Nick Wheeler


Practices & Industries:

Utility Patent, Design Patent, Trademark & Advertising, IP Counseling and Transactions

Contact Information:

(312) 667-6285

Nick Wheeler is an intellectual property litigator and counselor with experience in a broad range of intellectual property topics including utility patents, design patents, intellectual property licensing, trademark litigation, cybersquatting, and copyright litigation.  He has played a significant role within multiple patent litigations, including assisting in managing discovery, authoring non-dispositive motions, taking and defending expert and fact depositions, and drafting summary judgment motions. Nick’s practice is primarily focused on patent litigation and has represented clients in matters and proceedings in United States federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. 


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Prior Experience

Prior to joining Irwin IP, Nick was a summer associate for Irwin IP.  Nick also represented clients in various patent, trademark, and copyright matters through Indiana University’s Intellectual Property Clinic and through his externship with Indiana University’s Office of Licensing and Trademarks, which included drafting patent applications, drafting trademark applications, counseling clients on various intellectual property protection schemes, drafting cease and desist letters, drafting opinion letters, responding to patent and trademark office actions, drafting software developer agreements, and drafting licensing agreements.

As a student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Nick served as a managing editor of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, as the audio editor of the Indiana University IP Theory Journal podcast: Fire of Genius, and as a research affiliate with Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research.  Nick was also involved with Maurer’s Intellectual Property Association, the Indianapolis IP Inn of Court, and was a member of Maurer’s 2019 1st place International Patent Drafting Competition team.

Membership & Affiliations

Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Volunteer, Lawyers for the Creative Arts


Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D. 2019, cum laude, Cybersecurity Law and Policy Certificate

  • CALI Awards:
    • International Intellectual Property (2018)
    • Intellectual Property Clinic (2018)
  • 2019 International Patent Drafting Competition Team Champion

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016

B.S. General Engineering,
Minor in Business



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