Leaders in intellectual property law for nearly 100 years.
We are the trusted IP partner of choice for organizations around the world. We provide sound legal guidance and inventive IP solutions to power business—for start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between.
Banner Witcoff’s Shared Values Statement
Banner Witcoff is a law firm dedicated to providing premier intellectual property services to clients of all sizes and across all sectors. We seek to create and enforce, and—in the process—enhance, the value of our clients’ IP assets. The firm believes that its clients, from marquee corporations to start-ups, all deserve creative and strategic guidance in developing and protecting the brand equity of their IP assets.
To achieve the goal of being the firm of choice for innovative companies that understand and seek to maximize the value of their intellectual property, Banner Witcoff commits to values that attract and foster attorneys and staff who share in clients’ quests for market leadership.
To that end, we are committed to:
- recruiting and empowering attorneys and staff of the highest caliber, who value diversity and inclusion for the expanded creative thinking and contributions those attributes foster;
- attracting self-starters seeking a meritocracy that rewards creativity and loyalty with opportunity and the support of collaborative, like-minded people, while encouraging participation in the life and culture of the firm beyond simply producing billable hours;
- delivering service that is satisfying, flexible and customized to its individual client’s needs;
- using appropriate technology to maximize the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of its service delivery processes; and
- maintaining an open, transparent and participatory workplace, one to which attorneys and staff happily make career-long commitments.
PROTECTING IP. PROPELLING BUSINESS.
Our tagline is a direct reflection of our brand promise. We use our extensive knowledge of IP law to better our clients’ businesses, and we work in partnership with them, our success becoming theirs.
Banner Witcoff is led by our board of directors made up of attorneys representing diverse backgrounds, practice areas and geography. Members of the board are elected by the shareholders and serve three year terms. The firm's officers, including the president, are elected by the board on an annual basis. Led by the president, our board oversees the firm's strategic direction. The day-to-day operations of the firm are overseen by the firm's executive director and senior administrative leaders.
Board of Directors
Director of Marketing
Director of Administration
Director of Information Technology
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Docketing Assistant Manager
Patent Services Manager
Human Resources Manager
Milestones at Banner Witcoff
The firm is founded in Des Moines, Iowa.
Firm attorneys take their first patent infringement lawsuit to a successful trial.
Chicago offices open.
The firm's attorneys prove that inventions can be both patented and copyrighted in the case of Mazer v. Stein before the United States Supreme Court.
Washington, D.C., office opens.
In an unprecedented nine-month long trial, attorneys of the firm show John Atanasoff to be the inventor of the first electronic computer, the ENIAC, changing the course of the history of invention.
Don Banner is sworn in as Commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Attorneys of the firm establish that life forms are patentable in the Diamond v. Chakrabarty case in the United States Supreme Court.
Boston office opens.
Attorneys of the firm win patent infringement litigation for Amgen, launching the biotechnology industry's intellectual property rights.
Don Banner and Joe Potenza help establish the first Inn of Court dedicated to IP law, the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court.
Portland office opens.
The firm's attorneys help client Nike obtain U.S. Design Patent No. 400,000 for the iconic Air Jordan athletic shoe design.
The firm becomes title holder of "most U.S. design patents procured in a calendar year."
Banner Witcoff earns distinction of being "IP America's Dream Team" by The American Lawyer.
IP Worldwide recognizes Banner Witcoff as a "Leader of the Pack" in its annual almanac.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame awards Donald W. Banner with a Lifetime Achievement award.
The firm announces the inaugural recipients of the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship.
Banner Witcoff becomes the first law firm to exceed 1,000 U.S. design patent grants in a single year.