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. Mr. Drutchas serves as Chair of the firm's PTAB Trials Practice Group. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials, as well as arguing appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His litigation experience encompasses disciplines ranging from recombinant DNA technology, cell signaling, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics and devices to telecommunication transmission systems, 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

Chair of the Local School Council and former PTO President, LaSalle II Language Academy, Chicago Public Schools

Board Member, Wicker Park Committee Neighborhood Association


Best Lawyers in America

Illinois Super Lawyers


MBHB Partners Paul Berghoff, Daniel Boehnen, Grantland Drutchas and Andrew Williams, Ph.D. Are Set to Attend
MBHB partner Alison Baldwin Named Vice-Chair of the Membership/Sponsorship Committee for the Association
MBHB Partners Grantland Drutchas and Joshua Rich Are Featured Co-Speakers for a Panel Presentation

Past Events

October 19, 2016
MBHB Partners Grantland Drutchas and Joshua Rich Are the Featured Presenters
April 7, 2016
MBHB Partner Grant Drutchas Is a Featured Speaker at Chicago-Kent College of Law-Sponsored Program
October 20, 2015
MBHB Partners Grantland G. Drutchas and James L. Lovsin Are the Featured Presenters
August 27, 2015
MBHB Partners Grantland G. Drutchas and Dr. Donald L. Zuhn, Jr.., Ph.D. Are the Featured Presenters
July 9, 2014
MBHB Partners Grantland Drutchas and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D. Are the Featured Co-Presenters


March 21, 2017 (snippets Alert)
As was widely expected from the Justices’ positions at oral arguments, a nearly unanimous Supreme Court today struck down the patent laches doctrine in SCA Hygiene Prods. Aktiebolag, v. First Quality Baby Prods., LLC, 580 U.S. __ (March 21, 2017). In the opinion by Justice Alito, the Supreme Court applied the rationale of its own prior decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1962 (2014), finding that the existence of a six-year statute of limitations in the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. §286, precluded the application of laches. As such, “laches cannot be interposed as a defense against damages where the infringement occurred within the period prescribed by §286.”
Spring 2015 (snippets)
The America Invents Act (AIA) created several adjudicative proceedings within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, including inter partes review, post-grant review, and covered business method review (IPR, PGR, and CBM, respectively). The AIA also provided explicit estoppel provisions with respect to District Court litigation for those proceedings.
May 26, 2015 (snippets Alert)
MBHB snippets Alert - May 26, 2015

The Supreme Court issued its decision today in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. In a nutshell, the Supreme Court held that a good faith belief in invalidity (or presumably unenforceability) is no longer a defense against inducement (and presumably contributory infringement).
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 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.
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.
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