Grantland G. Drutchas is a founder of MBHB and co-Chair of the firm’s PTAB Trials Practice Group and Licensing Practice Group. He represents clients in intellectual property litigation, clearances, and opinions, and supports their patent licensing efforts by drafting licenses and litigating license disputes. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property law, he counsels clients on global patent portfolio strategies. He represents clients in both jury and bench trials and argues appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His experience covers a wide variety of industries, including:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical devices and diagnostics
  • Telecommunication
  • Manufacturing

An intellectual property law thought leader, Mr. Drutchas is a regular columnist for Chicago Lawyer magazine, a frequent guest speaker, and teaches at the Chicago-Kent College of Law as an adjunct professor. Outside of his work at MBHB, he is a board member of the Wicker Park Committee Neighborhood Association and a Local School Council member for a Chicago public elementary school.

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

    Tau Beta Pi

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
    • Vice Chair, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues Committee
    • Former Vice Chair, Licensing Committee
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • Adjunct Professor
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
    • Former Adjunct Professor
  • Chair of the Local School Council and former PTO President, LaSalle II Language Academy, Chicago Public Schools
  • Board Member, Wicker Park Committee Neighborhood Association
  • IPO’s Women in IP Law Committee


  • Best Lawyers in America (2016-2024)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • IAM Patent 1000


  • Represented several leading pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation and licensing efforts.
  • Obtained the largest jury verdict that had ever been awarded in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Obtained a successful jury verdict for a medical device company accused of stealing trade secrets by demonstrating independent development of intellectual property.
  • Successfully represented a manufacturer in a trade secrets case by proving that plaintiff lacked trade secret protection.

Published Articles

“A New Frontier,” Chicago Lawyer, Summer 2023

“All about the money,” Chicago Lawyer, February 2023

“Cease and desist letters are first step in trademark disputes,” Chicago Lawyer, October 2022

“Damages, lawyer fees and more damages,” Chicago Lawyer, July 2022

“Injunction junction,” Chicago Lawyer, March 2022

“Asking the hard questions,” Chicago Lawyer, February 2022

“Intellectual Property Litigation,” Lawyer Monthly, September 2011.