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Grantland G. Drutchas

Grantland G. Drutchas

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Grantland G. Drutchas, a founder and former managing partner of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on litigation, licensing, and client counseling. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials. His litigation experience encompasses disciplines ranging from recombinant DNA technology and cell signaling, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostic instruments, and medical devices to conference phones, lampposts, and injection molds.

He has also litigated trademark and trade dress infringement actions. Mr. Drutchas has been involved in many notable and precedent-setting cases. In one, he obtained the largest jury verdict ever awarded in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He also has had extensive experience in drafting licenses and litigating license disputes.

Published Articles

"Intellectual Property Litigation," Lawyer Monthly, September 2011


Intellectual Property Owners Association

Vice Chair, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues Committee
Former Vice Chair, Licensing Committee

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Adjunct Professor

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Former Adjunct Professor

Illinois Super Lawyers
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and Patent Docs at 2013 BIO International Convention

MBHB Partners Grant Drutchas and Patrick Gattari Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article Addressing New AIA Post-Grant Review Procedures

MBHB Partners Daniel Boehnen and Grantland Drutchas Interview on Subject of Intellectual Property Litigation Appears in Lawyer Monthly Magazine

MBHB Founder Grantland G. Drutchas to speak at 2009 IP Business Congress

MBHB is Official Law Firm Sponsor of 100th Race to Mackinac

Past Events
February 14, 2013 Last Chance! The Top Ten Things In-House Counsel Need to Do to Prepare for The AIA’s March 2013 Deadline (Live Webinar)
Live MBHB Webinar Featuring MBHB Partners Grantland Drutchas and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D.

December 12, 2012 Saving the Best for Last: the Top Ten Things In-House Counsel Need to Do to Prepare for The AIA’s March 2013 Deadline (Live Webinar)
Live MBHB Webinar Featuring MBHB Partners Grantland Drutchas and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D.

September 6, 2012 A Review of the Impact of Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Decisions on Patent Strategy (Live MBHB Webinar)
March 22, 2012 Legal Series: Patent Litigation in 2012

February 23, 2012 Impact of the America Invents Act on Patent Litigation Strategy (Live Webinar) 

February 11, 2013 (snippets Alert) Preparing for the Final Phase of the America Invents Act Going Into Effect March 16, 2013.

The final phase of the America Invents Act (AIA) takes effect on March 16, 2013. This means that any patent application filed in the U.S. on or after that date, which, at any time during its pendency, contains a claim that is not fully supported in an application filed before March 16, 2013, will be subject to the new first-inventor-to-file rules under the AIA. As a result of this imminent change in U.S. patent law, it is recommended that companies consider several options.

Summer 2011 (snippets) The Supreme Court Review of the Federal Circuit: Recent Decisions with Varying Impact

Spring 2010 (snippets) "Notice Pleading" Isn't What It Used to Be

Fall 2005 (snippets) Patent Reform Act of 2005: Recent Developments


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