Jeremy R. Kriegel, whose practice focuses on design and mechanical patent matters, personifies his belief that creativity doesn’t end with the invention. Chambers 2013 lists him as a “key individual” at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, praising the “thorough[ness] in his consideration of the issues and their potential impact on his client’s business,” and his “innovative insight and creative solutions.” Chambers 2012 says he "is known for his work in medical device patents. He is well-respected by his peers for his expertise in patent prosecution." Jeremy reliably guides clients in such industries as medical devices and consumer products, across all phases of the product life-cycle. His clients find he readily grasps complex IP rights and business issues, building from his training in mechanical engineering. Detail-oriented by nature, he navigates clients toward optimal business positions through careful counsel and forward-thinking intellectual property strategies. Jeremy’s approach to design patents leverages clever strategies to obtain broad, yet practical, protection of ornamental designs for physical articles as well as static and dynamic graphical user interfaces. 

Jeremy has been named an “IP Star” in the Managing IP IP Stars Survey since 2016, selected to Illinois Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property since 2017, and honored as one of the “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” since 2017 by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. He was also selected as a “Leading Lawyer” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. In 2024, Jeremy was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© list in the practice area of Litigation–Patent. 

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Representative Experience

Jeremy secured numerous patents for a global innovator of automated bottling, labeling, and quality control systems. He coordinated patent applications on consumer packaging and injection molding innovations for a Fortune 100 company. Jeremy has obtained over 500 design patents for clients, including several animated graphical user interfaces for a global Internet solutions provider. He has also counseled several medical device developers and manufacturers through patent application processes and freedom to practice issues, carefully guiding the companies in the protection of significant advancements in catheters, dental instruments, orthopedic devices, breastpumps, and ostomy products. As a result, they were able to bring to market products that have helped many people realize increased comfort and dignity after surgery, as well as an improved quality of life. In addition, he served as patent interference counsel in cases ranging from paper shredders to window shade pull devices and steered an industry-leading maker of injection-molded components for drainage, septic tank components, construction and consumer products through a myriad of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret issues, from early design through product launch and beyond. In balancing patentable opportunities with infringement clearance concerns, Jeremy eased this innovative company’s products’ route to significant market successes.

Jeremy has also guided company innovations in such areas as:

  • Intravenous drug delivery systems
  • Dental instruments
  • Gravity-feed shelving
  • Furniture components
  • In-line bottling technology
  • Ink jet printing technology
  • Meat processing equipment
  • Fluid control systems
  • On-site waste systems
  • Retail displays
  • Railcar decking and door hangers
  • Consumer products
  • Hardware
  • Manufacturing equipment technology
  • Athletic technology

Background and Credentials

Jeremy prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patents in a wide range of mechanical technologies. He also helps lead companies' products to market by counseling on patent and trademark infringement, licensing, patent validity, right-to-make issues, and product marking. In addition, he is experienced in patent and trademark licensing, trademark litigation and prosecution matters, as well as Internet domain name disputes.

He has also represented clients in patent litigation matters, including participation in all phases of discovery, Markman hearings, and settlement negotiations.

His approach to securing patents begins with solid analysis and attention to detail. Then he leads clients through the process, simplifying complex issues for them. He works closely with them all along the way, being easily accessible to clients and helping them avoid pitfalls and realize commercial advantages within the nuanced, ever-changing world of intellectual property law.

Jeremy received his J.D. in 1995 from Washington University School of Law (St. Louis, MO). He received his B.S., with distinction, in mechanical engineering and a Certificate in Management Studies, with a concentration in public sector analysis, from the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) in 1992, where he was inducted into the honors society Tau Beta Pi. While in law school, Jeremy served on the law review editorial board as Notes and Comments editor for the Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Edward M. Thomas of the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.


  • Washington University School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of Rochester (B.S., with distinction)
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • University of Rochester
    • Certificate in Management Studies, public sector analysis

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Publications and Presentations

  • "Protection of Design Rights in the Virtual World," Co-Panelist, 2023 Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Annual Meeting, September 12, 2023. 
  • “Instilling Others With A Can-Do Attitude: Meet Patent Attorney and Experienced Meliora Collective Mentor Jeremy Kriegel ’92,” University of Rochester Alumni News, August 2023.
  • "Should You Get on the Patent Prosecution Highway?Law360, July 21, 2023.
  • "Legal Connect Presents!" – Panelist, University of Rochester 2022 Meliora Weekend inaugural event for alumni/student/faculty legal networking community, October 1, 2022.
  • "Highlights from Joint Proposal for Harmonization of GUI Design Protection," Marshall Gerstein Insights, March 9, 2022.

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Community and Professional Involvement

  • Administrator/co-founder of University of Rochester Legal Connect alumni/student/faculty legal networking community.
  • As a mentor on University of Rochester Meliora Collective, Jeremy mentors engineering, business, and law students from diverse backgrounds, providing insights as to IP and other STEM-related careers.
  • A co-host for the inaugural Washington University in St. Louis Alumni Chicago Network virtual event "Networking with WashU Chicago Alumni" aimed to create links across the city with alumni working in a variety of industries. 
  • A presenter at the Deerfield High School STEAM Career Day, Jeremy introduced high school juniors and seniors interested in STEAM-related subjects to career paths in intellectual property law.
  • To better understand a client's brewing technology, Jeremy obtained a Certificate from the Siebel Institute, Executive Overview of the Industrial Brewing Process. 
  • He has twice co-chaired the Chicago Bar Association's national moot court competition.
  • A volunteer for the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA), Jeremy mentored law students interested in careers in intellectual property law and also judges high school science students on behalf of CIPA at the Chicago Science Fair.
  • A volunteer practicing attorney “coach” for the Chicago Committee LegalTrek program in which he mentored college students from historically underrepresented groups, helping them to develop and hone contract negotiation techniques while encouraging them to attend law school and pursue careers in the legal profession.

Representative Matters

Advanced Interactive v. Matsushita, Thomson Consumer Electronics,* et al. (local counsel)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Case Type(s): Patent Infringement
Area(s) of practice: Electrical Arts/Computer Software

American Drillbox* v. Beckett
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Case Type(s): Patent Infringement
Area(s) of practice: Mechanical Arts

ASC Machine Tools, Inc. v. The Bradbury Company*
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
Case Type(s): Trade Secrets
Area(s) of practice: Trade Secrets, Mechanical Arts

Belden Wire & Cable v. Cable Design Technologies, Inc.* (local counsel)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Case Type(s): Patent Infringement
Area(s) of practice: Mechanical Arts

Black & Decker, Inc. v. The Coleman Company*
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Case Type(s): Trade Secrets
Area(s) of practice: Trade Secrets, Mechanical Arts

*Party Represented

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