Clients engage Christopher M. Cavan to help them build their global patent portfolios. With more than three decades of experience in intellectual property law, Mr. Cavan specializes in helping companies prepare and prosecute patent applications and developing worldwide patent portfolios. He also has broad experience representing clients in both federal district and appellate courts. Mr. Cavan’s lengthy experience in patent litigation strengthens his depth of expertise in intellectual property law.

Drawing on his background in mechanical engineering, Mr. Cavan secures and enforces intellectual property rights for innovations in the mechanical and electrical arts. He has been involved in securing patents, and enforcing patents, and defending infringement lawsuits in a variety of technologies, including:

  • Handheld devices
  • Vehicle suspensions and vehicle components
  • Recycling equipment
  • Compact discs/DVDs
  • Police-related equipment
  • Robotics
  • Fishing lures and reels
  • Circuit breaker housings
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Vehicle diagnostics
  • Hot runner systems
  • Thermoforming technology and products
  • Hand tools
  • Floor warming systems
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Balloon-based internet systems
  • Electrically tethered aerial vehicles for electricity generation
  • Electronic trading
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

Mr. Cavan served 10 years as an adjunct professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. During this time, he developed and taught the course, “Practice Before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.” In addition, he spent many years teaching Management Forum courses in London, where he educated European attorneys regarding U.S. patent law.

Outside of the office, Mr. Cavan is an avid fisherman who has participated in the sport all around the world. Throughout the years, he has also amassed an impressive collection of antiquarian fishing books.

  • B.S., Northwestern University,

    Mechanical Engineering

  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law,

    Cum Laude, Loyola Law Journal, Student Articles Editor

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • Adjunct Professor (1999-2008), Co-developed and taught the course, “Practice Before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.”


  • Helped a global manufacturer build a worldwide patent portfolio for heavy duty truck suspensions and other vehicle components.
  • Supported the growth of a global technology company’s patent portfolio related to unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • Secured worldwide patents for clients providing electrical components such as circuit breaker housings and lighting fixtures in hazardous environments.
  • Supported successful litigation efforts for companies across a range of industries, including consumer electronics, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications.