Deanna R. Kunze

Deanna is an experienced litigator who represents both intellectual property owners and accused infringers in matters involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights as well as related areas of commercial litigation. She specializes in multi-claim, multi-discipline cases that involve combinations of intellectual property rights and other contract or tort claims.

What do you focus on?

I litigate large-scale, multi-party actions as well as narrow disputes. My courtroom experience spans state and federal courts, as well as jury and bench trials. I particularly enjoy and specialize in rescuing “distressed cases.”

Women’s Health Care & Medical Devices

I have a passion for protecting the intellectual property that protects advancements in women’s health care. From OTC to surgical tools, I help doctors, scientists, and business individuals who work diligently to improve the health—and lives—of women around the globe. Protecting their intellectual property allows them to move their inventions through the development pipeline into real-world application and use.

Technical Litigation—Patent, Trade Secret & Copyright

I represent clients in actions involving a variety of industries and technologies, including medical devices, software, navigation equipment, consumer products, financial equipment, and audio systems. I focus on developing strategies to meet my clients’ goals, which can adapt as the litigation advances, as well as match the client’s business culture.

Brand Protection

I assist businesses in protecting well-established brands as well as growing businesses and product lines. From producers to distributors to retailers, my broad experience helps me counsel clients on how to best integrate and protect their intellectual property through multi-tiered strategies. I am particularly skilled with advising clients on holistic intellectual property management and protection strategies and policies.

What do you see on the horizon?

In the last several years, interest has spiked in research focused on women’s health, particularly within government agencies such as the FDA and NIH. In fact, the NIH recently completed its largest women’s health prevention study ever—a 15-year study of over 160,000 women. Increased research activity typically matures into increased invention—and the intellectual property that defines those inventions. In the next decade, I believe women’s health care will be at the forefront of medical advancement.

Publications & Presentations

Representative Experience

  • Advise clients in the health care and medical device fields on intellectual property protection strategies and policies
  • Represent clients in responding to subpoenas and managing document production
  • Advise beverage alcohol companies regarding consumer protection, brand management, vendor and distribution management, state and federal shipping and regulatory requirements, and intellectual property protection
  • Represented video gaming company in favorable settlement of multi-claim suit with competitors
  • Advise companies on software licensing and other intellectual property agreements
  • Represented several large corporations accused of infringing patents related to e-commerce in the Eastern District of Texas that were resolved through settlements or dismissals
  • Represented foreign corporation accused of patent infringement in temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction proceedings in the District of Nevada
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a fleet management company in a patent infringement action in the Northern District of Georgia
  • Represented energy consolidator in obtaining favorable settlement against accusations of consumer fraud before Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Advised industrial manufacturers on intellectual property protection strategies
  • Represented Fortune 500 telecommunications corporation in the Northern District of Illinois in a multi-party, multi-claim action regarding wireless communications software patents and trade secrets
  • Led trial team to jury verdict for plaintiff in a misappropriation of trade secrets matter in the Circuit Court of Cook County regarding scientific glassware and obtained a permanent injunction that was limitless in time against defendants
  • Member of a trial team that obtained a jury verdict for plaintiff on all claims in a patent infringement suit in the District of Massachusetts involving medical devices in the women’s health industry
  • Represented Fortune 500 utilities corporation in the Central District of California in a multi-district litigation matter regarding call processing software patents
  • Represented wireless infrastructure and equipment leader in the District of Delaware in a patent litigation matter regarding wireless location software
  • Obtained favorable summary judgment ruling and large attorney’s fees award for roll-your-own tobacco and rolling paper manufacturer in the Northern District of Illinois in a trademark litigation matter involving both its logos and trade dress
  • Represented financial payment processing solution provider in the Eastern District of Texas in patent litigation matter regarding electronic check processing methods and systems patents

Brunetti case attempts to further determine “unprotected speech”

Rochester Business Journal | July 26, 2019

This column by Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk analyzes a recent Supreme Court decision on whether individuals have a First Amendment right to register federal trademarks of “obscene” words and phrases. The column is based on an NP Alert written by Intellectual Property partners Jeff Costellia, Jason Kravitz and Deanna Kunze, and associate Anthony Duncan.


Deanna R. Kunze



Phone: 312-425-3971

Fax: 866-947-1702

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., (Order of the Coif; Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Editor)

University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude


Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Deanna was named a “Rising Star” in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the publisher of Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. Inclusion in “Super Lawyers” is based on a peer-review survey.

Deanna is an Ambassador for ResearcHERS, a movement and campaign of the American Cancer Society to support women researchers of women’s cancers.

Deanna also is a member of the Associate Board of the Lawyers for Creative Arts and a graduate of the WOMN Mentoring Program.

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