Calfee’s Intellectual Property Practice Adds Four Lawyers


Cleveland, Jan. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is pleased to announce that intellectual property partners Michael J. Medley and Todd E. Behrens, lead attorney Philip G. Ammar and l Associate attorney Thomas R. Irwin has joined Calfee’s Intellectual Property practice group.

Medley, Behrens, Ammar and Irwin joined Calfee from the law firm of Medley, Behrens & Lewis, LLC, which focused on intellectual property law and represented large Global 500 companies, mid-sized Fortune 1000 companies and small private companies. Nichole Kuklisin, intellectual property legal administrative assistant, who previously served as office manager and paralegal at the firm Medley, Behrens & Lewis, will join the four lawyers.

These four lawyers bring remarkable experience with high profile clients and intellectual property matters that will add to the depth of expertise within Calfee’s intellectual property group, which already has one of the largest proprietary practices intellectual and information technology of the Midwest.

“Mike Medley, Todd Behrens and the team they bring are excellent people of the highest caliber. They are among the most respected high-tech, software and electronics patent attorneys in the country, with clients located in the United States and around the world,” said John S. Cipolla, vice chairman of the firm and co-chair of Calfee’s intellectual property practice group.

“Mike and Todd have built an amazing team and are well known in the high tech world for the level of service they provide to their customers. Their practice fits well with our group’s footprint and adds to our wide range of lawyers with electrical and computer engineering backgrounds, positioning Calfee as a leader in its ability to handle intellectual property issues in these areas in the future,” said Mark W. McDougall, Partner and Co-Chair of Calfee’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.

As a licensed patent attorney, Medley has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications. He works with clients and their in-house legal teams to ensure understanding in dynamic areas of patent law, including subject matter eligibility. In addition, Medley assists clients in the development and management of their patent portfolios in different jurisdictions, including drafting and negotiating software licenses, asserting patent rights and drafting non-infringement notices. and freedom to operate. Medley also responds to patent infringement allegations, advises in product design to help clients avoid infringing patents held by others, and advises clients on national and international data privacy laws.

“We are proud and excited to join the Calfee IP group, which enjoys an impeccable reputation across the country. Our customers will continue to benefit from our knowledge and experience with their businesses and technologies, while further benefiting from Calfee’s talent pool,” said Medley.

Behrens’ technical background enables him to advise clients on a variety of intellectual property matters, including providing advice on patentability, non-infringement, and design around the intellectual property of others. He is well versed in patent sourcing and the strategic development of patent portfolios in the areas of electrical, mechanical, software, biomedical technologies and business methods. Behrens has performed due diligence in preparing various intellectual property transactions and rendered opinions of invalidity, non-infringement, patentability and freedom to operate. He has also advised clients on trademark selection and prepared and prosecuted trademark applications.

“Calfee provides us with a platform to continue to serve our customers in the best way possible, while meeting any additional customer needs that may arise in the future. The Calfee team includes people with extensive experience, which will be an invaluable resource for our customers,” said Behrens.

Ammar is an experienced patent attorney. He has filed lawsuits before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and provided advice to foreign attorneys in responding to Office actions before the Chinese Patent Office, Japan Patent Office and the European Patent Office. He regularly drafts patent applications in a range of areas such as quantum computing, autonomous navigation, industrial material handling, radar processing and telescopic control algorithms.

Irwin is a registered patent attorney with a background in electrical engineering. He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications relating to various technologies, including optical devices, integrated electro-optical systems, radar and lidar systems, autonomous vehicles, signal and image processing, electrochemical devices, control, rocket guidance, cryptology and quantum optical communications. , healthcare software, mechanical systems and others. Irwin has experience pursuing trademark applications, coordinating domestic and international patent filings for corporate clients, and pursuing U.S. intellectual property protection for US-based clients. ‘foreigner.

About the Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP Intellectual Property Group

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP has one of the largest intellectual property and information technology firms in the Midwest. The lawyers in Calfee’s Intellectual Property Group have extensive experience and depth in IP prosecutions, litigation, opinions, business strategy and advice. Of the 42 qualified attorneys in Calfee’s intellectual property practice, 35 attorneys are registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Calfee has over 21,000 patents and trademarks on file, 14,000 of which are international. For more than a decade, Calfee’s Intellectual Property Group has been classified and recognized by Chambers USA. In 2021, Chambers USA researchers noted that “[the team is] renowned for handling intellectual property litigation and portfolio management for major clients in Ohio and the Midwest and across the United States. [They are] highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biology sectors, with notable capabilities in business management for consumer products and industrial clients.

About Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP is a full-service corporate law firm with 160 attorneys and professionals and six offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York and Washington, D.C. Calfee serves clients in the Midwest, nationally and globally in the areas of corporate restructuring and insolvency, business and finance, benefits and executive compensation, energy and utilities, planning and estate and estate administration, government relations and legislation, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation and real estate law. Calfee has been recognized as a leading law firm by Chambers USA 2021 Legal Guide in Antitrust, Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, General Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Natural Resources & Environment, and Real Estate Law and by Chambers 2021 High Net Worth Guide in Private Wealth Law. A founding member of Lex Mundi, Calfee provides international representation through a network of independent law firms with access to 22,000 attorneys located in over 125 countries. Additional information is available on

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