Margaret "Peggy" Herrmann


J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, 2017, magna cum laude

B.S., Chemistry, North Central College, 2014


Illinois; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Margaret “Peggy” Herrmann is a registered patent attorney whose intellectual property law experience includes IP litigation, patent post-issuance proceedings, patent preparation and prosecution, and clearance and legal opinions. Peggy has extensive experience drafting and negotiating various agreements including non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, professional services agreements, IP license agreements, and asset purchase agreements. She has worked with clients engaged in a spectrum of technology, such as semiconductors, virtual reality devices, building materials, automotive braking systems, medical devices, polymers, food science, food packaging, rail transportation, and personal mobility devices.

Peggy’s background includes working with both individual inventors, for whom she has drafted patent applications, various agreements, and demand letters, and multinational corporate clients, one of whom she supported as interim in-house patent counsel. She has additional experience evaluating patent portfolios for potential acquisition by a Fortune 500 client. Peggy has also served as a member of litigation or post-grant-proceeding teams which:

  • are enforcing the rights of a patent owner pertaining to eight patents and trade dress for protective enclosures of electronic devices
  • pursued cancellation of design patents related to automobile parts;
  • defended the rights of a patent owner related to catheter packaging;
  • defended the rights of an owner of semiconductor patents; and
  • enforced copyrights for an independent author.

Peggy is a strong advocate who relentlessly strives to assist her clients in achieving their immediate objectives while bearing in mind their overall goals and values.

Before rejoining Irwin IP LLC, Peggy was an Associate at an intellectual property boutique in Chicago.  While attending Chicago-Kent College of Law, Peggy served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Prior to law school, Peggy was a paralegal at a Chicago-area law firm, where she drafted settlement agreements and discovery responses, conducted legal research and analysis, and supported her supervising attorney at trial.

Northern District of Illinois

Chicago-Kent College of Law

  • SBA Alumna of the Year, 2019
  • Recipient of CALI Awards in Evidence (2015); Ethics & Advocacy (2016); Trial Advocacy 1 (2017); and Law of Social Networks (2017)
  • Bar and Gavel Society Inductee, 2017
  • Order of the Coif, 2017
  • Clinton E. Stryker Outstanding Commitment to Service Award, 2017
  • Clinton E. Stryker Distinguished Service Award, 2017

Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago – Young Members’ Committee
Chicago-Kent College of Law – Young Alumni Council
Linn Inn American Inn of Court
Illinois State Bar Association – Intellectual Property Section Council
PTAB Bar Association
Intellectual Property Owners’ Association – Patent Law Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Actively volunteering for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Filing trademark applications for local musicians for various services and goods

“IP Law Boot Camp for Non-IP Attorneys,” Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, April 25, 2019
“Law School, Intellectual Property, and the Path from Chemistry to the Legal Profession,” North Central College, Naperville, Ill., November 12, 2018
“Advanced Obviousness Analysis: Understanding the Reasonable Expectation of Success Doctrine,” Fitch Even Webinar, with David A. Gosse, May 31, 2018
Panelist, Legal Ethics roundtables, Paralegal Studies program, College of DuPage, 2013, 2014

“Identifying Your Trade Secrets; Simple, Right?,” with Brian M. Wishnow, American Intellectual Property Law Association 2018 Annual Meeting paper, Washington, D.C., October 26, 2018
Submissions Editor, Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property (2016–17)
Alexa, Am I Violating Legal Ethics?,” On the Edges of Science and Law (blog), Institute for Science, Law and Technology, May 31, 2017