Devon Beane is an intellectual property lawyer concentrating her practice on patent litigation, appellate litigation, post-grant practice at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, patent licensing, and client counseling. She has a bachelor of science in chemistry. Devon recently played a lead role in the pretrial and trial efforts that led to a significant reduction in recoverable damages, including drafting and arguing motions for summary judgment and Daubert motions, as well as direct and cross examination of fact and expert witnesses at trial. Devon is a member of the Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois.
Devon is experienced in all phases of patent litigation, including fact and expert discovery, witness preparation, discovery and dispositive motion practice, claim construction practice, and trial and post-trial proceedings. Devon is also experienced in all phases of Federal Circuit appeals, including initial filings, motion practice, substantive briefs, en banc proceedings, and hearing preparation.
Devon’s patent litigation matters include cases in district courts across the country, in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in the International Trade Commission, both supporting and in defense of charges of patent infringement. Devon’s patent litigation experience spans a diverse set of technologies, including in the fields of train control systems, medical devices, chemical processes, stem cell technology, wireless services, vehicle tracking devices, oil and gas, automotive parts, and pharmaceuticals.
Devon also has experience with complex patent licensing agreements, trade secret litigation, unfair competition and Lanham Act litigation, breach of contract claims, employment restrictive covenant disputes, and pro bono asylum matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Devon served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Franklin U. Valderrama, the Honorable Sebastian T. Patti, and the Honorable William O. Maki in the General Chancery Division of the Cook County Circuit Court. As a judicial clerk, Devon drafted written opinions and bench memoranda on complex litigation matters, including temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, class actions, and declaratory judgment actions. She also worked as an intellectual property research associate for the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Economic Sciences.
During law school, Devon was a member of the Patent Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law. As a member of the Patent Clinic, Devon reviewed invention disclosures, performed patentability searches and drafted a patent application for University of Illinois student inventors. Devon received the CALI Award for the highest grade in the Patent Clinic.
Additionally, she conducted several trials as a Senior Law Student Licensed under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 with the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.
- Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
- Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law (Co-Chair, Programming Committee)
- The Richard Linn American Inn of Court (Member)
- Working in the Schools (Third Grade Mid-Day Mentor)
- Elizabeth Ann Seton Food Pantry and Sandwich Kitchen (Volunteer)
- Federal Circuit Bar Association (Member)
- Daughters of the American Revolution (Member)
- “Fed. Circ. Highlights Gravity of Patent Marking Compliance,” Law360, March 2020
- “Key Design Patent Takeaways from Fed. Circ.’s Ford Decision,” Law360, August 2019
- “Harmonize Your Trade Secret Protection to Protect Your Assets,” ACC Docket, December 2017
- “Whose Right Is It Anyway? The Evisceration of an Infringer’s Seventh Amendment Right in Patent Litigation,” University of Illinois Law Review, October 2011