About Ted

Helping clients create commercial value through strategic patent counsel 

Ted Barthel is a patent attorney who works with sole inventors, start-up entities, emerging businesses and global Fortune 500 companies in protecting and leveraging their innovations for commercial advantage. He has drafted hundreds of patent applications and is well-versed in myriad technologies, including:

  • Chemical arts such as plastics/elastomers (polyolefins), adhesives, polyurethanes, wire and cable coating materials, automotive plastics/rubber, adhesives, polymerization production processes and organic light emitting diode compositions
  • Sustainable technologies like solid-state hydrogen fuel, purified silicon, algae production, anaerobic digestion, biosolid remediation, desalination, solar thermal and water purification
  • eCommerce systems and smartphone applications
  • Organic light emitting diodes and semiconductor structures
  • Nano-/micro-layer film technology
  • Food science like food packaging, packaging adhesives and food products (confectionery, chewing gum and snack foods)
  • Medical products such as medical devices, medical fluid delivery systems and pharmaceutical formulations
  • Mechanical arts like consumer goods and clothing articles

Ted’s ability to frame intellectual property questions in practical business terms for decisions-makers is a real value-add for his clients. His strategic counsel enables clients to create cost-effective and meaningful intellectual property portfolios with tangible commercial value.

Ted regularly lectures MBA students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on intellectual property topics. Prior to entering the practice of law, Ted worked as a production and research chemist at a leading global chemical, life science and biotechnology company.

Experience in Action

  • Counsels on strategic intellectual property matters for decision makers. Ted advises clients on the protection of key business innovations and the development of meaningful intellectual property portfolios.
  • Provides patent counsel to clients across the globe. Ted manages complex global patent portfolios and helps clients with the preparation and prosecution of patents in the U.S. and worldwide.
  • Drafts and negotiates intellectual property license agreements.
  • Prepares patentability, freedom-to-operate and patent noninfringement opinions.
  • Provides trademark counsel to emerging businesses.

Professional Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Patent Law, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Intellectual Property, 2021

Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Association (Member)
  • Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (Member)
  • Jackson Park Jazz Orchestra, Saxophonist
  • St. Thomas More Lawyers Society of Wisconsin - Board of Governors

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