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Erik M. Bokar focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, patent prosecution, unfair competition, and competitive intellectual property analysis. Erik helps clients navigate a broad range of complex challenges, including clearing, procuring, enforcing, or defending valuable IP rights. He has experience in many phases of intellectual property litigation, including pre-suit investigations, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, and claim construction. Erik also has experience in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, particularly inter partes reviews.

He represents clients in a variety of technological fields including software and computer systems, wireless communication networks, UAVs, gaming, lawn care power equipment, bag-in-box packaging, food processing equipment, household appliances and goods, consumer electronics, construction hardware and tools, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.


  • Patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright litigation
  • Patent prosecution
  • Freedom-to-operate, patentability, and infringement opinions
  • Client counseling in all areas of intellectual property



  • Undergraduate Research Associate, Aerospace Research Center, 2013-2014
  • Manufacturing Engineer Intern, Swagelok Company, 2012

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Intellectual Property Owners Association
    • Litigation Committee, 2019-2021
    • Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2020-2021
  • Member, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
    • Litigation: Amicus Briefs Committee, 2019-2020
  • Member, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Alumni Association
  • Mentor, Legal Prep Charter Academy, 2017-2019
  • Volunteer Coach, Oz Park Baseball Association, 2018-2019
  • Volunteer, Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers In The Classroom, 2020


  • J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2017
    • Executive Outreach Editor, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies
    • Winner, Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Southern Regionals, “Best Appellee Brief”
  • B.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, summa cum laude, The Ohio State University, 2014
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Admitted in Illinois. Not admitted in Florida.