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S. Chase Means

Chase Means focuses his practice on intellectual property matters. He has deep patent prosecution and counseling experience in a wide range of industries within the electrical engineering, electronics, and computer sciences fields.

Chase’s patent litigation experience includes working on inter partes reviews (IPRs) and covered business method (CBM) reviews before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, providing support for active litigation, and performing pre-litigation diligence. He has litigation experience in a variety of technologies, including industrial automation and control systems, implantable medical devices, business to business software as a service (SaaS), cellular emergency broadcast systems, and electronic automobile components.

Concentrations

  • Worldwide patent prosecution and counseling
  • Patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation
  • Opinion of counsel preparation, including non-infringement and invalidity opinions
  • Subject matter patentability issues (including Alice 101 rejections)
  • Patent due diligence for transactions
  • Technical areas of focus:
    • All-flash (solid state) memory systems
    • Virtual networks
    • Image processing and display technologies
    • Wireless communications
    • MEMS devices
    • Optics including laser imaging technologies
    • Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
    • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning
    • Power electronics
    • Enterprise and cloud computing
    • Computer software including social networking, health care, financial services, and e-commerce software
    • Smart home devices
    • Medical devices
    • Semiconductors

Capabilities

Experience

  • Obtained a preliminary injunction against a competitor in a trade secret matter in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Won a rarely granted reversal for a petitioner on a rehearing request of an institution decision in an inter partes review (IPR) at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), directly resulting in the patent owner canceling all instituted claims.°
  • Obtained settlement for a pro bono client in a copyright matter in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Means prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Electrical Engineer, Kiewit Corporation, 2008-2010 – designed and managed construction of various power distribution, instrumentation, process control, and lighting systems for power generation projects.
  • Intern, Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI), 2013 – identified and evaluated patents that had potential for high returns on IPXI’s proprietary patent license exchange, including patents with relevance to 802.11 wireless standards. 

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
  • Volunteer Attorney, Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 2013
    • Associate Editor, University of Illinois Law Review, Published Note
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, cum laude, Olivet Nazarene University, 2008
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois