Jeffrey Dixon helps Fortune 500 companies, midsized businesses, small startups and individuals protect their intellectual property — including their patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights — with a particular emphasis on patents. Mr. Dixon has experience in all aspects and phases of intellectual property protection. He helps clients to identify their intellectual property rights and stake a claim to their full value, as well as to protect and, if necessary, enforce those rights against misappropriation or infringement by others. Mr. Dixon also counsels clients on how best to avoid the risk of liability for infringing others' intellectual property rights.
Patent Preparation and Prosecution
Mr. Dixon has drafted and pursued procurement of patent applications directed to a variety of technologies, including passenger vehicle wheel bearing assemblies widely used by a Big-Three U.S. auto maker, bicycle and wheelchair drive systems, high-volume kitchen equipment, dental appliances, grouting tools, staple guns, and software for the quick-service restaurant, health care, hospitality, pet care and assisted living industries.
Mr. Dixon's litigation experience includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark and copyright infringement lawsuits. In the patent arena, he has litigated patents relating to a range of technologies, including vehicle lighting systems, decorative lighting systems, mobile folding tables and seating, sink support mounts, and restaurant menu board construction.
Having advised clients ranging from multinational corporations to individuals on how best to avoid the risk of infringement liability, Mr. Dixon knows how to tailor his services to each client's particular needs. He has performed freedom to practice investigations ranging in scope from a broad-based patent search and analysis, to a review and analysis of a particular company's patents, to analysis of a single patent.
Mr. Dixon has advised clients regarding potential patent infringement concerns at all stages of a product's life cycle, from initial design or redesign, to launch, to responding to an infringement demand letter. Representative technology areas in which he has provided freedom to practice analysis and advice include foods and beverages (for a Fortune 100 company), furniture (utility and design), hand tools, and software.
Mr. Dixon is fluent in Spanish and has provided pro bono representation to self-petitioning, Spanish-speaking immigrants under the immigration provisions of VAWA (the Violence Against Women Act).
Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Mr. Dixon was an associate at an intellectual property boutique firm in Chicago.
During law school, Mr. Dixon served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Julia M. Nowicki, Circuit Court of Cook County.
- American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member
- Chicago Bar Association, Member
- American Society of Mechanical Engineering, Member
Honors & Awards
- Honorable Howard T. Markey Distinguished Scholarship, Recipient
- Fred F. Herzog Scholarship, Recipient
- "Joint Development Agreements," Complex Commercial Contracts: The Legal Principles You Need to Know for Effective Drafting, Madison, Wisconsin, January 13, 2017.
- "¿Cómo Proteger la Propiedad Intelectual?" live interview, Univision Chicago.com, May 2016.
- "Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets," Wisconsin Engineering Law and Ethics Seminar, Halfmoon Education, Inc., Pewaukee, Wisconsin, April 2015.
- "What is Intellectual Property? When to Patent, Trademark or Copyright," NIU-EIGERlab Innovation Network Meetup Event, February 2016.
- "Joint Development Agreements," Complex Commercial Contracts Seminar: The Legal Principles You Need to Know for Effective Drafting, State Bar of Wisconsin, January 2015.
- "Advanced Intellectual Property Law," Patentable Subject Matter In and Out of the U.S., webcast, National Business Institute, December 2014.
- "Advanced Intellectual Property Law," The Current State and Developments in Divided and Indirect Infringement Law, webcast, National Business Institute, December 2014.
- "Advanced Intellectual Property Law," Roundup of 2014 Supreme Court Patent Cases Regarding Indefiniteness, Claim Construction, Award of Attorney Fees, Licensee Challenges and Their Fallout, webcast, National Business Institute, December 2014.
- June 24, 2014Intellectual Property Update
Mr. Dixon is rated an Expert chess player by the U.S. Chess Federation and has played 1st-3rd boards for the five-time Chicago Industrial Chess League champion Downers Grove Chess Club team. His other interests include foreign languages, juggling, music appreciation and computer programming.
Design winner for 2016 Chicagoans for Nebraska T-Shirts offered by the Chicago area chapter of the University of Nebraska alumni association.
Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation: Provide volunteer after-school chess instruction one hour a week.
LL.M., with honors, Intellectual Property Law, The John Marshall Law School, 2008
J.D., cum laude, The John Marshall Law School, 2006
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office