Edward Runyan

Senior Attorney

Practices & Industries:

Utility Patent, Design Patent, Patent office validity challenges, IP Counseling and Transactions, Trademark prosecution

Contact Information:

(312) 667-6180


Edward Runyan is a registered patent attorney with over twenty years of experience regarding patent infringement litigation in U.S. Federal Courts and the ITC.  Edward has also provided general counseling for patents and technology, drafting and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications, and he also has experience advising on the IP aspects of mergers and acquisitions such as portfolio analysis and IP due diligence.

Before joining Irwin IP, Edward was an IP litigation partner at two of the world’s largest law firms.  In addition to his extensive legal experience, Edward was previously employed as a Master Systems Electrical Engineer at United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Rockford, IL where he was responsible for the design, development and support of electrical power generating systems for commercial and military aircraft.

Court Admissions

Illinois State Bar
Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Practice Areas

Patent Litigation
Inter Partes Review
Patent Drafting and Prosecution (U.S. and International)
Patentability Analysis and Opinions
IP Portfolio Analysis


IEEE member


“Supreme Court Rules Greater Precision and Clarity Required of Patent Claims” June 5, 2014
– “Attorneys’ Fees in Patent Cases” May 6,2014

Representative Legal Matters

Barco.  Trial and lead counsel for Barco, N.V. in several offensive and defensive patent infringement matters involving displays, semiconductors (e.g., microprocessors) and related technologies.  Several defensive matters resulted in case dismissals without payment; and first-chairing a claim construction argument that resulted in invalidation of all system claims of an asserted patent.

Pergo v. Alloc. Trial counsel for defendant; 2-week jury trial, resulting in a complete defense victory, upheld on appeal.


Purdue University, B.S.  (1982)

DePaul University School of Law, J.D. (2000)



Clever covert spy activities during active litigation may backfire.  Recently, Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto recommended dismissing all of Site 2020’s patent infringement claims against Superior Traffic with prejudice because Site 2020 acted in bad faith and “engaged deliberately in deceptive practices that undermine the integrity of judicial proceedings.”…
In a patent dispute between plaintiffs ChromaDex and Dartmouth College and defendant Elysium Health over spilled milk, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Delaware District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the Elysium Health, based  the subject matter of the asserted patent being patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. §…
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently denied a renewed motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to prohibit sales of Defendants’ hoverboards that allegedly infringed Plaintiffs’ design patents (exemplary comparison pictured below): The renewed motion came after the Court had previously issued a preliminary…