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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 electrical and computer technologies such as embedded systems, computer architectures, vehicle control systems, theater lighting, LED lighting systems, MEMS microphones, and electrical transformers. 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
  • Assisting in the preparation of expert witness declarations and expert witness depositions

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:

  • Drafting utility patent applications, responding to office actions, and conducting examiner interviews for an automotive control systems client. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted the patents.
  • Drafting utility patent applications, responding to office actions, and conducting examiner interviews for a client in the electrical transformers industry. Patents were granted by the USPTO.
  • Assisting in the successful patent prosecution of utility patent applications for a MEMS microphone manufacturer by drafting applications, responding to office actions, and conducting examiner interviews. Patents were granted by the USPTO.
  • 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 the theater lighting client.



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