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Jacob C. Vannette

Fax +1.312.827.2498
Jacob Vannette is a PTO-registered lawyer with a technical background in mechanical engineering. He focuses his practice on patent and trademark litigation, appellate litigation, administrative proceedings at both the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and portfolio management and brand protection.

Mr. Vannette is experienced in nearly all phases of patent and trademark litigation, including fact and expert discovery, preliminary and permanent injunction requests, witness preparation, discovery and dispositive motion practice, claim construction, trial preparation, and trial and post-trial practice. His patent experience covers a range of technologies, including control systems, electrical devices, communications systems, and materials science, while his trademark experience extends across a variety of industries, including fashion and nutrition. Mr. Vannette also has extensive appellate experience, particularly in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has engaged in the full range of appellate litigation, from initial filings, to motion practice, brief drafting and submission, hearing preparation, and oral argument.

Mr. Vannette routinely practices in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has prepared numerous inter partes review petitions and expert declarations at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of petitioners for patents covering a variety of technologies. He has also represented clients in many opposition and cancellation matters at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Vannette regularly advises clients on global brand portfolios and protection and enforcement of trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property rights. Mr. Vannette also handles patent portfolio management, including patent prosecution, freedom-to-operate study work, due diligence, and counseling. His prosecution experience extends to diverse mechanical and electrical technologies, including aerospace devices, hydrodynamic systems, software, and electromechanical devices.

Mr. Vannette also has an active pro bono practice, representing clients at the PTO, asylum applicants in immigration court, supporting a guardian ad litum, and representing veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Professional Background

Mr. Vannette was a summer associate at K&L Gates’ Chicago office in 2015. While in law school, Mr. Vannette gained patent prosecution experience working for the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, IN, drafting applications involving a variety of technologies. He also participated in the State Appellate Defender clinic, representing an indigent criminal defendant in an appeal. In 2014, he interned with the in-house intellectual property group at Rolls-Royce North America, where he engaged in patent prosecution, strategic portfolio management, and business development activities.

While attending Villanova University, Mr. Vannette was a member of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. During his final year at Villanova, Mr. Vannette travelled to Nicaragua as a member of an engineering service team tasked with designing, building, and maintaining gravity-driven water networks for remote villages.

  • Represented plaintiff in trademark infringement, unfair competition, and cybersquatting in the Northern District of Illinois and obtained favorable judgment, a multi-million dollar damages award, and an injunction.
  • Served as appellate counsel for the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois in the Federal Circuit and secured a Rule 36 affirmance related to a request for attorneys’ fees.
  • Served as trial counsel for supplier to rail and transportation industries in two-week jury trial on eight patents. Favorable pre-trial damages rulings significantly limited potential exposure. Case is ongoing.
  • Represents domestic and foreign corporations in patent litigation in federal district courts across the United States and in administrative proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Represents domestic corporations in trademark litigation and brand protection in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and federal district courts across the United States.
  • Represents veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
  • Represented asylum applicant in immigration court and obtained asylum for client.