Johanna M. Wilbert, Partner


Johanna Wilbert practices in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation. Her experience has included a variety of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and false advertising litigation and appeals.

Her recent experiences include

  • Protected a falsely accused infringer by filing a declaratory judgment action and obtaining summary judgment the  invalidated all patent claims at issue, for a complete victory for the accused infringer.
  • Successfully represented a large manufacturer of mining equipment in its trade secret theft and patent infringement case against a competitor who had stolen design drawings. The case settled shortly before trial in June 2010, with a $25 million payment to our client.
  • Representing companies in trademark matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, including oppositions and cancellations.
  • Representing an inventor in an appeal from the Board of Patent Appeals and interferences.
  • Pursuit of misrepresentation and fraud claims in commercial disputes.
  • Pursuit and defense of a variety of patent infringement lawsuits regarding various products.

Representative Cases

Starsurgical, Inc. v. Aperta, LLC, 832 F. Supp. 2d 1000 (E.D. Wis. 2011) (obtained a preliminary injunction preventing defendants from using plaintiff's WITTMANN PATCH trademark in connection with surgical patch).

Standard Process v. Banks, 554 F.Supp.2d 866. (E.D. Wis.) (successful defense of trademark case involving trademark use on the internet, sponsored links, and metatags).

Standard Process v. Total Health, 559 F.Supp.2d 932. (E.D. Wis.) (trademark and tortious interference case involving internet sales of dietary supplements).

Advanced Fiber Technologies Trust v. J&L Fiber Services, Inc., 2010 WL 3703048 (N.D.N.Y. Sept. 13, 2010) (successfully prevented summary judgment against our client J&L Fiber Services, and at the same time persuaded the court to adopt favorable claim constructions and to dismiss certain claims as a result of the claim constructions).

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2006)
    • University of Wisconsin Moot Court (Treasurer)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.S., 2002)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2007
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2006

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Member)
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic (Volunteer, advising low-income members of the Spanish-speaking community on various legal issues).