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Zachary  Van Engen

Zachary Van EngenAssociate

120 South LaSalle Street
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60603VCard
312.577.7007 fax
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J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2019, magna cum laude
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Dordt University, 2016B.A., Physics, Dordt University, 2016


Technical Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

Illinois ColoradoU.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Order of the Coif
  • Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition team

Zachary Van Engen’s practice includes utility and design patent preparation and prosecution, product clearance studies, freedom-to-operate and infringement analysis, and IP-related due diligence and transactions. He has also prepared documents and conducted research for post-issuance proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and other litigation matters.

In addition, Zach drafts and reviews a wide variety of business contracts, commercial agreements, and intellectual property agreements, including product distribution agreements, licenses, and gift card terms and conditions, among others.

Clients Zach has worked with range from technology startups to large global manufacturers, many in the computer technology, electronics, mechanical engineering, medical device, and other high-tech industries.

Zach holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. degree in Physics, both from Dordt University. Through two intensive engineering internships as an undergraduate, he gained experience designing control systems for industrial facilities and improving the manufacturing of semi-truck cab suspension components. Zach’s strong engineering and physics background provides him with a clearer understanding of clients’ technologies, enabling him to more effectively and efficiently communicate with inventors and in-house counsel.

Prosecutes utility applications for a global magnetic components manufacturer. Analyzes competitors’ products to determine infringement.

Prepares and prosecutes utility applications for a global manufacturer of garage door openers and other access products.

Reviews and amends business contracts and drafted vendor regulations for a large multinational hospitality company.

Prepared provisional patent application directed to eyewear devices for an independent inventor/entrepreneur.

Prosecuted numerous patent applications directed to medical devices and equipment for a large multinational medical supply manufacturer and distributor.

Analyzed prior art for a non-infringement opinion for a leading haptic technology startup company.


  • “Latest Developments in the Patentability of AI- and Software-Based Inventions,” Fitch Even Webinar, with Thomas Lebens, September 24, 2020.


  • Lyhus, J. and Van Engen, Z., “Federal Circuit Clarifies Secondary Meaning and Infringement Issues for Product Design Trade Dress,” A.I.P.P.I., vol. 64, no. 3, 2019.

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