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Edward D. Manzo

Edward D. Manzo

Husch Blackwell LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Edward D. Manzo
Husch Blackwell LLP

With deep knowledge in intellectual property law, Edward is known for his groundbreaking patent work in the courtroom, the classroom and the legal community. With a degree in Physics, his experience extends across a broad range of technologies. He has resolved patent and trademark infringements and misappropriations for manufacturers of semiconductors, consumer goods, computing systems, infrastructure materials and medical technology. Edward, a member of Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, traces his industry connection to his prelaw days when he operated equipment in a factory and worked as a motorcycle mechanic for Honda. His industry experience include:

  • Defending three lawsuits against a manufacturer of plastic and metal tables and chairs.
  • Securing injunctive relief for Japanese tool­making company in a family name dispute.
  • Limiting damages for patent infringement involving a certain type of conveyor belt to $1 plus costs.

For one individual patent owner, Edward won five consecutive appeals at the Federal Circuit, establishing an exception to Supreme Court law in one case, rewriting the equitable defense of laches in three others, and reversing an inequitable conduct ruling in yet another.

In 2007 Edward assimilated his decades of patent law experience into “The Claim Construction Game,®” a unique teaching tool in patent claim interpretation for professionals in the legal field. He has taught the doctrinal patent law course at DePaul University College of Law and has led dozens of lectures for the Patent Resources Group, law schools, bar associations and Intellectual Property Inns of Court.

Active in the legal community, Edward is either author or co­author of four respected reference books: one focuses on patent claim interpretation law in the United States; the second covers the same topic on a global basis; the third and fourth examine the America Invents Act. He co­authored the pattern jury instructions adopted by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, in 2008 and the local patent rules adopted in 2009 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. One of his books on claim construction has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and several federal district courts. Before joining the firm in 2010, Edward was a shareholder and co­founder of Cook Alex Ltd. in Chicago.


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