Kurt W. Rohde is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, where he concentrates on obtaining, evaluating, and enforcing his clients’ intellectual property. He is Chair of the firm’s Mechanical & Materials Practice Group. He regularly serves as patent trial counsel for multi-billion dollar corporations and has 13 years of experience in complex patent litigation. His litigation experience is supported by consistently favorable court decisions and settlements.
Mr. Rohde’s litigation practice includes cost forecasting for clients, pre-filing investigations, eDiscovery management, written discovery, expert witness selection and preparation, depositions, motion practice, trial, settlement, licensing, and appeals. He has consulted on the development of a litigation cost forecasting system for a Top 4 pharmaceutical company and has been repeatedly recognized by clients for his effective cost control in the face of voluminous discovery. He is a regular point-of-contact for both senior in-house counsel and local district counsel regarding strategy, case development, and efficient cost management. Mr. Rohde is a veteran negotiator with opposing parties, where he counsels pragmatic solutions, but also acts as an aggressive client representative. The majority of his work involves new business from satisfied long-term clients.
Mr. Rohde’s practice also includes overseeing domestic and international patent prosecution and patent portfolio management for large multinational clients. He is well versed in the efficient management of foreign patent associates and regularly works with his clients’ internal teams to promote their early and effective identification and patenting of key inventions. His prosecution practice spans across many fields, including: semiconductors, industrial machines, power generation, electronics, telecommunications, software, and aircraft design and control. With a degree in chemical engineering, Mr. Rohde has significant “real world” engineering work experience in industrial manufacturing, aerospace, injection molding, machine design, tooling, and fabrication, as well as software design and development.
Outside of work, Mr. Rohde has a passion for scuba diving around the world and creating small- and large-scale mechanical contraptions for various non-profit and theatrical organizations throughout the Chicago area. He is also an avid builder of custom PCs and has been involved with cryptocurrencies and mining since before the bubble. His recent interests include non-currency blockchain efforts and smart contracts.