Margaret A. Herrmann
“I am a strong advocate who relentlessly strives to assist my clients in achieving their immediate objectives while bearing in mind their overall goals and values.”

Margaret A. HerrmannAssociate

120 South LaSalle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60603VCard
312.577.7007 fax
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J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, 2017, magna cum laude
B.S., Chemistry, North Central College, 2014


Technical Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

IllinoisU.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • 2019 Alumna of the Year
  • Recipient of CALI Awards in Evidence, Ethics & Advocacy, Trial Advocacy 1, and Law of Social Networks
  • Bar and Gavel Society Inductee
  • Order of the Coif
  • Dean’s Distinguished Public Service Award
  • Chicago-Kent Certificate of Service
  • Clinton E. Stryker Outstanding Commitment to Service Award
  • Clinton E. Stryker Distinguished Service Award

Margaret A. “Peggy” Herrmann is a registered patent attorney whose intellectual property law practice currently encompasses patent preparation and prosecution, IP litigation, patent post-issuance proceedings, and product clearance and legal opinions. She has worked with clients engaged in diverse areas including food science, food packaging, medical devices, rail transportation, automotive braking systems, building materials, personal mobility devices, and semiconductors.  

Peggy also has experience in conducting advertising clearance and drafting office action responses for trademark prosecution. She served as a member of a litigation team enforcing copyrights for an independent author.

While attending Chicago-Kent College of Law, Peggy served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Peggy was also a supervising manager and volunteer at the Self-Help Web Center at the Cook County Circuit Court for nearly three years. There she assisted pro se litigants with writing and filing motions, complaints, and fee waivers, while training and supervising other volunteers as well. In addition, Peggy served as a volunteer law clerk at the Chicago-Kent Patent Hub, assisting attorneys in providing pro bono patent prosecution services to under-resourced inventors.

Prior to law school, Peggy worked as a paralegal at a Chicago-area law firm for four years, drafting settlement agreements and discovery responses and conducting legal research and analysis, among other responsibilities.

Member of team representing patent owner in defense of various semiconductor-related patents in inter partes review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Contributions include drafting preliminary responses, patent owner responses, and expert declarations for review by expert and partners.

Performs freedom-to-operate and patentability analyses for global food company.

Drafts office action responses, appeal briefs, and reply briefs for patent prosecution of medical appliances, food products, and food packaging.

Prosecutes provisional, design, and utility applications for global food company and rupture disc manufacturer.

Prepared provisional application for a specialty apparatus for a global manufacturer.

Analyzed and prepared an invalidity/non-infringement clearance opinion for a rail transportation company.

Researched and drafted petition for inter partes review for a personal mobility device.


  • “IP Law Boot Camp for Non-IP Attorneys,” Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, April 25, 2019.
  • “Law School, Intellectual Property, and the Path from Chemistry to the Legal Profession,” North Central College, Naperville, Ill., November 12, 2018.
  • “Advanced Obviousness Analysis: Understanding the Reasonable Expectation of Success Doctrine,” Fitch Even Webinar, with David A. Gosse, May 31, 2018.
  • Panelist, Legal Ethics roundtables, Paralegal Studies program, College of DuPage, 2013, 2014.


  • “Identifying Your Trade Secrets; Simple, Right?,” with Brian M. Wishnow, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2018 Annual Meeting paper, Washington, D.C., October 26, 2018.
  • Submissions Editor, Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property (2016–17).
  • “Alexa, Am I Violating Legal Ethics?,” On the Edges of Science and Law (blog), Institute for Science, Law and Technology, May 31, 2017,
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • Young Alumni Council 

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