Daniel J. Burnham

Dan Burnham has a comprehensive intellectual property practice that encompasses a diverse range of sophisticated technologies and legal issues. He is a registered patent attorney who represents clients in federal courts and at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

What do you focus on?

I utilize my engineering experience to work closely with clients in the product development process, helping to avoid competitive patents and ensure commercial exploitation of new products through effective intellectual property protection.

I have significant experience in developing and managing patent and trademark portfolios for small, emerging-growth companies as well as for large, established corporations. I have been involved in numerous litigation matters and ADR proceedings in the United States, Europe and China. Negotiating and drafting license agreements and other technology-related contracts is another practice area that I am frequently called upon to handle.

By combining my practical, hands-on industry experience with knowledge of key aspects of intellectual property law, I provide my domestic and international clients with strategic intellectual property counseling that helps them achieve their business objectives.

Representative areas of technical knowledge:

  • Semiconductor laser diodes
  • Medical devices
  • Gaming software and processes
  • MEMS devices
  • Digital-dentistry software and processes
  • Coin and currency machines
  • Laser systems
  • Casino gaming machines
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Acoustic transducers
  • Surface treatment technology
  • Consumer products
  • Pipe repair technology
  • Hearing aids
  • Dental implant systems
  • Consumer packaging

What do you see on the horizon?

With the Supreme Court’s recent decision in SCA Hygiene Products, which eliminates the equitable defense of laches in patent infringement actions, accused infringers must now look to other defenses to limit the patentee’s past damage model. Accordingly, we may now see more cases focused on whether the patentee has met the notice requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 287(a), which permits the recovery of past damages.


Daniel J. Burnham



Phone: 312-425-8513

Fax: 866-658-4079

University of Illinois, B.S.M.E, with honors

Saint Louis University, J.D., cum laude

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office



  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2021, Litigation—Intellectual Property and Patent Law; listed since 2019
  • Managing Intellectual Property—Recognized as an “IP Star” (2018–2020)
  • IAM Patent 1000—Ranked as a leading lawyer for patent prosecution (2018–2020)

American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section)
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

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