Eric R. Moran is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm’s Trademark, Unfair Competition, Advertising Law & Copyright Practice Group. Mr. Moran has experience in all areas of intellectual property law, with particular emphases on litigating and counseling clients on patent, trademark, and domain name issues. Mr. Moran’s litigation experience includes successful district court trials, Federal Circuit appeals, and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. His practice includes a significant concentration in the mechanical, software, electronics, telecommunications, consumer products, and injection molding arts, with a particular expertise in diagnostic and medical device litigation and counseling.
Mr. Moran has experience with Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings, which includes successfully arguing at an oral hearing before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that claims were unpatentable, as well as successfully obtaining a denial of institution decision in favor of a patent owner.
In addition to litigation, Mr. Moran assists Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and individuals in the procurement of utility patents, design patents, and trademarks—from clearance through appeal. Mr. Moran actively manages global trademark portfolios and develops global brand building and protection strategies for clients, and regularly conducts sophisticated trademark searches and renders clearance, validity, and infringement opinions involving both patent and trademark rights.
Mr. Moran frequently counsels clients on and prepares intellectual property license and transfer agreements, and has coordinated due diligence on complex intellectual property transactions. He also routinely handles unfair competition, false advertising, trade dress, design patent, and copyright matters.
Prior to joining MBHB, Mr. Moran worked for five years as an engineering consultant in the process and petrochemical industries, specializing in assisting clients to design, engineer, and construct processing facilities.
Away from work, Mr. Moran can usually be found biking along the lakefront or coaching his two sons on soccer and baseball fields throughout Chicago.
With High Honors, Order of the Coif; Chicago-Kent Law Review, Editor in Chief
Eric R. Moran, Pot of Gold?, Intellectual Property Magazine (November 4, 2019).
Eric R. Moran, Proposed rule requiring U.S. attorneys to represent foreign applicants in U.S. trademark applications, The Trademark Lawyer, (December 2018).
Eric R. Moran, Music Modernization Act of 2018 Signed Into Law by President Trump, Snippets Alert (October 11, 2018).
Eric R. Moran, Aaron V. Gin, and Sanat Bhole, Supplemental Exam: Potential Benefits vs. Guaranteed Risks, Law 360 (November 1, 2016).
Eric R. Moran and James M. McCarthy, Impact of New EU Rules on US Brand Owners, Intellectual Property Magazine (September 1, 2016).
James M. McCarthy, Eric R. Moran and Colin Wright, 5 Ways Brexit May Impact Your Intellectual Property Rights, Law.com (July 26, 2016).
Eric R. Moran, 7 Legal Points to Consider About Ad Claims, Target Marketing (January 29, 2016).