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Scott A. Timmerman


Scott Timmerman focuses his practice on patent prosecution as well as litigation. He also counsels clients regarding patentability, validity, infringement, clearance, licensing, patent portfolio management, and due diligence issues. With a background in computer technology and programming, Scott’s patent practice generally focuses on the electrical and computer arts. His practice has covered technologies such as computer software, networking, wireless technology, telecommunications (including standard-essential patents), blockchain technology, cybersecurity, electronic devices, memory systems, circuitry, digital encoding, navigation, and electro-optical devices, with extensive experience in Internet and e-commerce related technologies. Scott is familiar with numerous computing systems and programming languages.

Clients value not only Scott’s technical background, but also his communications skills and ability to work directly with inventors. Scott speaks their language. He quickly establishes what makes an innovation unique, and then writes a patent application that clearly describes the specific technology. Scott gets the technical details right in his patent applications, but also ensures they are easily understood. Both of these elements are critical in securing the broadest possible patent protection for his clients.

Always thinking forward, Scott maintains an active watch over his clients’ respective industries, ensuring the patents he drafts protect their competitive edge. Knowing that patent law is always evolving, Scott actively monitors market and technology changes that may affect his clients and provides advice tailored to their unique patent portfolios. Those changes may also include litigation, legislation, case law, or other developments that would affect his clients. For Scott, client service means identifying—and solving—problems before they arise. 

Prior to joining the firm, Scott was a shareholder with Brinks Gilson & Lione.


  • University of Iowa, B.S. Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics (2001) with honors
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. (2004) with distinction


  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • University of Iowa Alumni Association


Admitted to practice: Illinois, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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