Nick Wheeler


Practices & Industries:

Utility Patent, Design Patent, Trademark & Advertising, Patent office validity challenges, IP Counseling and Transactions, Arts and entertainment law

Contact Information:

(312) 667-6285


Nick Wheeler is an associate at Irwin IP.  Nick’s practice involves all areas of Intellectual Property law and focuses specifically on patent and trademark litigation.  Nick also works to prepare arguments and defenses in post grant proceedings before the PTAB.

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



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Be careful of showing your claimed inventions at tradeshows.  On February 15, 2023, the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) affirmed a summary judgment ruling that, by merely showcasing an embodying device at an industry event (the “Event”), Minerva Surgical, Inc. (“Minerva”) had engaged in an invalidating public use more than one…
On November 17, 2022, the District of Delaware adjudicated a perfect storm of international patent enforcement: a method claim infringement dispute between an Australian patent owner (F45) and the U.S. subsidiary (BFT) of another foreign company (BFT Australia) where some steps were performed in Australia, and others by BFT’s…
On August 23, 2022, the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) rejected an attack on the Alice/Mayo patent eligibility framework (“Alice/Mayo”), finding it was sufficiently defined based on judicial precedent to be usable in practice, was not arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) as the APA does not apply…