Daniel J. Schwartz



Dan Schwartz loves the intersection of law, technology and competition. He works with clients to protect and build their businesses through intellectual property issues. Dan is a first-chair intellectual property trial lawyer for complex patent litigation as well as trade secrets, trademark, copyright and licensing litigation in federal court and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dan also advises clients on technology issues such as intellectual asset and portfolio management, and risk assessment.

Dan has emerged as a leader on legal issues arising from artificial intelligence (AI) and, in particular, intellectual property issues and artificial intelligence. He frequently speaks and presents on these issues as they continue to develop.

Patent and Intellectual Property Litigation

Dan has represented some of the world’s largest industrial, medical device and telecommunications companies in patent litigation. He has tried cases, as well as handled numerous preliminary injunction matters, Markman hearings and dispositive motion hearings, in dozens of patent infringement matters. He also advises and counsels on IPRs and other proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Dan’s experience includes the following technologies: complex polymer chemistry, wireless communications protocols, chemistry and chemical engineering technologies, arterial stents, telecommunication networking architecture, GIS/geo-location technologies and database management, QR code technologies, and internet-related technologies.

Dan also represents clients in software and licensing disputes, including copyright and trade secrets disputes.

Technology and Artificial Intelligence Counseling

Technology, intellectual assets and data have emerged as the most important assets a client may maintain. Dan collaborates with clients to assess risk factors and prepare strategies for pursuing and/or implementing new technologies. His work includes patent/trade secret strategy development for AI development entities, and counseling clients in the risks associated with implementing AI and related technologies.

Faculty Positions

  • Northwestern University Law School — Adjunct Professor, teaches courses in Patent Law
  • Loyola University School of Law — Previously co-taught Patent Litigation


Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt


Northwestern University
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1992)

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
J.D. Journal of International Law and Business (1995)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Patent Litigation With NPEs
    February 2015
  • Leveraging Strategies and Scheduling Complexities in Patent Cases to Design Successful Infringement Defenses
    Chapter author, Recent Trends in Patent Infringement Lawsuits, Aspatore Books, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

Civic Activities

  • Anti-Defamation League — Board Member
  • Cycle For Survival — Organizing Committee


  • Illinois Leading Lawyers — Intellectual Property, 2015-19
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016, 2018
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