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Jeanne M. Gills

Jeanne M. Gills

Foley & Lardner LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Jeanne M. Gills is a Partner and Vice Chair of Foley’s national Intellectual Property Department and also sits on her firm’s Management Committee. She has previously served as the former Vice-Chair of Foley’s IP Litigation Practice.  Over her career, she has tried and been lead counsel in numerous complex patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation and appeals—including PTAB post-grant proceedings—in diverse industries (from electronics to biotechnology).  Her trial experience includes the  TAS v. Cummins trial regarding a technology and trademark license agreement (over $150 MM at stake) and “bet the company” cases such as DeKalb v. Pioneer regarding patents on genetically engineered corn (over $500 MM at stake). 

Her litigation experience has dovetailed into counseling clients on global IP strategy, including work on the division of patent/technology assets for Kraft Foods’ 2012 split (into Kraft Foods and Mondelez) and leading the IP side of M&A transactions, such as recent $1.2 billion deal involving the creation on behalf of power technology companies two JV entities (one in the U.S. and one in Switzerland).

She has been recognized among The Best Lawyers in America (Food & Beverage, 2015-2017; IP Litigation, 2017); Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star (2018) & Top 250 Women in Litigation (2017); IAM Patent 1000The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2017); Crain’s Most Influential Minority Lawyer List (2017); Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP (2013) & IP Stars (2013-17); Legal 500 US (Patent/Trade Secret Litigation, 2007, 2010; Patent Transactional, 2015-2016); Leading Lawyers (Patents, 2012-13, 2017), LawDragon 3000 for IP (2011); Illinois SuperLawyers® (2005, 2006, 2008-2018); “Top Minority IP Partner” by AIPLA & MCCA (2003); Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 by NBA & IMPACT (2010); and the “AV” rated attorneys through Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review process.

She holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree (with honors) from Michigan State University,  a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and she is a registered USPTO patent attorney.  Ms. Gills regularly presents seminars and publishes on a variety of IP topics.  Over her career, she has been a staunch champion of diversity in the legal profession and founded the Chicago Black Partners Alliance in 2012.  (www.chicagoblackpartnersalliance.org)

Jeanne M. Gills is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Patent Litigation 2017: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices
Patent Litigation 2018: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Liane M. Peterson and Rebecca J. Pirozzolo-Mellowes, Foley & Lardner LLP, Conflict Between Granting a Preliminary Injunction and Staying the Case Pending Appeal of the Injunction (June 5, 2017) - Patent Litigation 2017: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Friday, November 17, 2017
Jeanne M. Gills and Justin E. Gray, Foley & Lardner LLP, Supreme Court Holds First Authorized Domestic or International Sale Exhausts U.S. Patent Rights (May 31, 2017) - Patent Litigation 2017: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Friday, November 17, 2017
Cynthia J. Rigsby, Foley & Lardner LLP, The Supreme Court Reverses Decades-Old Venue Precedent and Reaffirms Fourco (May 22, 2017) - Patent Litigation 2017: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Friday, November 17, 2017
Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff, Ramy E. Hanna, and Rebecca J. Pirozzolo-Mellowes, Foley & Lardner LLP, Supreme Court Decision Largely Favors Biosimilar Applicants (June 12, 2017) - Patent Litigation 2017: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Friday, November 17, 2017
Joel T. Diamond and Cynthia J. Rigsby, Foley & Lardner LLP, Supreme Court Reins in International Supplier Liability under U.S. Patent Law (February 23, 2017) - Patent Litigation 2017: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Friday, November 17, 2017
Patent Litigation—How Judges See and Handle Patent Cases, Part 1 - Patent Litigation 2018: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Patent Litigation—How Judges See and Handle Patent Cases, Part 2 - Patent Litigation 2018: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Patent Litigation 2019: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Chicago, IL
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