Ivan Gracic is an Associate in the Intellectual Property Department at McDonald Hopkins with a practice that focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the mechanical and software arts and preparing infringement, freedom-to-operate, invalidity, state-of-the-art search, and patentability opinions. His patent experience includes prosecuting utility patent applications, preparing design applications, appealing decisions made by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, conducting competitive intellectual property research, and collaborating with foreign associates regarding the prosecution of U.S. national stage and Paris Convention applications. 

In addition to his patent expertise, Ivan brings forth experience in trademark and copyright law, and IP litigation. Ivan possesses an engineering and business background with the ability to collaborate with businesses to assess inventive attributes that may advance a business’s strategy and competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Prior to the start of his legal career, Ivan served as a Product Manager for a large international welding and technology company, working with R&D to develop new welding technology. He also spent ten years working with a global industrial gas and technology producer, where he worked as an Applications Engineer and as an Account Manager.

Ivan earned his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law and his B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from The Ohio State University. Ivan also earned an M.B.A at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.



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IP Inn of Court – Cleveland Chapter

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