Kirsten L. Thomson is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm’s Medical Device & Diagnostics Practice Group. Ms. Thomson’s practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution and litigation. She specializes in the areas of patent prosecution and counseling regarding medical devices, equipment and methods of use including stents, stent deployment devices, occluders, wound drainage systems, drug delivery devices, drug infusion balloons, catheters, traction devices and breast pumps. She also works in the fields of mechanical, electrical, and telecommunications technology. Her patent litigation experience spans an array of technologies, including LED lighting, ceiling fans, electronic trading software, medical devices, lithium batteries, and telecommunications products.
Ms. Thomson also has developed a niche practice in the fashion industry. In this arena, she has deployed an integrated approach that leverages a combination of design patents, trademarks/trade dress and copyrights. Through this approach, she has obtained long term IP protection for clothing that includes, high performance athletic wear and accessories, outerwear, loungewear, undergarments, headwear and footwear.
Ms. Thomson has extensive experience as local counsel in the Northern District of Illinois for cases involving patent infringement claims and is intimately familiar with the district court’s local patent rules.
Prior to joining MBHB, Ms. Thomson worked for Delphi Automotive Systems as a manufacturing engineer for fuel injectors and cam lifters. She also worked as a product development engineer for 3M in the patient assessment lab with a focus on stethoscopes and for Johnson Controls Incorporated as an engineer in the automotive seating division.