McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff is an intellectual
property law firm with offices in Illinois, California, and North
Carolina. The firm's client list includes Fortune 100 companies,
mid-size companies, start-ups, and academic institutions.
Speaking the Language of Law and Science
MBHB's practice areas encompass all aspects of intellectual
property law. Approximately 50 percent of the firm's practice is
devoted to patent and trademark prosecution and counseling; the
other 50 percent is devoted to litigation. MBHB attorneys are
experienced in the procurement, licensing, enforcement and defense
of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair
competition actions in a number of technological disciplines and
product categories including biotechnology, business methods,
chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials, pharmaceuticals and
diagnostics, software and telecommunications.
To best protect its clients' technology assets, 100 percent of
the firm's attorneys and technical advisors hold science or
engineering degrees. Of these, nearly 50 percent of the firm's
attorneys and technical advisors hold Ph.D.s or other advanced
Proving that IP boutiques can hang with the BigLaw folks, MBHB
was recognized in the 2015 edition of U.S. News-Best
Lawyers "Best Law Firms" at the national and metropolitan levels.
At the national level and Chicago-metro level, the firm ranked in
Biotechnology Law, Litigation-Intellectual Property,
Litigation-Patent, Patent Law, and Trademark Law.
In addition, MBHB is favorably ranked among top law firms in
annual editions of Chambers USA in the category of Intellectual
Property. Chambers USA determined that MBHB is composed of
"outstanding and consistently excellent patent lawyers" and that
the "firm is very strategic and very practical." MBHB was
recognized as "doing a good job in biotechnology and chemicals with
some fine lawyers."
Keeping Up in Tech
Although some lawyers shy away from technology, the attorneys at
MBHB are using it to their advantage. Partners Dr. Donald Zuhn,
Jr., Dr. Kevin Noonan, and Dr. Andrew Williams co-author the Patent
Docs blog (www.patentdocs.org), and other MBHB practitioners
contribute as well. The blog features recent developments in patent
law, including patent case rulings and information on new biotech
and pharma cases, and the ABA Journal included it in its
2014 Blawg 100.