Edward D. Manzo: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Edward D. Manzo

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Manufacturing & Transportation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Manufacturing
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Patents
Contact InfoTelephone: 312.526.1535
Fax: 312.655.1501
University Polytechnic Institute of New York University, B.S., Physics, 1972 Unified Honors Program
Law SchoolState University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1975
Admitted1976, New York; 1979, Illinois; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1976; 1979, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 1976, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 2007, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York; 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; 1984, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Association of Patent Law Firms, Board of Directors, 2007-2008
•Federal Circuit Bar Association
•Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), Council of Past Presidents, chair, 2012-2015; president, 2010-2011; president-elect, 2009-2010; vice president, 2008-2009; Membership Committee, chair, 2007-2009; Board of Managers, 2005-2007; Litigation Committee, chair, 2002-2005; Litigation Committee, vice chair, 2001-2002
•Richard Linn American Inn of Court, Master; group chair, 2009-2010, 2011-2012; group vice chair, 2007-2008
•U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, Patents Subcommittee, 2005-2008, 2012
•U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Local Patent Rules Committee, 2008-2009, 2012


With deep knowledge in intellectual property law, Edward is known for his groundbreaking patent work in the courtroom, the classroom and the legal community. With a degree in Physics, his experience extends across a broad range of technologies. He has resolved patent and trademark infringements and misappropriations for manufacturers of semiconductors, consumer goods, computing systems, infrastructure materials and medical technology. Edward, a member of Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, traces his industry connection to his prelaw days when he operated equipment in a factory and worked as a motorcycle mechanic for Honda. His industry representations include:
•Defending three lawsuits against a manufacturer of plastic and metal tables and chairs.
•Securing injunctive relief for Japanese tool-making company in a family name dispute.
•Limiting damages for patent infringement involving a certain type of conveyor belt to $1 plus costs.

For one individual patent owner, Edward won five consecutive appeals at the Federal Circuit, establishing an exception to Supreme Court law in one case, rewriting the equitable defense of laches in three others, and reversing an inequitable conduct ruling in yet another.

In 2007 Edward assimilated his decades of patent law experience into “The Claim Construction Game, ” a unique teaching tool in patent claim interpretation for professionals in the legal field. He has taught the doctrinal patent law course at DePaul University College of Law and has led dozens of lectures for the Patent Resources Group, law schools, bar associations and Intellectual Property Inns of Court.

Active in the legal community, Edward is either author or co-author of four respected reference books: one focuses on patent claim interpretation law in the United States; the second covers the same topic on a global basis; the third and fourth examine the America Invents Act. He co-authored the pattern jury instructions adopted by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, in 2008 and the local patent rules adopted in 2009 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. One of his books on claim construction has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and several federal district courts.

Before joining the firm in 2010, Edward was a shareholder and co-founder of Cook Alex Ltd. in Chicago.

Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent, 2010-2015
Illinois Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2005-2013; Top 100, 2010-2012, 2014
•IP Star of 2014, Managing IP
•The Linn IP Inn of Court Alliance, Distinguished Service Medal, 2012
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent, 1983-2013
•Outstanding Service Award, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, 2008

Civic Involvement
•Chicago Engineers Foundation, Board of Directors, 2010-2012
•Concertante di Chicago, Board of Directors, 1997-2005
•DePaul University College of Law, Center for Intellectual Property and Law and Information Technology, Board of Advisors, 2002-present
•Edward D. Manzo Scholars in Patent Law program, DePaul University College of Law, founder
•Lake Forest Symphony, Board of Directors, 2007-2010
•Patent Resources Group Inc., Board of Advisors, 2008-present; course lecturer, 2009-present
•Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, International Board of Directors, 2011-2014
•Stradivari Society of Chicago

•Lead counsel or of-counsel for Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.
•Rewrote the law of laches and estoppel in patent cases. Hemstreet v. Computer Entry Systems Corp., 972 F.2d 1290 (Fed.Cir. 1992)
•Extricated clients from judgments of inequitable conduct. Hemstreet v. Burroughs Corp., 861 F.2d 728 (Fed. Cir. 1988); Hycor Corp. v. Schlueter Co., 740 F.2d 1529, (Fed.Cir. 1984)
•Established an exception to the Supreme Court's Lear Doctrine to preserve a client's right to receive settlement payments even after the patents in lawsuit were ruled unenforceable. Hemstreet v. Spiegel Inc. and Recognition Equipment Inc., 851 F.2d 348 (Fed.Cir. 1988)
•Limited damages for patent infringement to $1 plus costs. Serpentix Conveyor Corp. v. Roth, 726 F.Supp. 282; 15 USPQ 2d 1074, (D.Colo. 1989)
•Developed law regarding inventorship. See In re Application of Hardee, 223 USPQ 1122 (Comm'r Pat. 1984) (cited in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Manual of Patent Examining Procedure)
•Obtained injunctive relief for Japanese corporation in a family name dispute with former CEO of tool-making company. Miyano Machinery USA Inc. v. MiyanoHitec Machinery Inc., 576 F.Supp.2d 868 (N.D.Ill. 2008)
•Led a team of nine lawyers defending a manufacturer of plastic and metal tables and chairs in three lawsuits. After the court construed the patent claims largely in favor of the client in the Illinois action, the case settled amicably before trial in all venues. Lifetime Prods. v. GSC Technologies Corp., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11282, (N.D.Ill. 2004)
•Defended against a trade dress infringement claim for the styling of a window air conditioner. Fedders Corp. v. Elite Classics et al., 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7570 (S.D.Ill. 2003) (preliminary injunction denied)

Business Insights

Business Insights
8.01.14 The America Invents Act: A Guide to Patent Litigation and Procedure, Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Article
7.28.14 “Patent Definiteness in the Courts and Patent Office,” West LegalEdcenter
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Webinar
6.03.14 The Impact of the America Invents Act on Trade Secrets, 13 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 497
6.02.14 Partner Edward Manzo's Book Cited By The Supreme Court
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Blog
5.13.14 Patent Claim Drafting, Practicing Law Institute's Patent Boot Camp
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Speaking Engagement
2.14.14 Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Claim Construction
1.01.14 “Patent Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit,” Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Article
11.10.13 Claim Construction and Implications
Speaking Engagement
9.26.13 The U.S. - China Supply Chain 2013: Insight & Oversight
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation Seminar Chicago, IL
2.25.13 The America Invents Act: A Guide to Patent Litigation and Patent Procedure
Speaking Engagement London, UK

In The News
9.08.14 Leading Lawyers Magazine: Husch Blackwell Patent Partner Edward Manzo Profiled
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8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
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1.13.14 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2014 Names Five Husch Blackwell Partners in Chicago
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8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
4.01.13 Financier Worldwide: Husch Blackwell's Edward Manzo Answers 10 Questions about the America Invents Act
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Coverage
3.05.13 Edward Manzo Writes Comprehensive Guide to the America Invents Act for Patent Attorneys
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
1.04.13 Three Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2013
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8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
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4.03.12 American Inns of Court Honors Two Husch Blackwell Partners with Linn Inn Alliance Distinguished Service Medals
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1.03.12 Eight Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2012
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Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Claim Construction
Erik B. Flom,Edward D. Manzo, February 24, 2014
On February 10, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued an important ruling on how patent claims are to be construed by the PTAB. The Court emphasized that its general rule that the evidence in the patent and the patent application proceedings (intrinsic evidence) outweighs other evidence (extrinsic...

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Edward D. Manzo

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2200
ChicagoIL 60606-3912


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