Robert Ward, Esq.
EDUCATION ♣ De Paul University (J.D. 1971 — full tuition scholarship) ♣ Editor-in-Chief: De Paul Law Review (1970-1971) ♣ Northwestern University (A.B. 1967): Chemistry, National Merit Scholar, Honors Program in Medical Education, 3 NIH Grants TEACHING POSTS ♣ Faculty: De Paul College of Law (1978-1980) ♣ Faculty: IIT: Chicago Kent College of Law (2000) ♣ Faculty: University of Washington Law School (2001) QUALIFICATIONS ♣ Admitted to Bars a. Illinois: 1971 b. Washington: 2001 c. South Carolina (upon examination): 2005 d. Georgia: 2006 e. United States Patent and Trademark Office: 1973 (Registration No. 26,517) CHEMICAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE ♣ De Soto Chemicals Co., (Sears): Des Plaines, IL 1967-1968 Experimental polymers, chemical coatings, detergents, water pollution 1969 (Summer) (Offered full law school tuition) 1970 (Summer) LAW FIRM EXPERIENCE Summary: Lead counsel in over 200 lawsuits; 50 litigation appeals; 100 published cases; Board of Directors and/or Chairman of Litigation Departments for 5 major law firms; prosecuted over 400 patent applications; written hundreds of legal opinions. ♣ BMWipLaw, LLC: Owner (South Carolina and Georgia) Jan. 2016 – present Major duties: Litigation, patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, licensing, dispute resolution, providing legal opinions (patent and trademark), advising in-house counsel. ♣ Dilworth IP, LLP: Partner (Atlanta, GA) Jan. 2011- Dec. 2015 Major duties: associate training, Chief IP Litigator, patent prosecution and licensing, more than 50 litigations since January, 2011 (see PACER data-base). ♣ Thompson Hine, LLP: Partner (Atlanta, GA) Sept.2009 – Jan. 2011 Major duties: associate training, Chief IP Litigator, patent prosecuting and licensing (Reason for leaving: return to small firm life) ♣ Kaplan Ward & Patel, LLP: Partner, Board of Directors (South Carolina and Georgia) Aug. 2005 – Sept. 2009 Major duties: owner; managing partner; supervised 8 lawyers (Reason for leaving: merger opportunity) ♣ McNair Law Firm: Special Senior Counsel (interim contract position)(South Carolina) July 2004 – Aug. 2005 Major duties: assist during senior partner’s sabbatical; litigation; prosecution; associate training ♣ Bose McKinney & Evans LLP: Partner, Intellectual Property Department (Indianapolis, IN) July 2003 – July 2004 Major duties: Chairman, IP Litigation Department; trials, appeals, consultation and strategy; continuing legal education; new business proposals; associate training; patent prosecution in chemistry and biotechnology; organic chemistry, chemical reagents, biotechnology, medical instruments, etc. Major clients including: ٭ Hillenbrand Industries (hospital equipment) ٭ Roche (biotechnology) ٭ Biomet (medical instruments (Reason for leaving: 80% of IP lawyers partners left to join Baker & Daniels (now Faegre, Baker Daniels); Indiana-based Mother died; family desire to move to better climate) ♣ Seed Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC: Partner (Seattle, WA) June 2000-July 2003 Major duties: patent prosecution in chemistry for Ballard etc., in hydrogen batteries, etc.; opinion work in organic chemistry, chemical reagents, biotechnology, medical instruments, etc.; Chairman, litigation department; trials, appeals, consultation and strategy; continuing legal education; new business proposals; associate training Major clients including: ٭ ٭ Competition Specialties, Inc. (high performance auto equipment) ٭ Epoch Biosciences (bio-tech analytical tools) ٭ Frank Russell Company (Russell index-financials) ٭ H.O. Sports (wakeboards) ٭ iCARumba.com (auto repair services) ٭ Kamco Corporation (armored tubing) ٭ Microsoft (software) ٭ Nordstrom (clothing, etc.) ٭ NVST.com (financial services) ٭ Polymedco (chemical reagents) ٭ Stairmaster Corporation (exercise eq.) ٭ Velodyne (stereo speakers) ٭ Worldcatch.com (professional) (Reason for leaving: 40% of partners left to join Davis, Wright & Tremaine; Mother in Indiana was ill) ♣ Hill Steadman & Simpson: Partner, Board of Directors, Chief Opinion Partner (Chicago, IL) 1995-2000 Major duties: Patent prosecution and extensive opinion work for Sony, Siemens, etc.; chief litigation partner; trials, appeals, consultation and strategy, new business proposals; associate training; interfacing with in-house counsel; management of accounts; Board of Directors; patent and trademark opinion approval partner Major clients including: ٭ ٭ Ace Hardware ٭ Baxter Laboratories ٭ Chicago Black Hawks ٭ Columbus Hospital ٭ Fuenté Cigar Company ٭ GATX ٭ General Binding Corp. ٭ Golfsmith ٭ Heidleberg Druckmachinen ٭ Ilco Unican ٭ Illinois Tool Works ٭ Methode ٭ Nestlé Corporation ٭ Rubbermaid ٭ Siemens ٭ Sisters of Charity ٭ Sony ٭ State Farm Insurance ٭ Tempel Steel ٭ Vacuumschmeltze GmbH ٭ Whirlpool ٭ Wm Wrigley Jr. ٭ YKK (Reason for leaving: firm dissolution; needs of daughter in Seattle) ♣ Banner & Witcoff: Partner (Chicago, IL) 1987-1995 Major duties: first chair litigation and extensive patent prosecution and opinion work in organic chemistry, semiconductors and inorganic chemistry, medical instruments, biotechnology, machinery, processing, etc.; billing and management of accounts Major clients including: ٭ ٭ Abbott Laboratories ٭ American Dental ASSN. ٭ Amgen ٭ Anixter ٭ Area-Sorono ٭ ASCAP ٭ Bausch & Lomb ٭ Ben Franklin Stores ٭ Buckeye Steel ٭ Collins & Aikman ٭ Eli Lilly ٭ Emerson Electric ٭ Ford Motor Company ٭ Genentech ٭ General Motors ٭ Hitachi ٭ Honeywell ٭ Meredith Corporation ٭ Micron ٭ Monsanto ٭ NIH ٭ Pfizer ٭ Rainex Corporation ٭ Richard Wolf Medical Inst. ٭ Sara Lee ٭ Servicemaster ٭ Sherwin-Williams ٭ Shure Brothers ٭ Soft Sheen ٭ Standard Oil ٭ STP ٭ Sun Chemcial ٭ University of Chicago ٭ Waste Management ٭ Wells Electronics ٭ Zimmer Orthopedics(Reason for leaving: major firm division forming McDonnell, Boehnen et al.) ♣ Cook, Alex et al.: Associate, Partner and Director (Chicago, IL) 1972-1987 Major duties: initially second chair, later first chair, trials and appeals; intensive general counseling; patent prosecution and associate training; Board of Directors; Compensation Committee Major clients including: ٭ ٭ AM International ٭ Atari ٭ Baxter Laboratories ٭ Beatrice Foods ٭ Bell & Howell ٭ Brunswick ٭ Colgate-Palmolive ٭ Cordis ٭ Corning ٭ Delta Oil Company ٭ Dentsply ٭ Dow Chemical ٭ Fairchild Semiconductor ٭ Fischer-Price Toys ٭ Georgia-Pacific ٭ Haworth Furniture ٭ Helene Curtis ٭ Hiram Walker Distilleries ٭ Hyatt Hotels ٭ Illinois Tool Works ٭ ITT ٭ Jerome Lemelson ٭ Northwestern Machine Co. ٭ Loctite ٭ Marmon Group ٭ Maxon ٭ Medtronic ٭ Montgomery-Ward ٭ Newell Corporation ٭ North American Phillips ٭ Parker-Hannifin ٭ Pharmacia ٭ Quaker Oats ٭ R.R. Donnelley & Sons ٭ Safety-Kleen Corp. ٭ Schlegel Systems, Inc. ٭ Sears ٭ Snap-On Tools ٭ Standard T Chemical ٭ Superior Graphite Co. ٭ Unilever ٭ W.W. Grainger ٭ Xerox ٭ Zenith (Reason for leaving: firm division) ♣ Marshall, Gerstein & Borun: Summer Associate; Associate (Chicago, IL) 1970-1972 Major duties: patent office interviews; patent searching; legal research; brief writing; arguing motions, etc. in court; drafting patent applications Major clients including: ٭ ٭ Alberto Culver ٭ Armour ٭ Barber-Greene ٭ Conoco ٭ Dorr-Oliver ٭ Dow-Corning ٭ Fel-Pro ٭ General Tire ٭ Hartmarx ٭ Inland Steel ٭ Montecatini-Edison ٭ Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom ٭ National Gypsum ٭ Northern Petrochemical ٭ Oscar Mayer ٭ Proctor & Gamble ٭ Rohm & Haas ٭ University of Illinois[accordion_item title=”Show more”]
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