McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Favorably Ranked in 2020 Edition of IAM Patent 1000

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (“MBHB”) has been favorably ranked among top law firms in the 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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”
  • Dr. Michael S. Borella – Ranked in Illinois for Patent “Prosecution”
  • Grantland G. Drutchas – 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:

All 70-plus attorneys at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff hold science or engineering qualifications, and nearly half of them have PhDs or other advanced degrees; the Chicago boutique is thus well equipped to take on virtually any technology in any sector. Its prosecution practice has been going gangbusters in the past 12 to 18 months, making waves in the artificial and machine learning areas in particular, thanks to new IAM Patent 1000 inclusion Michael Borella. The software marvel previously managed large teams of engineers on major projects and is the named inventor on more than 70 US patent applications, as well as a lecturer and prolific author. His representation is a real value-add – for one client, for whom Borella recently devised and executed a patent harvesting strategy which brought forth inventions that led to the drafting of over 200 patent applications. For early-stage companies, he locks in airtight protection for foundational patents, creating a platform for rapid advancement. Doing work of a similar nature, leaders of the electrical practice group Bradley Hulbert and Marcus Thymian are much more vital business partners than just external representatives; both have ample contentious experience, which informs their long-range approach to patenting and strategy. A cutting-edge pharmaceutical and biotech practice rests in the hands of life sciences celebrities Kevin Noonan and Donald Zuhn, who are prized for their thought leadership and insight into where patent law is heading in the sector; their advice is great for today and even better for tomorrow. Over on the litigation side, the picture is one of consistency, with Paul Berghoff overseeing a steady flow of Hatch-Waxman cases. Berghoff’s style is down to earth and he keeps his presentations simple and straightforward, which makes him highly effective. The firm’s prosecution and litigation skill sets come together well in post-grant settings, especially when Grantland Drutchas is conducting the orchestra. Demonstrating impressive versatility, he serves as chair of the PTAB, licensing and litigation and appeals practices.

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 a number of 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, cannabis, chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials, medical device and diagnostics, software and business methods, and telecommunications. Comprised of over 75 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: