McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Favorably Ranked in 2016 Edition of IAM Patent 1000

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (“MBHB”) has been favorably ranked among top law firms in the 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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:

The prosecution arm of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff’s patent practice has been exceptionally busy this past year – the group has been setting personal bests in terms of filing numbers, while also ramping up the post-grant pace.

Life sciences concerns marvel at the technical proficiency and worldly wisdom of Kevin Noonan and Donald Zuhn, both precision patent prosecutors who can do a lot else besides. Sources call Noonan “an amazing lawyer” and “an advocate for intellectual property itself – someone who really cares”. “He has spoken and written so much on subjects such as eligibility and ethics, and is extremely knowledgeable.” Commentators love the pair’s ‘Patent Docs’ blog, citing it as a leading source of insight and analysis on legal developments in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Marcus Thymian breathes life into high-technology patent portfolios and maintains a great rapport with the C-suite. The contentious division, of which Thymian is also a member, has also been on a roll.

Obtaining injunctions against generic drug companies is all in a day’s work for Paul Berghoff, a lynchpin of the team with over three decades of experience at the coalface.

Former managing partner Leif Sigmond and founding partner and luminary Daniel Boehnen are other veteran trial lawyers ready to spring into action.

Contributing on all fronts is Bradley Hulbert; having built many an attractive portfolio, he also knows how to tear patents apart and makes for an effective litigator, too.

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 46 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: