Brent A. Hawkins centers his practice on intellectual property litigation, counseling, and procurement. Brent’s practice encompasses a wide range of technologies, including computer networking, consumer electronics, and software; mechanical devices; and pharmaceutical products. In addition, Brent utilizes his background in engineering to prosecute patent applications in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, and software arts. Throughout his career, he has served as lead counsel in numerous patent, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, and copyright matters, representing clients in jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Brent advises clients in connection with licensing negotiations, including with regard to alleged standard-essential patent (SEP) and related reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) issues. He also works with clients to perform due diligence investigations and render opinions in connection with the sale or acquisition of businesses or targeted business assets involving various technologies.
Brent has served as lead counsel in ex parte and inter partes proceedings before both the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
Brent was appointed to serve on the Magistrate Judge Review Panel in 2013 and the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel in 2012, both for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Brent was a partner at another global law firm.
Served as lead counsel for the plaintiff in patent litigation involving office furniture and systems in Steelcase, Inc. v. Haskell Office LLC (W.D. Michigan)
Served as lead counsel for the plaintiff in a breach of contract dispute involving medical research funding agreements relating to the development of gene therapy technology in Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy v. Nationwide Children's Hospital, et al. (N.D. Ill.)
Served as lead counsel for the defendant in patent litigation involving Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology in ChriMar Systems, Inc. v. AMX, LLC. (E.D. Tex.)
Served as lead counsel and secured a favorable settlement of all infringement claims against the defendant in Property Disclosure Technologies v. Redfin Corp. (E.D. Tex.), patent litigation involving an online real estate transaction system
Secured a dismissal of claims against Dovonex® Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) prior to trial and served as trial counsel for the defendant in Hatch-Waxman litigation involving Taclonex® in Leo Pharma A/S v. Tolmar, Inc. (D. Del.)
Secured settlement for the defendant in Hatch-Waxman litigation involving topical pharmaceutical product Solaraze® in Fougera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Tolmar, Inc. (D.N.J.)
Served as lead counsel for the defendant in patent litigation involving a travel website and successfully secured a dismissal with prejudice of all infringement claims after claim construction in Pinpoint, Inc. v. Orbitz, LLC (N.D. Ill.)
Served as lead counsel for the defendant and obtained summary judgment of noninfringement and no breach of contract on claims brought by the plaintiff; prevailed on the breach of contract claim brought by our client in Spoilage Cutter Co. v. World Kitchen, LLC (N.D. Ill.)
Served as trial counsel for the plaintiff in a patent and trade dress counterfeit action involving consumer houseware products in World Kitchen, LLC, et al. v. Big Lots, Inc., et al. (N.D. Ill.)
Served as trial counsel for the defendant in a trademark infringement suit, Picture Me Press, LLC v. CPI Images, LLC (N.D. Ohio), involving a major photography studio chain brand name
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the defendants in a copyright suit involving major residential architectural designs; the decision of the district court was affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Barefoot Architecture, Inc. v. Bunge, et al. (D. Virgin Islands)
Obtained a favorable settlement for the plaintiff in a copyright infringement suit, Livoti, AIA v. Minotola National Bank, et al. (D.N.J.) involving commercial architectural designs for regional bank branches
University of Illinois College of Law, 1997, J.D.
University of Michigan, 1994, B.S., Engineering
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US District Court for the Western District of Michigan
US Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Chambers USA (2013–2018)
Recognized, Litigation – Intellectual Property, San Francisco; Litigation – Patent, San Francisco; Patent Law, San Francisco, The Best Lawyers in America (2011–2019)
Recognized, IAM Patent 1000 – The World's Leading Patent Practitioners (2014–2018)
Vice President, Board of Directors, Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
Chairman, The Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms (2013–2015)
President, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) (2013–2014)
Intellectual Property Advisory Board, John Marshall Law School
Member, Richard Linn American Inn of Court
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)