Emerging Companies & Entrepreneurs

Emerging Companies & Entrepreneurs

Legal and business advisers who protect your innovations

MBHB practitioners are trusted legal and business advisers to emerging companies and entrepreneurs. Clients seek our counsel on intellectual property matters from the initial concept stage to product and launch and beyond.

We support organizations across the intellectual property lifecycle through patent prosecution, trademark and copyright portfolio development and management, licensing, litigation and more.

Drawing on our deep legal expertise, as well as wide-ranging scientific and technical knowledge, we help emerging companies and entrepreneurs understand the intersection between IP strategy and business performance, minimize risk, and position their innovations for investor interest and success in the marketplace.


Combining IP strategy and business strategy

Securing IP protection is often critical to attract investors, raise capital, and develop licensing agreements to take inventions to market. Therefore, our work with startups and entrepreneurs sits at the intersection of IP law and business strategy. For example, we help organizations:

  • Develop and prosecute patent portfolios that are attractive to prospective investors
  • Map out strategies to avoid infringement and litigation risks
  • Negotiate licenses and other technology related agreements with partners who can support product launches.

We also help investors make informed business decisions by providing patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions and performing due diligence to vet the quality and strength of patents.


A commitment to fostering innovation

Alongside our work for startup clients, we are committed to educating entrepreneurs on IP law matters and fostering innovation in the startup community, especially in our hometown of Chicago. We work closely with technology incubators in the Chicago area by mentoring entrepreneurs and emerging companies on IP and business issues.

At MBHB, we are committed to supporting innovations. By helping entrepreneurs and emerging companies proactively protect their IP, we help them bring groundbreaking innovations to market and achieve business success.


At McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, we work to obtain broad and comprehensive protection for our clients’ intellectual property, enhancing value through the application of our technological and legal expertise. Our practice areas encompass all aspects of intellectual property law – including litigation, prosecution, and counseling; as well as copyright, patent, trade secrets, and trademark, unfair competition and advertising law.

Each of our experienced attorneys is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We negotiate patent licenses and help our clients establish and manage patent portfolios worldwide. Our core technical competency is extensive. Our attorneys have practical industry experience in a number of technological disciplines and product categories including cannabis, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials, medical device and diagnostics, software and business methods, and telecommunications.

At MBHB, we know high-technology industries, and we know the law. We work with our clients to provide them with the benefit of our extensive knowledge and experience, so that they can rest assured that their technology assets are protected.

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