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Jeffrey Dixon helps Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized companies, small startups, and individuals protect their intellectual property, including their inventions, trade secrets, trademarks, and creative works, with a particular emphasis on procuring and monetizing 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 the full value of those rights, as well as to protect, and if necessary, enforce those rights against misappropriation or infringement by others.  

Mr. Dixon also counsels clients regarding the scope and enforceability of the intellectual property rights of others, and how best to avoid the risk of infringement liability.  

Mr. Dixon has drafted and pursued procurement of patent applications directed to a variety of technologies including passenger vehicle wheel bearing assemblies, bicycle and wheelchair drive systems, high-volume kitchen equipment, dental appliances, grouting tools, staple guns, and software / IT / management systems for the quick-service restaurant, health care, hospitality, and pet care and assisted living industries.

His litigation experience includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in trademark infringement cases and in patent infringement cases related to vehicle lighting systems, decorative lighting systems, institutional seating and restaurant menu board construction.

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).

Professional Background

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.

Professional Affiliations

  • 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

Presentations

  • "¿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.

Personal

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. 

  

Education

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

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