Daniel J. Schwartz



Daniel Schwartz collaborates with clients to build and protect their intellectual assets through both intellectual property litigation and portfolio management. He advises on 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.

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, 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.

IP Counseling Expertise

Additionally, Dan counsels on intellectual property portfolio management and transactions, including structuring and negotiating IP licenses, joint ventures and technology agreements. Dan has served as the IP portfolio manager for a Fortune 150 defense contractor, guiding the client in developing and administering its patent, trademark and trade secret strategy.

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

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

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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