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Twelve McAndrews, Held & Malloy Attorneys Honored as Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thursday, February 06, 2014

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., one of the nation’s preeminent law firms specializing in intellectual property and complex technology law, announced today that six of the firm’s shareholders have been named Illinois Super Lawyers and six McAndrews attorneys have been recognized as Illinois Rising Stars. All 12 are featured in the February issue of Chicago magazine, in addition to the stand-alone 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers publication.

McAndrews Chairman and shareholder Timothy J. Malloy and shareholders Patrick J. Arnold, Jr., Christopher V. Carani, Larry M. Jarvis, Greg Vogler and George Wheeler were selected as Illinois Super Lawyers, the state’s top IP and IP litigation attorneys, according to the publication. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. Less than five percent of the state’s total lawyers are selected as Super Lawyers each year. This year also marks the first time Carani has been honored as a Super Lawyer; for the last several years, he has been recognized as a Rising Star.

McAndrews attorneys selected as Rising Stars for 2014 in intellectual property law or litigation are shareholders Merle S. Elliott, Sandra A. Frantzen, Paul W. McAndrews, David Z. Petty and Christopher M. Scharff, and associate Stephen M. Wurth. On the Super Lawyers website, Rising Stars are described as the state’s best attorneys who are age 40 or younger, or have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Less than two-and-a-half percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor. This is the first year that Elliott and McAndrews have been listed as Rising Stars.

Nationally recognized for his intellectual property litigation successes, Timothy J. Malloy has been involved in numerous multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements and has served as lead counsel in trials throughout the country. Highlights of his career include arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Eli Lilly and Company, the leading case directed to the scope of patent protection for medical devices, obtaining a $166 million judgment for infringement and obtaining a $5 million award of attorney’s fees for an exceptional case. Malloy has been listed in Best Lawyers since 1999, and was featured in the inaugural IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. He was also listed by Chambers USA as one of the top IP trial lawyers in Illinois and characterized as an “Outstanding Trial Lawyer,” and has been designated a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American trial lawyers. This is the 10th consecutive year that Malloy has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer.

Patrick J. Arnold, Jr. provides intellectual property counsel to a diverse lineup of clients ranging from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of motorized wheelchairs to one of the world’s leading television programmers. His practice concentrates on patent, trademark and copyright litigation, and he also assists clients in prosecution, counseling, licensing and developing and managing IP portfolios. Arnold has worked on a variety of technologies, including complicated materials handling systems, automated chemical additive systems and mail sorting systems. He has tried several cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and recently won an appeal there for a client in the automotive aftermarket industry.

Christopher V. Carani is recognized in the United States as a leading authority in the field of design law, counseling clients on a wide range of strategic design protection and enforcement issues. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Design Rights Committee, and is the past chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Committee on Industrial Designs. He has litigated numerous disputes regarding design rights and has served as a legal consultant and expert witness in design law cases in a wide-range of industries, including consumer electronics and accessories, consumer retail products, furniture, medical devices, apparel and footwear, and sporting goods, to name a few. In addition, he has authored amicus briefs for landmark U.S. design patent cases, such as Egyptian Goddess v. Swisa and Richardson v. Stanley Works, Inc. Carani is a frequent contributor to CNN on IP law issues, and is often called upon to provide commentary to other major media outlets.

Larry M. Jarvis has successfully represented clients in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and computer law, among others, focusing on litigation and patent and trademark prosecution. One of the firm’s co-founders, his experience involves products such as the first portable computer, which was developed in 1950, LED printers, hand-held calculators, pacemakers, defibrillators, fiber optics, digital cellular telephone communications, anti-virus software, networked casino gambling machines, auto test equipment and night vision intensifiers.

Greg Vogler is one of the firm’s co-founders. He focuses on patent, trade secret and trademark litigation, as well as IP due diligence related to acquisitions and mergers. His litigation experience spans diverse technologies, and he has worked extensively on medical device patent cases. He has argued cases more than 10 times before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and on February 5, 2013, he obtained a $70 million jury verdict for infringement of a surgical irrigator patent on behalf of Stryker Corporation against Zimmer Holdings, Inc. in Michigan. In 2012, Vogler won a significant ITC trade secrets case, securing a 10-year Exclusion Order against the importation of cast steel railway wheels. Vogler represents owners and alleged infringers in all phases of litigation, including jury and bench trials, ITC proceedings, arbitration and mediation.

George Wheeler counsels corporate clients in a wide variety of patent matters involving diverse chemical, mechanical and medical technologies, including more than 25 ex partereexaminations and several inter partes reexaminations. His specialty is patent analysis and prosecution, both for patent owners and alleged patent infringers. He has been named a Top Patent Prosecutor by PatentBuddy®, an honor achieved by only two percent of U.S. patent practitioners. Prior to McAndrews, Wheeler worked as an in-house patent attorney at The Procter & Gamble Company and Morton Thiokol, Inc.

Merle S. Elliott’s work includes patent litigation, prosecution, licensing and counseling. Her experience in patent litigation, which ranges across a wide variety of complex technologies with particular depth in the area of medical devices, covers all phases of discovery, including depositions, motions, court hearings and work with experts. Elliott has also been involved in briefing case-dispositive motions and in preparing appeal briefs. Assisting in drafting opinions, due-diligence investigations and licensing transactions are services she enjoys providing for clients. Elliott’s practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office includes patent drafting and prosecution, most of which has focused on innovations in chemical and mechanical engineering.

Sandra A. Frantzen focuses on patent, trademark and copyright litigation, and client counseling. Serving clients in a variety of industries with a heavy focus on medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biologics, Frantzen advises clients on intellectual property procurement and strategy, and has litigated intellectual property cases involving damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Most recently, Frantzen represented defendants in a series of cases where all of the patents-in-suit were invalidated for failing to satisfy the written description and enablement requirements. Frantzen is regularly asked to speak on a wide range of intellectual property issues. Last year, she spoke several times on biosimilar drug issues including addressing U.S. biosimilar guidelines at a conference in Istanbul, Turkey. She was also asked by the Department of State to present a program on intellectual property for the U.S. Embassy in Jordan. Frantzen is active in the legal community and currently serves as Vice President of the Arab American Bar Association of Illinois and sits on the advisory board for the Iraqi Mutual Aid Society, an organization that assists Iraqi immigrants and refugees.

Paul W. McAndrews concentrates his practice on intellectual property dispute resolution, particularly those involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. Specifically, he has extensive experience in managing and preparing complex IP cases, including conducting pre-filing investigations; participating in every phase of discovery, claim construction procedures and motion practice; leading mediations on behalf of clients; and delivering oral arguments. He also has experience preparing appellate briefs and regularly advises clients on the acquisition and development of IP portfolios. McAndrews’ educational background in physics has enabled him to assist clients representing a variety of different technologies.

David Z. Petty’s practice covers all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright litigation (including appellate work), patent prosecution, licensing and opinion work. He also has experience handling reexaminations and covered business method reviews before the Patent Office. In his practice, he has dealt with many diverse areas of technology such as contact lenses, lighting systems, electrotherapeutic devices, video poker machines, computer jukeboxes, medical devices and powered wheelchairs, to name just a few.

Christopher M. Scharff works in all areas of intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent litigation through discovery, trial and appeal, as well as inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office. He has represented clients in large-scale patent disputes on technologies as varied as orthopedic implants, spinal surgery devices, GPS hardware, chemical products, advanced materials, food processing and computer software. He also has experience litigating Lanham Act, unfair competition, false advertising and antitrust disputes, and regularly counsels clients on all IP-related issues. Scharff represents both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes ranging from small cases to ones involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

Stephen M. Wurth’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law. He has valuable litigation experience presenting arguments in federal court, as well as drafting briefs, including dispositive summary judgment briefs. Wurth has experience with the AIA’s Covered Business Method Patent review proceedings. In addition, Wurth prepares and prosecutes utility and design patent applications, as well as trademark applications. He also has transactional experience drafting patent licenses and evaluating IP portfolios for due-diligence matters. Wurth was a co-author of an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in Bowman v. Monsanto on behalf of more than 20 universities and university-related institutions. The Supreme Court’s 9-0 decision was favorable to the amici on whose behalf the brief was filed. This is the second time Wurth has been selected as an Illinois Rising Star.

About McAndrews, Held & Malloy

McAndrews, Held & Malloy boasts one of the most highly regarded teams of intellectual property attorneys, agents and technology specialists in the United States. Founded in 1988, the firm offers deep bench strength in matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. McAndrews attorneys have underlying scientific-based degrees and extensive prior experience in technology and IP-focused professions, and they routinely handle cases that involve innovative and cutting-edge technologies in specialized industries. While best known for their record of litigation successes, the firm also offers services in IP procurement, patent interferences, trademark oppositions and cancellations, IP/technology opinions and investigations, global portfolio management, development and licensing, M&A support, due diligence, design rights and joint ventures. Clients include multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies, startups and world-renowned universities. For more information, visit

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