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Patrick T. Muffo

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5579
Fax: (312) 460-7579
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Patrick Muffo is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and prosecution.
 
Mr. Muffo represents clients in a wide range of complex litigation matters, particularly in the patent, trade secret, copyright, DMCA, and trademark areas. He represents clients in all phases of litigation, from pre-suit investigation through trial. His litigation experience involves technology such as 3D printing, Internet-connected speakers, e-commerce and software technology, data encryption techniques, and HVAC motors.
 
Mr. Muffo prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a variety of technology areas and has counseled clients in all aspects of domestic and foreign patent prosecution, including complex reissue and post-grant proceedings. He has substantial experience advising clients on matters of patent procurement, enforcement, and clearance, such as freedom to operate and due diligence opinions.  Throughout his career, Mr. Muffo has worked on technologies such as software, hand and power tools, 3D printers, semiconductors, fuel cells, portable computers, barcode scanners, automotive devices, liquid crystal displays, organic light emitting diodes, sporting goods, business methods, xerographic technology, immersion lithography systems, and magnetic recording heads, to name a few.
Patrick Muffo is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and prosecution.
 
Mr. Muffo represents clients in a wide range of complex litigation matters, particularly in the patent, trade secret, copyright, DMCA, and trademark areas. He represents clients in all phases of litigation, from pre-suit investigation through trial. His litigation experience involves technology such as 3D printing, Internet-connected speakers, e-commerce and software technology, data encryption techniques, and HVAC motors.
 
Mr. Muffo prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a variety of technology areas and has counseled clients in all aspects of domestic and foreign patent prosecution, including complex reissue and post-grant proceedings. He has substantial experience advising clients on matters of patent procurement, enforcement, and clearance, such as freedom to operate and due diligence opinions.  Throughout his career, Mr. Muffo has worked on technologies such as software, hand and power tools, 3D printers, semiconductors, fuel cells, portable computers, barcode scanners, automotive devices, liquid crystal displays, organic light emitting diodes, sporting goods, business methods, xerographic technology, immersion lithography systems, and magnetic recording heads, to name a few.

Education

  • J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law (2007)
    Editor, Pierce Law Review

  • B.S., Virginia Tech, Materials Science & Engineering, cum laude (2004)

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Virginia (inactive)
  • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Representative Engagements

  • EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems v. Phenix Systems (N.D. Illinois) - Patent infringement litigation relating to 3D printer technology
  • Nidec Motor Corporation v. Broad Ocean Motor LLC et al. (E.D. Missouri) - Patent infringement litigation relating to HVAC motors
  • Digital Design Corporation v. Atlas Sound (N.D. Illinois) - Digital Millennium Copyright Act, trade secrets, and trademark case involving IP speaker products
  • Charles E. Hill v. 1-800 Flowers.com et al. (E.D. Texas) - Patent infringement litigation relating to caching technology
  • TQP Development v. 1-800 Flowers.com et al. (E.D. Texas) - Patent infringement litigation relating to encryption technology
  • Digital Design Corporation v. Kostan (N.D. Illinois) - Copyright ownership litigation for Internet-connected display software program
  • Snap-on, Inc. v. Laurie (E.D. Wisconsin) - Patent ownership lawsuit relating to low-profile ratchet wrench technology
  • Lodsys, LLC v. Brother International Corp., et al. (E.D. Texas) - Patent infringement litigation involving e-commerce technology
  • Optimize Technology Solutions, LLC v. Staples, Inc. et al. (E.D. Texas) - Patent infringement litigation involving e-commerce personalization technology
  • Princeton Digital Image Corporation v. HSN Interactive LLC et al. (D. Del) - Patent infringement litigation relating to image compression technology
  • Parallel Networks, LLC v. Backstage Web, Inc. et al. (E.D. Texas) - Patent infringement litigation relating to web applets
  • SFA Systems LLC v. Mastercard Incorporated (E.D. Texas) - Patent litigation for product recommendation technology
  • Ignite USA, LLC v. Pacific Market International LLC (Northern District of Illinois) - Patent infringement litigation relating to consumer products
  • ProCom Heating, Inc. v. GHP Group, Inc. (Western District of Kentucky) - Patent infringement litigation relating to dual fuel burners

Presentations

  • “The America Invents Act - Past, Present & Future,” Seyfarth Shaw Webinar (September 19, 2012)
  • "Immediate Impact Caused by Patent Reform Legislation," Seyfarth Shaw Webinar (Nov. 16, 2011)

Publications

Professional Associations

  • iTechLaw (International Technology Law Association)