Andrew H. Velzen


Andrew H. Velzen is an associate with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. Mr. Velzen provides technological advice in support of validity, infringement, and patentability analysis in the electrical, mechanical and materials, software, and telecommunications areas.

Prior to joining MBHB, Mr. Velzen participated in graduate research under the direction of Dr. Kevin Webb. As a member of Dr. Webb’s research group, Mr. Velzen worked in the areas of electromagnetics, optics, and nanophotonics, with a specific emphasis on the use of nanostructured metallic surfaces for the application of electromagnetic/optical forces on materials. Through this work Mr. Velzen was exposed to a multitude of simulation tools and experimental techniques used in the nanotechnology industry.

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law,

    Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif

  • M.S., Purdue University,

    Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • B.S., University of Notre Dame,

    Electrical Engineering, Cum Laude

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications for individual inventors, startup companies, universities, a Fortune 100 company, and an international research institute.
  • Maintaining data about each patent application and issued patent for the entire patent portfolio of a large corporation.
  • Representing multiple inventors before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on a pro bono basis through work with the Patent Hub at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
  • Performing patentability searches and freedom-to-operate searches, as well as assisting in the rendering of patentability and validity opinions.
  • Performing legal research, including generating a presentation for a client regarding the present state of the law surrounding inventorship.
  • Working with a myriad of technologies, including computer architecture, biological implants, air filtration, social networking, mobile applications, robotics, autonomous vehicles, image analysis and compression, object-recognition algorithms, machine-learning algorithms (both supervised and unsupervised), cryptography, data structures, encryption, data storage, nanotechnology, optics, photonics, nanophotonics, fiber optics, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), fluorescence, microscopy, resonators and waveguides, optical fiber amplifiers, lasers, antennas, radar, electromagnetics, light-field projection, virtual reality, augmented reality, cameras, semiconductor design and fabrication, battery technology, television broadcast technology, and vehicle refrigerant technology.

Published Articles

Andrew H. Velzen, Loot Boxes – Is the Gaming Industry Involved in a Crap Shoot?, 22 Tul. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. (2020)

Andrew H. Velzen, Kevin J. Webb, Electromagnetic force on structured metallic surfaces, Physical Review B 92 (11) 115416 (2015).