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Rich Megley Featured Panelist at IPO IP Chat Channel Webinar: “Means-Plus-Function Claims: Patent Litigation One Year After Williamson v. Citrix.”

September 29, 2016

Rich Megley was again a featured panelist during the IPO IP Chat Channel webinar, “Means-Plus-Function Claims: Patent Litigation One Year After Williamson v. Citrix.” Rich discussed the impact of the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision on patent litigation in the year since the decision was handed down as well as the decision’s impact on inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rich discussed successful strategies for navigating through district court patent litigation and patent office proceedings in view of the en banc decision. The full audio of the webinar is available at the IPO website.


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Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan Has Moved!

August 29, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan has moved a few blocks to a new location to accommodate our growing intellectual property (IP) law practice. Our new address is 111 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 2230, Chicago, Illinois 60604, just two blocks from the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. Zealously representing clients in the trial and appeal of IP disputes and advising them on strategic use of IP in their businesses have driven continued growth of the firm, making the move to new offices necessary. We look forward to continue assisting our clients in the acquisition, sale, licensing, development, commercialization, enforcement and monetization of IP from our new location.


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“Passing of IP Legend - Raymond P. Niro - and His Lasting Legacy”
Tribute to IP Legend and Trailblazer Ray Niro by Chris Lee

August 11, 2016

In August 2016, Ray Niro, a giant in the intellectual property field passed away suddenly and untimely. He was a brilliant and once-in-a-generation intellectual property trial lawyer, a champion of American Innovation and independent inventors and a staunch believer in small businesses and the American Dream. To many lawyers, including the founders of Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan, he was a mentor and a dear friend with a big heart and a hearty laughter.

Please click here to read the tribute to Ray and his incredible legacy.


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Chris Lee Speaks at Seminar on Hot Topics & Trends in Intellectual Property Litigation

April 6, 2016

Chris Lee was one of the three panel members at 2016 Seminar on Hot Topics & Trends in Intellectual Property Litigation presented by the Chicago Bar Association. Joined by Katharine A. Wolanyk of Gerken Keller Capital and Michael Abernathy of Morgan Lewis, Chris discussed the current trends in litigation financing and the impact it has had on intellectual property litigation, intellectual property owners and law firms.


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Chris Lee, Brian Haan, Joe Culig and Ashley Lavalley Named to 2016 Super Lawyers Lists

March 1, 2016

The selections have been announced for the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers and the 2016 Illinois Rising Stars lists, and, once again, Christopher J. Lee and Brian E. Haan have been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, respectively. In addition, Joseph A. Culig and Ashley E. LaValley have also been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are exclusive lists, with Super Lawyers recognizing no more than 5 percent of attorneys in Illinois and Rising Stars recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the District.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

Since 1993, Chris Lee has participated in the trial of high-stakes intellectual property disputes, and advised clients on issues arising from the use of technology in business and monetization of intellectual property rights. He represents clients in the enforcement of their intellectual property rights and defends their business against allegations of infringement.

Chris Lee has conducted numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts throughout the United States that resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients, including a verdict in excess of $120 million. He has also represented his clients as lead appellate counsel before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to favorable outcomes. For more information on Chris and Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

Brian Haan has served as trial and appellate counsel in intellectual property lawsuits across the country for corporate and individual clients. A professional engineer with significant work experience prior to his legal career, Brian combines his advocacy skills with an engineer’s analytical aptitude and problem-solving skills as trusted counsel for his clients. Brian has patent trial experience through verdict, and has prepared numerous patent cases for trial on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants resulting in favorable settlements. For more information on Brian and Rising Stars, go to SuperLawyers.com.

Joe Culig has represented clients in intellectual property matters involving a broad range of diverse technologies, including cellular and wireless communication systems, anti-counterfeiting technologies, ablation technology for the treatment of heart arrhythmias, and diagnostic tools for automobiles. His experience has encompassed every stage of litigation, from the initial investigation into potential causes of action to briefing on appeal after the entry of judgment at the trial court level. Joe also has significant experience in cases that have gone to trial and has been a member of litigation teams that went to trial in cases in the Eastern District of Texas, the Central District of California, and California state court. For more information on Joe and Rising Stars, go to SuperLawyers.com.

Ashley LaValley has represented individuals, small business, and large corporations in intellectual property disputes throughout the country, including patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and intellectual property licensing. Her experience includes all aspects of litigation, from the initial due diligence phase through trial and post-trial motions. For more information on Ashley and Rising Stars, go to SuperLawyers.com.

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Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan Adds Ashley LaValley to its Stable of IP Litigators

August 25, 2015

LSMH welcomes another highly experienced intellectual property litigator with the addition of Ashley E. LaValley. LaValley has represented clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and other related tort claims.

“We are excited to have Ashley join our growing team of talented intellectual property trial lawyers,” said firm co-founding partner Rich Megley. “Ashley is a rising star in the intellectual property field with significant jury trial experience already under her belt. She will be a tremendous asset to our clients.”

LaValley obtained her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where she received a degree in physics with a minor degree in mathematics. She received her law degree from the George Washington University Law School. During law school, she served as the Executive Managing Editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal. She is also a registered patent attorney.

“Ashley’s extensive experience in high-stakes intellectual property disputes involving a broad range of technologies will provide our clients with another top-tier IP trial lawyer with a thorough understanding of the legal and business issues that often arise in our cases,” said firm co-founding partner, Brian Haan. “We want to add talented, highly-motivated and entrepreneurial intellectual property trial lawyers who are laser-focused on client needs, and Ashley fits that goal perfectly.” For further information on Ashley LaValley, go to the complete press release and her professional profile.


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Chris Lee Is Interviewed for Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s Article on Inter Partes Review Process

August 3, 2015

In a Chicago Lawyer Magazine article, “Patently Dangerous: Rise of the ‘Death Squad’” by legal journalist Roy Strom, Chris commented extensively on the current status of the patent inter partes review (“IPR”) process, and provided his views on the process and the impact it has had on the U.S. patent system.

Addressing the supposed “bad patent” problem that some claim led to the inclusion of the inter partes review process in the 2011 America Invents Act, Chris stated that a better solution would have been to invest more resources into the initial patent examination process. “The reason we have this absurd outcome — whether it’s 75 or 80 percent of contested patent claims going down in flames in the IPRs — is really an indication of having not enough resources at the examination level at the PTO,” Chris stated.

Chris further commented that the inter partes review procedure merely attempts to deal with a symptom, rather than the root cause of the alleged patent problems, calling the IPR process an example of “politicians coming up with politicized solutions to a problem that is really financial” within the U.S. Patent Office.

Chris also stated that “[f]rom a procedural standpoint, the IPRs have had a huge impact on the ability of patent owners to get to trial” and “that has lessened the overall value of patents in the United States.” Chicago Lawyer Magazine covers issues and events affecting the legal community of Chicago. For the full article, go to ChicagoLawyerMagazine.com.

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Rich Megley Comments on Recent En Banc Decision of the Federal Circuit during IPO IP Chat Webinar

July 15, 2015

Rich Megley offered his insights as a featured panelist during the IPO IP Chat Channel webinar, “Functional Claims Hit a Wall: Impact of Williamson v. Citrix.” Rich discussed the latest en banc decision by the Federal Circuit and provided his analysis on how the case will change litigation strategies for plaintiffs and defendants and impact patent owners’ ability to protect their technology and enforce their IP rights in court. Rich also suggested strategies for patent owners to address the changed standard moving forward. The full audio of the webinar is available at the IPO website.


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Law360 and IP360 Issue Special Feature Story on Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan and Its Attorneys

June 25, 2015

In a special feature article, Law360, a leading New York-based news source for top lawyers, business leaders, and the U.S. federal judiciary, featured the formation of Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan and its founding partners, Chris Lee, Dave Sheikh, Rich Megley and Brian Haan. Also issued through its IP360 sister publication, the article also covered the recent addition of Joe Culig to the firm’s stable of highly experienced intellectual property trial lawyers.

In the article, Chris Lee commented on the formation of the new law firm in March 2015, stating that the four founding partners had worked on many high-stakes intellectual property lawsuits for a long time at their prior law firm. Chris said he and his co-founding partners decided to form Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan, a boutique law firm specializing in complex intellectual property litigation and trial, seizing upon “an opportunity to start new with three of the best lawyers in our business.”

Chris also discussed the firm’s experience in assisting inventors, operating companies and private equity firms in developing IP strategies and evaluating IP portfolios for commercial, investment and offensive and defensive litigation matters, and said the firm intended to grow quickly but organically in the near future.

For the complete article, go to Law360.


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Lynx and IsoLynx v. Zebra Lawsuit is the Subject of Extensive Press Coverage

June 12, 2015

On June 10, 2015, the firm filed a lawsuit for its clients, Lynx System Developers, Inc. and IsoLynx, LLC, against Zebra Enterprise Solutions Corporation, Zebra Technologies Corporation and ZIH Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, unfair competition and other claims based on Zebra’s MotionWorks™ system used to track and collect data in real time from athletes, including football players in NFL games. The lawsuit has been the subject of extensive press coverage, including articles in , the Boston Globe , the Chicago Tribune , and Crain’s Chicago Business.


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Chris Lee Comments on Changing Landscape in Patent Litigation in Crain Chicago Business Article

June 6, 2015

In a Crain’s Chicago Business newspaper article covering the impact that recent Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions have had on Chicago law firms with patent litigation practice, Chris Lee commented on the fast changing landscape in patent litigation and predicted what he calls “a flight to quality” in patent litigation.

“Patent litigation has been a lucrative practice, with the high cost of litigation offset by high payoffs,” stated Crain’s Chicago Business, quoting Chris. Chris further stated that the combined effect of the Octane Fitness and Alice decisions by the Supreme Court and the Patent Office Inter Partes Review proceedings has changed the risk-reward calculus for plaintiffs in patent litigation, and predicted that the changed landscape will force the law firms representing patent plaintiffs to migrate toward “the highest-quality patents,” stating that “there will be a lot less capital that's going to go to funding the patent litigation.”

Crain’s Chicago Business is a weekly business newspaper that is the go-to source for news and information about doing business in Chicago for business executives and community leaders. For the complete article, go to Crain’s Chicago Business.


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Dave Sheikh Recognized in IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals

June 2015

IAM Patent 1000, published by Intellectual Asset Management, is considered to be one of the world’s most independent, extensively-researched and well-respected guides to the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe. The ratings and information published in IAM Patent 1000 involved over 1,500 interviews over 5 months with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field. Based on this process, Dave was selected for inclusion in the guide and recognized as a “formidable litigator.”

IAM 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2015.


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Brian Haan Co-authors Article in the American University Law Review on 2014 Federal Circuit Decisions

May 23, 2015

A law review article written by Brian Haan and six other co-authors was published in The American University Law Review in May 2015. The article, “2014 Patent Law Decisions on Key Issues at the Federal Circuit,” provides a summary of 2014 patent law decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including those on patentee standing, claim construction deference, laches, fee shifting, inducement, indefiniteness, claim construction, patentability, anticipation and obviousness.

For the full article, go to American University Law Review.


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Chicago Lawyer Magazine Announces Formation of Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan

May 1, 2015

Chicago Lawyer Magazine provides coverage on the formation of Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan, stating that “intellectual property litigators Christopher J. Lee, David J. Sheikh, Richard B. Megley Jr. and Brian E. Haan formed IP litigation boutique Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan ….”

Chicago Lawyer Magazine covers issues and events affecting the legal community of Chicago. For more information, go to ChicagoLawyerMagazine.com.


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Brian Haan Co-authors Article in Chicago Lawyer Magazine on the 9 Millionth Patent

May 1, 2015

In view of the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9,000,000, Brian Haan co-authors “9 Million and Going Strong” in the May 2015 issue of Chicago Lawyer Magazine. The article discusses the previous patents with milestone million numbers and provides a brief history of U.S. patent law.

For the full article, go to ChicagoLawyerMagazine.com.


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Chris Lee and Brian Haan Again Named to 2015 Super Lawyers Lists

April 10, 2015

The selections have been announced for the 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers and the 2015 Illinois Rising Stars lists, and, once again, Christopher J. Lee and Brian E. Haan have been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, respectively.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars are exclusive lists, with Super Lawyers recognizing no more than 5 percent of attorneys in Illinois and Rising Stars recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the District.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

Since 1993, Chris Lee has participated in the trial of high-stakes intellectual property disputes, and advised clients on issues arising from the use of technology in business and monetization of intellectual property rights. He represents clients in the enforcement of their intellectual property rights and defends their business against allegations of infringement.

Chris has conducted numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts throughout the United States that resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients, including a recent verdict in excess of $120 million. He has also represented his clients as lead appellate counsel before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to favorable outcomes. For more information on Chris and Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

Brian has served as trial and appellate counsel in intellectual property lawsuits across the country for corporate and individual clients. A professional engineer with significant work experience prior to his legal career, Brian combines his advocacy skills with an engineer’s analytical aptitude and problem-solving skills as trusted counsel for his clients. Brian has patent trial experience through verdict, and has prepared numerous patent cases for trial on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants resulting in favorable settlements. For more information on Brian and Rising Stars, go to SuperLawyers.com.


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Brian Haan Co-authors Article in Chicago Lawyer Magazine on Marijuana IP

April 1, 2015

In the April 2015 issue of Chicago Lawyer Magazine, a monthly magazine covering issues and events affecting the legal community of Chicago, Brian Haan co-authors an article “Everyday IP: Pot pending official go-ahead,” which explores the attempts by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and federal courts to reconcile federal patent and trademark law with the federal prohibition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

For the full article, go to ChicagoLawyerMagazine.com.


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Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan Adds Highly Experienced IP Litigator

April 1, 2015

Chicago IP litigation and trial boutique Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan announces the arrival of intellectual property litigator Joseph A. Culig. Culig has represented clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including claims of patent infringement, copyright infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and other related tort claims. He has also taught intellectual property litigation at DePaul University College of Law.

“We are thrilled to have Joe join our talented group of intellectual property trial lawyers,” said firm co-founding partner Brian Haan. “Joe is an outstanding and highly experienced intellectual property litigator with extensive hands-on jury trial experience. He is also a fantastic colleague and will be a tremendous asset to Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan.”

Culig has a degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University College of Law. During law school, Joe served as an Associate Editor of the DePaul Law Review.

“Joe’s extensive experience in high-stakes intellectual property disputes involving a broad range of technologies will provide our clients with another top-tier IP trial lawyer with thorough understanding of the legal and business issues that arise in complex IP litigation,” added Haan. “Getting Joe on board is consistent with our plan to grow organically by adding highly qualified, experienced and entrepreneurial intellectual property trial lawyers who work well with our select group of lawyers and technical staff.”


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Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Announces Formation of Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan

March 27, 2015

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the premier daily legal newspaper serving the Midwest's legal communities, announces the formation of Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan, stating that “Intellectual property litigators Christopher J. Lee, David J. Sheikh, Richard B. Megley, Jr. and Brian E. Haan have formed a new IP litigation boutique” and that they have “nearly 80 years of combined experience in IP litigation.”


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Chris Lee, Dave Sheikh, Rich Megley and Brian Haan Form New IP Litigation and Trial Law Firm

March 16, 2015

Chris Lee, Dave Sheikh, Rich Megley and Brian Haan, four intellectual property trial lawyers with more than 70 years of combined experience, announce the formation of Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan, an intellectual property litigation boutique law firm dedicated to helping clients navigate complex IP-related legal and business issues in court, governmental agencies and the marketplace.

The founding partners previously practiced at a leading intellectual property litigation firm with a national reputation for its successful trial record and for representing clients on alternative billing arrangements. Their prior cases resulted in numerous multi-million dollar recoveries and injunctive relief through jury verdicts, judgments, settlements, licensing and sale of intellectual property rights for Fortune 500 and other technology clients, including a $100+ million jury verdict for breach of a non-disclosure agreement, a $20+ million settlement following a jury verdict of willful patent infringement, an award of a trademark registration for a color, and licensing campaigns yielding $75+ million in revenues.

The newly formed law firm will continue to represent clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts as well as before the Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. They will also continue to assist inventors, operating companies and private equity firms in developing IP strategies and evaluating IP portfolios for commercial, investment, and offensive and defensive litigation purposes.

For further information on the formation of Lee Sheikh Megley & Haan, go to PR Newswire