McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Favorably Ranked in 2018 Edition of IAM Patent 1000

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (“MBHB”) has been favorably ranked among top law firms in the 2018 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 2018 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 2018 edition of IAM Patent 1000 as follows:

  • Paul H. Berghoff – Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Litigation”
  • Daniel A. Boehnen – Ranked in Illinois among individual “Luminaries”
  • 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:

“Loaded with technical experts, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff stands out among Chicago boutiques.” “From a prosecution standpoint, it is just phenomenal”, particularly in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries which are the focus of eminent PhDs Donald Zuhn and Kevin Noonan. Together, they edit the Patent Docs blog which disseminates invaluable information on developments in patent law; you will not find lawyers with a more contemporary knowledge of the market than these two. Of Noonan, who garnered particularly warm praise during the IAM Patent 1000 2018 research cycle, clients comment: “Kevin is one of the top IP attorneys in the United States with expansive technical knowledge and an overarching, deep intuitive understanding of patent law and the dynamic nature of change within it from legal, political, technological and commercial perspectives. Quick to grasp novel concepts and place them correctly in context, and willing to incorporate outside knowledge or people when needed, he has a high rate of success getting patents granted and then extending their value. He is also efficient and a pleasure to work with.” One source confides: “My sole goal is to ensure the longevity of my relationship with him.” Working a similar magic, but on high-tech fronts, is chair of the electrical section Marcus Thymian. Not your run-of-the-mill external counsel, he positions himself to provide the most commercially apt advice by partnering very closely with his clients. Addressing business needs is what founding partner and fellow electrical engineer Bradley Hulbert also does best. The litigation side of the practice, which is anchored by Paul Berghoff and Daniel Boehnen, is doing particularly well in the ANDA domain. Outside of the life sciences, a lot of patent litigation has moved over to the USPTO – a development which plays into the hands of this group, which is well suited to chalk-talk to a technically sophisticated audience. 

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 1,800 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 and pharmaceuticals, chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials, medical device and diagnostics, software and business methods, 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: