Michael J. Krautner
“I find my work gratifying because by protecting inventions, I help encourage innovators to continue to develop and advance new technologies.”

Michael J. KrautnerPartner

120 South LaSalle Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603VCard
312.577.7007 fax
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J.D., University of Michigan, 2005
M.S.E., Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, 2000B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999, cum laude


Technical Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

IllinoisU.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeU.S. District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisU.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, Leading Lawyers Network (2015 and 2016)

Michael J. Krautner is a patent attorney and a litigator with a broad-based intellectual property law practice.

With a technical background in mechanical and industrial engineering, Michael has counseled clients on a wide variety of technologies, including these: 

  • Medical devices
  • Industrial tools and machinery
  • Touch-screen devices
  • Fiber optics
  • Business methods
  • Software
  • Mobile electronics
  • Automotive equipment
  • Jet engines
  • Train and rail equipment
  • Oil production equipment

Michael’s patent prosecution work has resulted in the issuance of patents that have survived attack during reexamination and litigation proceedings. With his guidance, Michael’s clients have been able to successfully enforce many of these patents against potential infringers.

Michael also has significant experience managing all facets of IP litigation. He has drafted scores of winning motions, conducted and defended several critical depositions, and prepared many witnesses for depositions and trial. Michael relies on his litigation background to obtain patents that will stand up in litigation and post-grant proceedings and help his clients maximize the commercial value of their inventions.  

Prior to law school, Michael worked as an engineer for a manufacturer of automobile fluid handling systems, overseeing the design, development, and production of several multimillion-dollar product lines sold to U.S. and foreign automobile companies.

Michael holds an M.S. in Engineering with a focus on Industrial and Operations Engineering and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, Michael was a member of the men’s rowing team, competing at the highest intercollegiate level for four years and helping to lead the team to a top-ten national finish.

Represented prevailing defendant, a global manufacturer of medical device products, in a lawsuit seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages for patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. Managed and directed every aspect of the litigation, including preparing every motion filed, overseeing discovery, hiring and preparing all technical experts, and managing all pre-trial and trial-related matters.

Represented prevailing complainant in a proceeding before the International Trade Commission that resulted in a ten-year ban on the importation of products related to an organized trade secret heist taking place in China.

Saved a client from an expensive litigation proceeding by preparing a comprehensive and detailed request for reexamination and promptly filing a motion to stay the litigation. The motion to stay was granted, and the reexamination resulted in the rejection of all patent claims.

Paved the way for a client to quickly build a large market presence by using expedited examination to quickly secure multiple patents of varying scope. The patents have survived attack on reexamination and in litigation, and have been enforced against infringers.


  • "Full Disclosure: Bridging the Information Gap Between Inventors and the Patent System," Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery Webinar, April 27, 2017.
  • “Tech & IP: How to Leverage Intellectual Property to Maximize Your Business’s Potential,” Illinois Technology Association webinar, with Eric L. Broxterman, Joseph H. Herron, and Joseph F. Marinelli, August 31, 2016.
  • "Provisionally Patented: The Strategic Use of Effective Provisional Applications," Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery Webinar, with Conor S. Hunt, August 28, 2014.
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association

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