James E. Gauger is of counsel with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. Mr. Gauger has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property (IP) law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, and trade secrets. His practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution, patent litigation, IP transactions, strategic counseling, due diligence investigations, post-grant proceedings, and licensing. Mr. Gauger has represented clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

As a registered patent attorney, Mr. Gauger has helped obtain U.S. and foreign patents for clients in a wide range of technologies, including communications, semiconductor fabrication processes, computer hardware, storage, software, control systems, robotics, medical devices, and electro-mechanical technologies. Mr. Gauger also has experience representing clients in all stages of complex intellectual property and patent litigation at the trial court and appellate court levels. He has represented clients in post-grant proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), reexaminations, and reissues.

Prior to joining MBHB, Mr. Gauger served as in-house counsel to Motorola, Inc., where he was the Senior Director of the Global Strategic IP Counseling and Transaction group. In this role, he provided strategic IP counsel and transactional support in connection with Motorola’s acquisitions, divestitures, strategic alliances, joint ventures, consortiums, and equity investments. Mr. Gauger also served as IP counsel to Motorola’s Product Networking Group where he was responsible for all intellectual property matters of the business, including the development and management of strategic patent portfolios.

Mr. Gauger also worked as an electrical engineer for Motorola, Inc. in the Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group. As an electrical engineer, he was responsible for the design and development of automotive diagnostic and testing systems.

  • J.D., Marquette University
  • B.S., Iowa State University,

    Electrical Engineering

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