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Philip A. Kunz

Fax +1.312.345.9983

Philip A. Kunz is a USPTO registered patent attorney who concentrates his practice on patent portfolio management and counseling, opinion work, due diligence and domestic and international patent prosecution in the areas of mechanical, electrical, software, business method and electromechanical arts.

His practice includes:

  • Conducting portfolio analyses and partnering with clients to: identify competitor technology and IP; evaluate offensive and defensive portfolios for strategic licensing and/or acquisition opportunities; and provide client business units with competitor commercial intelligence informed by patent literature.
  • Drafting and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications involving a wide range of technology including medical devices, infusion pumps, medical diagnostic and monitoring systems, DNA sequencing and PCR devices and methods, nutrition feeding apparatuses and compositions, gaming devices, nanotechnology, food processing and packaging, software and computer systems, and sporting equipment.
  • Providing strategic counseling for and handling of U.S. Inter Partes Review proceedings, reexaminations, and other Post-Grant proceedings.
  • He has secured many U.S. and foreign patent rights for clients ranging from start-ups to large multinational corporations and has advised as to overall patent prosecution strategy.
  • Performing patentability and invalidity analyses and opinions. He counsels clients in patent related matters including claim analysis due diligence for potential portfolio acquisition, patent clearance, invalidity, and non-infringement opinions.
  • Licensing work includes counseling client in identifying and valuing individual IP assets of a cross-licensing settlement agreement that included over one hundred U.S. and foreign patents, applications, and post-grant proceedings.
  • He has experience with patent and intellectual property litigation matters in: patent infringement cases in U.S. District Courts; patent nullity actions in the High Court of Justice in the United Kingdom; revocation proceedings in the Federal Patent Court in Germany; European Patent Office (EPO) opposition proceedings at the EPO Opposition Division; and EPO opposition appeals at the Appeal Board.

Professional Background

Before attending law school, Mr. Kunz was a design engineer for a manufacturer of custom food mixing equipment, at which he created an implemented a product design automation program in a three-dimensional modeling program to streamline the design program.

During his law school studies, Mr. Kunz worked as an in-house IP clerk at a Chicago-based international corporation. While working there, he helped to manage and develop utility and design patent prosecution strategies, filed and managed trademark applications and trademark clearance searches, and conducted research and analysis for digital rights management copyright issues.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • IP Law Association of Chicago
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association