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Jeanne M. Gills

Jeanne M. Gills

Foley & Lardner LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Jeanne M. Gills is a Partner in Foley & Lardner LLP’s Chicago office.  She is Vice Chair of Foley’s national Intellectual Property Department and the former Vice-Chair of Foley’s IP Litigation Practice. She handles 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 2013 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).  Over her career, she has tried and been lead counsel in numerous patent, trademark, and other IP disputes involving pharmaceuticals, chemical/biotech technology, consumer products, wireless technologies, computer software, business and advertising methods, and food/beverage products.

Her litigation experience has dovetailed into counseling clients on global IP strategy with emphasis on negotiating agreements involving IP rights.  Recent experience includes involvement in the division of patent/technology assets for Kraft Foods’ 2012 split (into Kraft Foods and Mondelez) and negotiation and drafting of several IP and joint venture agreements for Fortune 500 companies, including recent 2017 multi-hundred million transaction involving the creation of 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), IAM Patent 1000The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2017), 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), LawDragon 3000 for IP (2011), Illinois SuperLawyers® (2005, 2006, 2008-2017), “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.

Jeanne M. Gills is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Patent Litigation 2016
Patent Litigation 2017: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Two Recent Decisions Put Alice “Step One” on Center Stage at The Federal Circuit (June 1, 2016) - Patent Litigation 2016, Friday, November 18, 2016
In re: TC Heartland LLC: Status Quo for Venue Selection in Patent Suits (For Now) (May 25, 2016) - Patent Litigation 2016, Friday, November 18, 2016
Magnum Offers New Path for Challenging AIA Decisions: Burden of Production (July 26, 2016) - Patent Litigation 2016, Friday, November 18, 2016
The New AIA Rules May Help Patent Owners Avoid Trial (April 5, 2016) - Patent Litigation 2016, Friday, November 18, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, and Affirms Federal Circuit’s Lack of Authority to Review Inter Partes Review Institution Decisions (June 21, 2016) - Patent Litigation 2016, Friday, November 18, 2016
Supreme Court Deals Blow to Diagnostic Method Patents, Denies Cert in Sequenom (June 28, 2016) - Patent Litigation 2016, Friday, November 18, 2016
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, Thursday, October 12, 2017
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, Thursday, October 12, 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, Thursday, October 12, 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, Thursday, October 12, 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, Thursday, October 12, 2017
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Patent Litigation 2018: Advanced Techniques & Best Practices, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Chicago, IL
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