Jane Schlicht focuses her practice in complex business and intellectual property litigation. She has substantial experience in the litigation of disputes at both the state and federal levels throughout the country. Ms. Schlicht counsels and advises her clients on matters involving patents, trademarks and copyright infringement, as well as disputes involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets. She also handles trademark and copyright registrations and Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings, and counsels her clients in business contracts and transactions.
Ms. Schlicht has extensive trial experience in both state and federal court. A selection of her representative cases includes:
- Kasten v. Doral Dental USA, LLC, 301 Wis.2d 598, 2007 WI 76, 733 N.W.2d 300 (2007) (member rights to company documents of an LLC)
- Harold Sampson Children’s Trust, et al v. Linda Gale Sampson 1979 Trust, 265 Wis.2d 803, 667 N.W.2d 831 (2004) (attorney-client privilege)
- S.A. Healy v. MMSD, 50 F.3d 476 (7th Cir. 1995) (differing site conditions)
- S.A. Healy Co. V. MMSD, 60 F.3d 305 (7th Cir. 1996) (Wisconsin Statute for Offers of Settlement applied in diversity cases)
- Dillingham-Healy-Grow-Dew v. MMSD, 796 F. Supp. 1191 (E.D. Wis. 1992) (offers of settlement)
- Kerrigan v. American Orthodontics, 960 F.2d 43 (7th Cir. 1992) (duties of issuer of securities to beneficial stock owners)
- Market Street Associates v. Frey, et al., 941 F.2d 588 (7th Cir. 1991) (contractual good faith duties)
- J.T. Eaton & Company, Inc. v. Bell Laboratories, Inc., 168 F.3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 1998) (patent infringement)
Some of Ms. Schlicht’s intellectual property cases include:
- Senior Technologies, Inc. v. RF Technologies, Inc., 58 F.Supp. 2d 1076 (D. Neb. 1999), aff’d 13 Fed. App. 930, 2001 WL 392091 (Fed Cir. 2001), cert. granted and judgment vacated 535 US 1108, on remand ruled not infringed 2003 WL 22148908 (Fed Cir. 2003) (Successfully defended patent infringement claims involving RFID personal monitoring systems.)
- Instantel v. RF Technologies, Inc., (E.D. WI) (pursued patent infringement involving RFID computer-controlled infant security system)
- Svedala Industries, Inc. v. Fuller Co., (E.D. PA) (pursued patent infringement involving lime-calcining equipment)
- Svedala Industries, Inc., v. Rock Engineered Machinery, Inc., (arbitration) (pursued patent infringement involving tertiary rock-crushing equipment)
- Lindeman Recycling Equipment, Inc. v. The Harris Waste Management Group, (W.D. N.C.) (pursued patent infringement involving recycling/baler equipment)
- J-Star Industries, Inc. v. Valmetal, Inc., (W.D. WI) (pursued trade dress infringement concerning silo unloaders)
- J.T. Eaton Co. v. Bell Laboratories, et al., (W.D. WI) (pursued patent infringement involving “Stick-Em” rodent glue traps)
Ms. Schlicht joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in October 2011. Previously she was a shareholder at Cook & Franke S.C., in Milwaukee.
Ms. Schlicht began her legal career in 1983 at Whyte & Hirschboeck, S.C. In 1985 she moved to Godfrey & Kahn S.C. She joined Cook & Franke in 1997, remaining there until joining Hinshaw’s Milwaukee office.
From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Schlicht was a member and Chair of the Special Preliminary Review Panel of the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation, having been appointed by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. She was also appointed to the Advisory Committee to study cost and delay in the Wisconsin federal court system by then-Chief Judge Robert W. Warren.
In addition to her other law school accomplishments, Ms. Schlicht was the Student Articles Editor of the Marquette Law Review
Ms. Schlicht is a Master in the Thomas E. Fairchild Inns of Court and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Her professional memberships also include the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Wisconsin State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and the Outstanding Lawyers of America.
She holds the AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability.
Ms. Schlicht is one of the authors of “Contract Law in Wisconsin
,” which is published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. Ms. Schlicht’s other publications include:
Ms. Schlicht is a frequent lecturer on trial practice and procedure, e-discovery, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, the Wisconsin ethics rules and contract drafting and disputes. She has been a guest lecturer at Marquette University Law School on e-discovery, ethics and trial practice and procedure. Her presentations include “Non-Competition Clauses,” at the State Bar of Wisconsin’s “Contract Drafting Issues in Wisconsin” conference in Madison, Wisconsin, January 2012.