Carrie A. Beyer

Partner

Overview

Carrie Beyer is an accomplished trial lawyer who litigates high-stakes intellectual property disputes in courts and arbitration forums nationwide. Drawing on a background in electrical engineering, Carrie brings technical skills and a passion for science to her IP work. She is especially adept in cases at the intersection of technology and commerce.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Carrie has helped clients enforce and defend their intellectual property rights in trials, actions before the International Trade Commission (ITC), contested proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and arbitrations. She has significant experience leading teams in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), having represented clients in nearly two dozen IPRs, and defending favorable PTAB decisions at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Carrie has helped clients secure numerous favorable results, including jury verdicts, findings of no violation by the ITC, significant arbitration awards and directed defense verdicts.

Technical Experience

An engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace before entering the legal profession, Carrie is an asset in cases involving complex technologies. She has represented clients in matters related to smart phones and tablets, blenders, multifocal contact lenses, user interfaces for retail websites, wireless phones and tax calculation software, among other products.

Intellectual Property Counsel

Carrie counsels clients on sophisticated intellectual property issues and assists clients with due diligence in business transactions. She has prepared and prosecuted patent applications in the electrical, mechanical and related arts for clients in the aerospace, consumer electronics, toy and telecommunications industries.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar

Education

University of Illinois
J.D. with honors, University of Illinois Law Review (2004)

Iowa State University
B.S. in Electrical Engineering and History (2000)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association – Patent Litigation Committee and Claim Construction Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • The Richard Linn American Inn of Court
  • PTAB Bar Association

Honors

  • Illinois Super Lawyers — Intellectual Property Litigation, 2018-20
  • Illinois Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2010-17
  • Leading Lawyers — Emerging Lawyer, Intellectual Property Law, 2015-19
  • University of Illinois— Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Publications
  • Iowa State University — Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society; Mortar Board Honor Society; Order of Omega Honor Society; Golden Key Honor Society; Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies

Awards Methodology

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