Photograph of Jacob C. Bachman

Government Experience

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois—Judicial Extern for Judge Ronald A. Guzmán

Education

  • University of Illinois, B.S. mechanical engineering (2004) with honors
  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, J.D. (2007) cum laude

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Experience

  • Honeywell International
    Engineering Intern, Summer 2004
  • Baxter Healthcare
    Engineering Intern, Summer 2003

Jacob C. Bachman

Senior Counsel
Chicago
jbachman@crowell.com
Phone: +1 312.840.3261
455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
Suite 3600
Chicago, IL 60611

Combining both litigation and patent prosecution experience, Jacob Bachman brings a 360-degree perspective to protecting and enforcing intellectual property assets. His dual focus provides a window onto how both litigators and patent prosecutors think—insights he uses for the benefit of his clients.

Jacob’s practice covers a wide range of innovations including medical devices, household appliances, automobile navigation and entertainment systems, articles of footwear, manufacturing and packaging, insurance products, power tools, and kitchen and bath fixtures, among others. An engineer by training, Jacob takes a practical, hands-on approach to client counseling, often working directly with inventors to devise patent protection, enforcement, and avoidance strategies.

As a litigator, Jacob has been involved in all phases of trial preparation and motion practice for patent, trade secret, and copyright cases. He has also prepared and defended against petitions for inter partes review of patents before the United States Patent Office. As a prosecutor, he has devised and implemented strategies to develop portfolios in the United States and internationally. He regularly drafts patent applications as well as infringement and patentability opinions.

Jacob communicates frequently and clearly with clients to gain an understanding of their ultimate business goals. Thinking forward, he focuses on the tactics and strategies that lead most directly to those objectives, ensuring that client investment justifies the possible outcome.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Jacob was a shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione.

Select Representative Matters
  • Represented Trudell Medical International in assertion and defense of patents relating to respiratory treatment devices.
  • Represented medical device leader Cook in a number of cases, including defense of a patent infringement suit filed by Boston Scientific involving gastrointestinal stent technology; and assertion of patent infringement against Endologix involving endovascular stent technology.
  • Represented Progressive Casualty Insurance in high-stakes infringement litigation to protect its revolutionary Progressive Snapshot motor-vehicle monitoring technology.
  • In a 16-day arbitration trial, helped Amway win an award of more than $25 million for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and tortious interference—an award subsequently confirmed in district court.
  • Using novel defenses unique to the Internet and social media, defended Amway against copyright infringement claims in connection with videos posted to Websites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
  • On the prosecution side, secured and expanding a portfolio of patents for a medical device technology and product line that provides OPEP therapy to treat lung disease, aid lung hygiene, and enhance lung performance.
  • Assisted a leading manufacturer of footwear expand an international portfolio of patents and applications directed to footwear incorporating knitting technologies.
  • Donating his time pro bono, filed applications and obtained patents for solo inventors—for example, directed to an improved face mask protecting against coronavirus and other airborne diseases—and represented clients in multiple fair housing and eviction disputes.


Recognition

  • Emerging Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • Intellectual Property Law Certificate, The John Marshall Law School
  • Executive Board Member, The John Marshall Law School Review of Intellectual Property Law, 2006-2007
  • Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society


Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • Rotary International

Admissions

Admitted to practice: Illinois, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois



Representative Engagements

  • Anova Applied Electronics, Inc. v. Instant Brands, Inc. (D. Mass. 2019-2020). Defended Instant Brands in a patent infringement suit concerning sous vide immersion circulator cookers.
  • Trudell Medical International v. D R Burton Healthcare LLC (E.D.N.C. 2018-Present). Representing Trudell Medical in assertion of patents relating to respiratory treatment devices.
  • Monaghan Medical Corp. v. Smiths Medical ASD, Inc. (D. Del. 2017-2018). Defended Monaghan Medical in a patent infringement suit concerning respiratory treatment devices.
  • Amway Corp. et al. v. UMG Recordings, Inc. et al. (M.D. Fla. 2014-2017). Represented Amway entities in a breach of contract and copyright infringement action involving user-generated videos with music uploaded to social media websites.
  • Boston Scientific Corp., et al. v. Cook, Inc., et al. (D. Mass. 2010-2017). Defended Cook entities in a patent infringement suit filed by Boston Scientific concerning gastrointestinal stents.
  • Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Illinois et al. (N.D. Ohio 2010-2012). Represented Progressive Casualty Ins. Co. in a patent infringement suit involving motor vehicle monitoring systems.
  • Cook, Inc. v. Endologix, Inc. (S.D. Ind. 2009-2012). Represented Cook in a patent infringement suit involving endovascular stent technology.
  • Robert Bosch LLC v. Old World Industries, Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2010). Defended Old World Industries in a patent infringement action involving automobile wiper blades.
  • Quixtar, Inc. v. Signature Management Team, et al. (D. Nev. 2007-2010). Represented Quixtar in an action relating to misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and tortious interference.
  • Quixtar, Inc. v. Woodward, et al. (JAMS Arbitration 2007-2010). Represented Quixtar in an action relating to misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and tortious interference. After a 16-day trial, an arbitrator awarded Quixtar over $25 million. A district court subsequently confirmed the arbitrator’s decision.



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