Mitch is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and primarily works in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, U.S. and foreign trademark applications, and U.S. copyright applications. In addition, he has extensive experience in patentability and infringement analyses and opinions, patent and trademark licensing, and client counseling relating to the retention and transfer of intellectual property rights. Mitch also has extensive experience in international patent strategies, filings and prosecution. He has assisted clients in introducing new products and innovations to their respective marketplaces in the U.S. and abroad through strategic counseling, state-of-the-art searching and the preparation of clearance and right-to-use opinions. Recently, he assisted clients in carrying out worldwide patent programs spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Mitch’s technical acumen spans a wide variety of industries, including liquid and solid food packaging including packaging machines and processes, paper-based and polymer-based packaging materials and package closures. He has also worked with devices and materials for food and non-food bulk packaging, construction materials (tools, consumables and chemicals), printing and marking systems (electrical, mechanical and electro-mechanical), molding systems, industrial chemical compositions including adhesives, lubricants and masking agents, chemical process systems, medical devices, automotive products, sporting goods, entertainment and novelty devices, piping and structural attachments, and radioactive and other chemical processes.

Prior to his legal career, Mitch was a licensed professional engineer and an engineering manager with a large, multinational engineering consulting firm specializing in piping system flow analyses, piping system failure prediction, and radioactive waste processing and disposal.

Mitch has been quoted on various Intellectual Property Issues in numerous publications such as:  IP Law 360, Bloomberg News, and The Deal.  In 1994, Mitch was admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Mitch is a member of numerous international, national and local IP organizations and is an active member in areas including patents, designs and law school outreach. Mitch continues to mentor law students to provide them with an understanding of expectations as IP practitioners.

  • Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1993

    Court Admissions: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

    Education: State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S., 1980, Chemical Engineering
    John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1993, with honors

  • Memberships: American Bar Association
    American Intellectual Property Law Association
    Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
    Member of the 2010 IP Law360 Advisory Board

  • Honors & Awards: Member of the 1992 Giles Rich National Moot Court Championship team, John Marshall Law School
    Named a Leading Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Network, 2007, 2016