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Patrick Patras devotes his practice to intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on patent litigation. He has extensive experience in all aspects of patent litigation and has tried patent infringement cases in federal court, as well as in the arbitration setting. Mr. Patras represents clients in a variety of industries, including computers and electronics. He also counsels clients on intellectual property rights, including providing patent infringement and validity opinions and performing due diligence for transactions involving intellectual property, including for mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Patras also has significant experience in the areas of trademark and patent prosecution.

Professional Background

Mr. Patras joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in February 2011. Previously he spent 19 years at Jenner & Block, in Chicago, where he began his legal career as an associate in 1992, becoming a partner in 2000.

Mr. Patras was an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law from 2001 to 2003, where he taught an intellectual property litigation course.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Representative Matters

A selection of Mr. Patras’s representative matters includes:

Patent

  • Oracle Corp. v. Parallel Networks – represented patent owner in litigation relating to managing dynamic web page generation requests in a case that settled three days prior to a May 2011 jury trial.
  • Cargill, Inc. v. Canbra Foods, Ltd. et al. – represented accused infringers including Dow AgroSciences in successful two-week jury trial and appeal relating to four Cargill patents on specialty canola oil.
  • Cryovac v. Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc. – represented accused infringer in successful two-week jury trial relating to polymer films.
  • Ovonic Battery Co. v. Matsushita and Toyota – represented patent owner in successful three-week ICC arbitration hearing on three patents relating to nickel metal hydride batteries in Toyota Prius.
  • 1st Media LLC v. Electronic Arts et al. – represented accused infringers Viacom, Inc., Electronic Arts, Inc. and Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. in litigation relating to Rock Band video game, resulting in the unenforceability of the patent-in-suit.
  • Funai Electric v. Zenith Electronics – represented accused infringer in litigation relating to television tuners.
  • Hitachi Ltd. v. EMC – represented Hitachi as patent owner and accused infringer in litigation relating to RAID memory systems.
  • Hitachi Ltd. v. Samsung – represented Hitachi as patent owner and accused infringer in litigation relating to CRTs.
  • Hitachi Ltd. v. Samsung – represented Hitachi as patent owner and accused infringer in litigation relating to DRAMs.

Trademark and Copyright

  • Sinclair & Rush, Inc., v. The Coleman Company  – trade dress for cup holders.
  • The Coleman Company v. Brunswick Corporation – trademark and trade dress for lanterns.
  • The Coleman Company v. Dorcy International – trademark and trade dress for lanterns.
  • TSR, Inc., v. Game Designers’ Workshop, Inc. – trademark and copyright for fantasy role-playing game.

Presentations

  • "Patent Trolls – How to Effectively Deal With the Inevitable," Internet Marketplace Risk Management Conference, San Francisco, California, September 14, 2016. 

  • "Joint Development Agreements: Protecting Intellectual Property," National Business Institute, webinar, May 2014.
  • "There Is No Such Thing As A Good Faith Intent To Deceive,” presented at the American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 2007.

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 1992

B.S., with honors, Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1989

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