA technology and cell signaling, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostic instruments, and medical devices to conference phones, lampposts, and injection molds.

He has also litigated trademark and trade dress infringement actions. Mr. Drutchas has been involved in many notable and precedent-setting cases. In one, he obtained the largest jury verdict ever awarded in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He also has had extensive experience in drafting licenses and litigating license disputes.

Published Articles

"Intellectual Property Litigation," Lawyer Monthly, September 2011


Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Vice Chair, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues Committee
  • Former Vice Chair, Licensing Committee

Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Adjunct Professor

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Former Adjunct Professor


Illinois Super Lawyers

Past Events

July 9, 2014
MBHB Partners Grantland Drutchas and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D. Are the Featured Co-Presenters
July 2, 2014
MBHB Partners Lawrence Aaronson, Michael Borella and Grantland Drutchas Are Featured Presenters at this PLI-Sponsored Webinar
June 11, 2013
MBHB Attorneys Lawrence Aaronson, Michael Borella and Grantland Drutchas Are Featured Presenters at this PLI-Sponsored Webcast
February 14, 2013
Live MBHB Webinar Featuring MBHB Partners Grantland Drutchas and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D.
December 12, 2012


March 27, 2015 (snippets Alert)
MBHB snippets Alert - March 27, 2015

On Friday, March 27, Director Lee issued a statement on the PTO Blog, indicating several current and proposed “quick-fix” rule changes. Immediate changes include nearly doubling the number of pages for a motion to amend to up to 25 pages, along with the addition of a claims appendix. Opposition briefing and reply briefing will get a commensurate amount of additional pages. Judges will begin implementing these changes through scheduling orders effective immediately.
June 2, 2014 (snippets Alert)
MBHB snippets Alert - June 2, 2014

In today’s decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. clarified the scope of definiteness required to fulfill the requirement that the patent claims particularly point out and distinctly claim the subject matter which the applicant regards as the invention. In Nautilus, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected the “insolubly ambiguous” standard previously set out by the Federal Circuit.
June 2, 2014 (snippets Alert)
MBHB snippets Alert - June 2, 2014

In the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit's en banc holding that a defendant need not perform all of the steps of a claim to infringe where it performs some and induces third parties to perform the rest.
February 11, 2013 (snippets Alert)
The final phase of the America Invents Act (AIA) takes effect on March 16, 2013. This means that any patent application filed in the U.S. on or after that date, which, at any time during its pendency, contains a claim that is not fully supported in an application filed before March 16, 2013, will be subject to the new first-inventor-to-file rules under the AIA. As a result of this imminent change in U.S. patent law, it is recommended that companies consider several options.
Summer 2011 (snippets)
Spring 2010 (snippets)
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