Counseling

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The most important service we provide to our clients is advice, along with the skills to implement it. We counsel clients on the management and development of their intellectual property assets, advising clients on issues of patent validity, infringement, and the introduction of new products. Our expertise in business consulting and patent law has been a valuable resource for clients in e-commerce, finance, and other fields.

Our creative, cost-effective strategies are designed to help our clients achieve specific business objectives as well as further long-term business goals. We help establish and maintain effective programs for identifying and patenting key inventions. We also offer strategic advice on the development of patent and trademark portfolios and the exploitation of innovations through licensing. We evaluate potential litigation risks and suggest strategies for avoiding litigation, and we issue opinions regarding the scope, validity, and enforceability of patents and patent portfolios. At MBHB, we also provide advice when assessing the likely outcomes of litigation and in acquisition-related due diligence investigations.

The high-level education and experience earned by our attorneys gives us the skill and industry knowledge we need to help our clients make the decisions that are best for their business, from the beginning.

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Upcoming Events

May 10-12, 2016
MBHB Partners Dr. Kevin Noonan and Dr. Donald Zuhn are Featured Presenters at this PLI-Sponsored Seminar
May 18, 2016
May 25, 2016
MBHB Partner Dr. Kevin Noonan Is the Featured Presenter at this ALA-Sponsored Session
June 11, 2016
MBHB Partner Kirsten Thomson Is a Featured Presenter for this Program
June 15, 2016

Past Event

April 26, 2016
MBHB Partner Patrick Gattari is the Featured Presenter at this MATTER-Sponsored Program
April 12, 2016
April 12, 2016
MBHB Partner Dr. Emily Miao is the Featured Presenter at this MATTER-Sponsored Program
April 7, 2016
MBHB Partner Grant Drutchas Is a Featured Speaker at Chicago-Kent College of Law-Sponsored Program
March 16, 2016
MBHB Partner Daniel Boehnen and Bristows LLP Partner Edward Nodder Are the Featured Co-Presenters

Publications

Winter 2016 (snippets)
The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015, a bill to establish a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, has continued its progress through Congress with a favorable hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 2, 2015, that led to unanimous committee approval of an amended version on January 28, 2016. Despite the legislative logjam created by the impending election, and the failure to pass a similar bill during the last term of Congress, there is a significant probability that the bill will pass into law.
Winter 2016 (snippets)
February 4, 2016, marked the one-year anniversary of the initial In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC Federal Circuit decision – the first opinion stemming from the first appeal of the first final written decision of the first inter partes review (“IPR”) ever filed. From the time that decision came out until the end of January 2016, there have been at least 56 appeals from IPRs and Covered Business Method (“CBM”) patent reviews resolved by this appeals court.
Winter 2016 (snippets)
The USPTO offers a spectrum of programs that can be used to expedite examination of patent applications, which include Prioritized Examination (PE), Accelerated Examination (AE), the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH), Petitions to Make Special (PTMS), Full First Action Interviews (FFAI), the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP 2.0) program, and the Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP) program.
Winter 2016 (snippets)
It has been over 20 months since the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, effectively limiting the scope of patent-eligible subject matter. In particular, software and business method patents and applications now receive a higher level of scrutiny under Alice than had previously been the case.
Fall 2015 (snippets)
Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others. However, there are many issues to be aware of when seeking trademark protection.
Fall 2015 (snippets)
Under the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Act, advertising must be truthful and non-deceptive, advertisers must have evidence to back up their claims, and advertisements cannot be unfair. An advertisement is deceptive if it misleads reasonable consumers and is material to a consumer’s decision to purchase a product. An advertisement is unfair if it causes substantial unavoidable injury that is not outweighed by its benefit to consumers.
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