McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Favorably Ranked in 2015 Edition of IAM Patent 1000

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (“MBHB”) has been favorably ranked among top law firms in the 2015 edition of IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. Published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine, IAM Patent 1000 is a unique guide that identifies the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe.

MBHB is recognized in the 2015 edition of edition of IAM Patent 1000 as follows:

  • Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Litigation”
  • Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Prosecution”
  • Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Transactions”

MBHB attorneys are recognized in the 2015 edition of IAM Patent 1000 as follows:

  • Daniel A. Boehnen – Ranked in Illinois among individual “Luminaries”
  • Paul H. Berghoff – Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Litigation”
  • Leif R. Sigmond, Jr. – Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Litigation”
  • Bradley J. Hulbert – Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Prosecution” and Patent “Transactions”
  • Dr. Kevin E. Noonan – Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Prosecution”
  • Marcus J. Thymian – Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Prosecution”
  • Dr. Donald L. Zuhn, Jr. – Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Prosecution”

Feedback gathered during research includes the following:

  • This Chicago native has all aspects of patent practice taped up; the crack prosecution shop has also “emerged from the boutique pack as having the strongest litigation capability”. The past year has been characterised by tremendous growth across the firm: it set a personal best for the number of patents prosecuted and attracted a host of inter partes and covered business method review instructions, while also adroitly handling lawsuits for major-league telecommunications, software and pharmaceutical entities. Deep-seated technical expertise is one key to its success; all of its lawyers hold scientific or technical degrees, and its faculty of over 85 attorneys includes some 50 PhDs.
  • Donald Zuhn and Kevin Noonan represent “the standout biotechnology team in town” and are recommended without hesitation. Packing a genetics doctorate, Zuhn is as versatile as they come, with expertise relevant to every stage of the patent lifecycle; likewise top molecular biologist Noonan.
  • Marcus Thymian plies a fine trade in the high-technology environment; a smooth operator on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, he has become a go-to strategic counsellor on any number of issues.
  • Bradley Hulbert is tipped for both prosecution and transactional briefs; as testament to his finely honed knowledge, he has been engaged as an expert witness on patent and licensing matters on several occasions. Sources credit him with fostering the group’s globally minded outlook.
  • Fellow founding partner Paul Berghoff leads from the front in complex disputes, drawing on over 30 years of experience at the patent litigation coalface to manoeuvre clients into advantageous positions. He also knows what it means to practise in a global business environment and excels at coordinating international litigation.
  • Leif Sigmond Jr’s down-to-earth approach lends him credibility both within the profession and before the jurors and judges he presents to in court.
  • The architect of bold litigation strategies, luminary Daniel Boehnen remains a rock for the organisation which he helped to establish.

About IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners

Published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine, The IAM Patent 1000 has fast become the definitive directory exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading patent services providers. The extensive research process for this guide was conducted over several months by a team of full-time analysts, and involved in excess of 1,500 interviews with patent specialists across the globe. Legal and attorney firms and individual practitioners qualify for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 upon receiving sufficient positive feedback from market sources. The IAM Patent 1000 features 41 country-specific chapters analyzing local patent professional services markets and detailing the firms and individuals identified as leaders in their respective fields. The tables and accompanying detailed editorial reflect the depth of expertise, market presence and levels of work on which firms are typically instructed. Website:

About McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP provides 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 its clients’ intellectual property rights, from navigating patent office procedures to litigating complex infringement actions. MBHB attorneys 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. MBHB 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. Comprised of over 80 attorneys, the law firm provides effective and service-oriented representation on a case-by-case basis. MBHB attorneys undertake each challenge with a full understanding of their client’s business plan and the ways in which the firm’s services help their clients reach their goals. Regardless of MBHB’s role, the firm never loses sight of their clients’ business objectives. MBHB 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. Website: