Edward D. Manzo
Edward D. Manzo practices IP litigation, client counseling, and patent and trademark portfolio development at Husch Blackwell LLP in Chicago. Before joining the firm, he was a co-founder of an IP law firm in Chicago. He was President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) from 2010–11 and now serves as Immediate Past President. He originated and serves as lead author and editor-in-chief of Patent Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit (2006–date) and Patent Claim Interpretation—Global Edition (2008–date), both Thomson Reuters/West annual publications. Also, he is lead author of Patent Reform 2011—The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: Commentary and Analysis (Thomson Reuters/West Oct. 5, 2011). He presents his Claim Construction Game® and other law lectures throughout the U.S., and he taught the doctrinal course on patent law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law. He also teaches a focused course on patent claim interpretation for Patent Resources Group. Edward coauthored the pattern jury instructions adopted in 2008 for use in patent jury trials in the Seventh Circuit and coauthored the Local Patent Rules adopted in late 2009 by the U.S. District Court (Northern District of Illinois). He was recognized as one of the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers for 2010 and 2011 and has been an “Illinois Super Lawyer” for IP litigation for several years. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America (2010–11) and holds an “AV-Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Edward is a pupilage group leader for the Richard Linn American Inn of Court and is a member of the bars of NY, IL, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received degrees in Physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Unified Honors Program, 1972) and law (SUNY-Buffalo, now University at Buffalo, cum laude, 1975).