Lawrence H. Aaronson

P: 312.913.2141
F: 312.913.0002

Lawrence H. Aaronson is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm's Telecommunications Practice Group. Mr. Aaronson's practice has grown over the years to focus primarily on patent prosecution, with a strong emphasis on telecommunications and software technology including cellular wireless communications and computing systems. Clients appreciate Mr. Aaronson's efficiency and skill in managing their respective patent portfolios. In particular, clients admire his attention to relevant detail and ability to communicate sensibly and productively with their engineers and other inventors. Recognizing the important strategic business value of patents, Mr. Aaronson seamlessly assists in-house counsel by interacting directly with inventors and helping to identify and secure protection of key inventions. As such, he can and often does function as an "outside in-house counsel." Given his extensive patent prosecution experience, Mr. Aaronson also routinely trains less experienced attorneys at the firm.

Representative Experience

Mr. Aaronson's representative experience includes:

  • Representing one of the nation’s major cellular carriers for over twenty years, managing patent prosecution matters and gaining practical expertise in LTE and numerous other wireless communication systems, networks, and services.
  • Representing an international medical device manufacturer in patent prosecution matters related to hearing prosthesis technology.
  • Representing a large multimedia company in patent prosecution matters related to automatic content recognition and publishing.
  • Representing a global technology company in patent prosecution matters involving telecommunications and software related inventions.
  • Representing clients in prosecution matters related to other diverse technology areas ranging from artificial intelligence analysis and development of molecular structures, to DNA image analysis, to collision-repair-shop processing.


Chicago Bar Association
  • Former Chairman, Entertainment Committee
  • Former Chairman, Creative Arts Law Committee, Young Lawyers Section
  • Actor and Director of Marketing of “The Bar Show,” the CBA’s annual musical comedy revue

University of Illinois College of Law
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Patent Prosecution & Practice

Deerfield Family Theater
  • Board Member and Actor


Speaking Engagements

Illinois State Bar Association, "2010 All New Ethics Extravaganza for the Government Lawyer"


Fall 2008 (snippets)
Winter 2014 (snippets)
On May 5, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office kicked off a new program intended to give applicants and examiners an opportunity to discuss the substance of a patent application before a formal, written examination report is mailed to the applicant. Dubbed the First Action Interview Pilot Program, it requires that the applicant electronically file, at least one day before the first action on the merits is mailed, a Request for First Action Interview.
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