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 1000–The 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.
Christopher Hu concentrates his practice in intellectual property litigation. He has over thirty-five years of experience representing a broad spectrum of clients in patent and trade secret cases and disputes involving a wide range of technologies, including e-commerce, computers, telecommunications devices, medical products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, and mechanical devices.
Mr. Hu speaks frequently at industry events on topics such as the interaction between the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) and litigation, including patent litigation.
Defended Barnes & Noble against Alcatel-Lucent in litigation over patents asserted against website features and e-reader
Defended Barnes & Noble against Xerox in litigation over patents asserted against website features
Defended W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. against Edwards Life Sciences over patents relating to modular stent-grafts
Defended W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. against Medtronic over patents relating to stent-grafts
Defended W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. against Andersen Windows over a patent relating to low visibility insect screens
Defended Sensormatic against Checkpoint over a patent relating to RF anti-theft labels
Defended Rheem Manufacturing Co. against Freedom Flow over a patent relating to water heater drain valves
Represented W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. in a trade secret litigation in Arizona state court against a departing employee
Defended IBM in litigation against TM Patents over patents relating to RAID data storage devices, message routing in parallel processors and DRAM memory controllers
Represented Glaxo against SKB in a litigation and related interference over patents relating to anti-nausea drugs
Represented DuPont in litigation against BASF and Monsanto over sulfonated nylon co-polymers used in stain-resistant carpets
Mr. Hu is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.