Paul B. Henkelmann focuses his practice on patent post-issuance proceedings, U.S. and international patent procurement, and intellectual property litigation and counseling. He has represented clients as both lead and second chair counsel in well over 40 inter partes review (IPR) and covered business methods proceedings, including developing expert declarations, taking and defending expert depositions and presenting oral argument. Paul has substantial experience in both asserting and defending against patent and trademark infringement claims in the federal courts, while remaining active in procuring and managing international IP portfolios. Paul also frequently assists clients with product clearance to mitigate risk and accurately assess their freedom to operate.
Paul has experience representing clients in a wide variety of industries, including the following:
Clients benefit from Paul’s broad technical background and experience. Prior to joining Fitch Even, he was a project engineer for an original equipment manufacturer in the printing industry. There he was responsible for designing, developing, and testing a diverse line of automated process control equipment.
As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, Paul’s studies focused on mechanical and electrical engineering, controls, and programming. He was awarded a one-year grant to study mechanical engineering at the Technische Universität München in Munich, Germany.
Paul is conversationally fluent in German.
Favored Tech Corporation v. P2i Ltd. (PTAB 2021-23). Lead counsel representing P2i in IPR proceeding filed against its patent directed to plasma-polymerized protective nanocoating technology. Obtained final written decision upholding patentability of all claims. Secured Rule 36 affirmance from Federal Circuit on appeal.
Google Inc. and Apple Inc. v. ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. (PTAB 2015). Integral member of team representing ContentGuard in 35 IPR and CBM proceedings filed against its digital rights management patent portfolio. Five proceedings dismissed voluntarily. After submission of patent owner preliminary responses, obtained PTAB decisions denying institution of trial in all but one remaining proceeding.
Epic Provisions v. Luchi LLC (W.D. Tex. 2015). Represented Luchi in defense of its trademark rights. Case settled favorably for Luchi to maintain its trademark rights and control of the vegetarian protein supplement market.
TK Holdings Inc. v. CTS Corporation and CTS Automotive Products (E.D. Mich. 2008-14). Member of litigation team defending claims of infringement under patents relating to automotive seat weight sensors. Obtained summary judgment rulings that our client’s sensors do not infringe and that the asserted patents are invalid for multiple reasons.
McDavid Knee Guard, Inc. et al. v. Adidas Sales, Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2009). Member of litigation team representing plaintiff in a patent infringement action related to protective apparel. Settlement reached.
McDavid Knee Guard, Inc. et al. v. Nike USA, Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2008-14). Member of litigation team representing plaintiff in a patent infringement action related to protective apparel. Settlement reached.