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Jonathan A. Schnayer*

Patent Agent

*Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Michael Best professional not admitted to practice law.


Jonathan brings a deep technical knowledge of complex electrical and computer technologies and a comprehensive analytical approach to problem solving to all phases of patent prosecution and patent litigation.

Jonathan has considerable experience in wireless communication technologies, such as broadband communication networks including Long-Term Evolution (LTE), narrowband networks including Land Mobile Radio (LMR), and wireless local area networks including Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Z-Wave. His focus includes:

  • Advising clients on patentability
  • Drafting utility patent applications
  • Prosecuting United States and international patent applications
  • Analyzing the technical operation of commercial products
  • Preparing claim charts for multiple patent litigation matters


Prior to joining Michael Best, Jonathan was a design engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, where he developed firmware and hardware for high-speed data transfer systems used in high-energy physics research. He has also worked as a technical consultant for a Chicago-based litigation and business services law firm, where he provided technical background information for patent litigation matters.


Jonathan’s notable experience includes:

  • Prepared descriptions of high-voltage DC power sources in prior art references for a patent owner preliminary response in an inter partes review (IPR). The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) relied on these descriptions in its decision to deny institution of the IPR.
  • Preparing non-infringement and invalidity claim charts and conducting technical analyses of accused and prior art products for the defense of a multi-million dollar patent infringement case. The case was settled in negotiation prior to trial in favor of our theater lighting-industry client.
  • Drafting utility patent applications, responding to office actions, and conducting examiner interviews for a Fortune 500 wireless data communication and telecommunication equipment provider.





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