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Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l: Supreme Court Rules that General Purpose Computers Cannot Save Claims Directed to Abstract Ideas 2014

Speaker(s): Grantland G. Drutchas, Lawrence H. Aaronson, Michael S. Borella
Recorded on: Jul. 2, 2014
PLI Program #: 60049

Grantland G. Drutchas, a founder and former managing partner of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on litigation, licensing, and client counseling. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials. His litigation experience encompasses disciplines ranging from recombinant DNA technology and cell signaling, pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostic instruments, and medical devices to conference phones, lampposts, and injection molds.

He has also litigated trademark and trade dress infringement actions. Mr. Drutchas has been involved in many notable and precedent-setting cases. In one, he obtained the largest jury verdict ever awarded in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He also has had extensive experience in drafting licenses and litigating license disputes.

Published Articles

"Intellectual Property Litigation," Lawyer Monthly, September 2011


Intellectual Property Owners Association

Vice Chair, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Issues Committee
Former Vice Chair, Licensing Committee

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Adjunct Professor

Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Former Adjunct Professor

Illinois Super Lawyers
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and Patent Docs at 2013 BIO International Convention

MBHB Partners Grant Drutchas and Patrick Gattari Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article Addressing New AIA Post-Grant Review Procedures

MBHB Partners Daniel Boehnen and Grantland Drutchas Interview on Subject of Intellectual Property Litigation Appears in Lawyer Monthly Magazine

MBHB Founder Grantland G. Drutchas to speak at 2009 IP Business Congress

MBHB is Official Law Firm Sponsor of 100th Race to Mackinac

Past Events
February 14, 2013 Last Chance! The Top Ten Things In-House Counsel Need to Do to Prepare for The AIA’s March 2013 Deadline (Live Webinar)
Live MBHB Webinar Featuring MBHB Partners Grantland Drutchas and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D.

December 12, 2012 Saving the Best for Last: the Top Ten Things In-House Counsel Need to Do to Prepare for The AIA’s March 2013 Deadline (Live Webinar)
Live MBHB Webinar Featuring MBHB Partners Grantland Drutchas and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D.

September 6, 2012 A Review of the Impact of Recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Decisions on Patent Strategy (Live MBHB Webinar)
March 22, 2012 Legal Series: Patent Litigation in 2012

February 23, 2012 Impact of the America Invents Act on Patent Litigation Strategy (Live Webinar) 

February 11, 2013 (snippets Alert) Preparing for the Final Phase of the America Invents Act Going Into Effect March 16, 2013.

The final phase of the America Invents Act (AIA) takes effect on March 16, 2013. This means that any patent application filed in the U.S. on or after that date, which, at any time during its pendency, contains a claim that is not fully supported in an application filed before March 16, 2013, will be subject to the new first-inventor-to-file rules under the AIA. As a result of this imminent change in U.S. patent law, it is recommended that companies consider several options.

Summer 2011 (snippets) The Supreme Court Review of the Federal Circuit: Recent Decisions with Varying Impact

Spring 2010 (snippets) "Notice Pleading" Isn't What It Used to Be

Fall 2005 (snippets) Patent Reform Act of 2005: Recent Developments

Michael S. Borella is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm’s Software & Business Methods Practice Group. Dr. Borella provides legal and technological advice in support of validity, infringement, patentability analyses, and litigation matters. His expertise includes networking, Internet telephony, wireless communication technologies, telecommunications, artificial intelligence and machine learning, financial transactions, cloud computing, routing, TCP/IP, computer graphics and imaging, voice and facial recognition, robotics, and mobile applications.

Dr. Borella has drafted or been involved in the prosecution of hundreds of patents in the U.S., as well as in other jurisdictions. He has experience in numerous phases of patent litigation, including invalidity analysis, discovery, motion practice, and claim construction. His practice also includes patentability, validity, and infringement analyses, as well as client counseling with respect to the procurement of all types of intellectual property rights.

Dr. Borella has written extensively on the patent-eligibility of computer-implemented inventions, and has been a featured presenter for several seminars on the topic as well.

Prior to joining MBHB, Dr. Borella served on the management teams of Fastmobile, UTStarcom, and 3Com, and was in charge of several large software engineering projects, managing over 75 software engineers on two continents. He also held the position of adjunct professor at Northwestern University, and has lectured on patent law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Dr. Borella is a named inventor on more than seventy U.S. patent applications and has authored a similar number of academic and technical papers related to networking, telecommunications, and computer science.

Larry H. Aaronson is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and serves as Chair of the firm's Telecommunications Practice Group. Mr. Aaronson's practice has grown over the years to focus primarily on patent prosecution, with a strong emphasis on telecommunications and software technology including cellular wireless communications and computing systems. Clients appreciate Mr. Aaronson's efficiency and skill in managing their respective patent portfolios. In particular, clients admire his attention to relevant detail and ability to communicate sensibly and productively with their engineers and other inventors. Recognizing the important strategic business value of patents, Mr. Aaronson seamlessly assists in-house counsel by interacting directly with inventors and helping to identify and secure protection of key inventions. As such, he can and often does function as an "outside in-house counsel." Given his extensive patent prosecution experience, Mr. Aaronson also routinely trains less experienced attorneys at the firm.

Mr. Aaronson's representative experience includes:
• Representing one of the nation’s major cellular carriers for over twenty years, managing patent prosecution matters and gaining practical expertise in LTE and numerous other wireless communication systems, networks, and services.
• Representing an international medical device manufacturer in patent prosecution matters related to hearing prosthesis technology.
• Representing a large multimedia company in patent prosecution matters related to automatic content recognition and publishing.
• Representing a global technology company in patent prosecution matters involving telecommunications and software related inventions.
• Representing clients in prosecution matters related to other diverse technology areas ranging from Internet of Things (IoT), to user interfaces, to artificial intelligence analysis and development of molecular structures, to DNA image analysis, to collision-repair-shop processing. 

Mr. Aaronson is also a veteran cast member of the Chicago Bar Association’s renowned Bar Show.  In the show since 2000, Larry has played characters including Kermit the Frog, a bed bug, and a recurring role as Rahm Emanuel. Behind the scenes, Larry also serves as the Bar Show's marketing director and graphic artist, designing the cover art and associated materials.