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Richard Philip Beem

Intellectual property Attorney at Chicago, IL

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  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 36 years
    Texas - TX 38 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 37 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1987
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1985
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1986
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property

    37 years, 500 cases

  2. Patent application
    U.S. and international patent applications, all technologies

    37 years, 125 cases

  3. Patent infringement
    Patent infringement litigation and trials in Chicago federal court, U.S. District Courts nationwide, and U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)

    39 years, 46 cases

  4. Business
    Business aspects of patent and intellectual property law (see profile for related practice areas)

    39 years, 47 cases

  5. Internet
    Internet-related patent applications, patent infringement litigation, intellectual property law, and licensing (see profile for related practice areas)

    30 years, 37 cases

As founder and principal of Beem Patent Law Firm, Richard Beem is dedicated to serving clients in patent matters, and he is grateful for the trust of clients and referrers alike.  Mr. Beem has more than 20 years of experience in patent law and practice, representing clients in every technology and industry, in the U.S. and worldwide, including preparation, filing, prosecution, litigation, trials and appeals.

After graduating with honors from the University of Houston Law Center, Mr. Beem was privileged to serve for two years as Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward S. Smith, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C. During his tenure he assisted the Judge in hundreds of appeals from the Patent Office and federal courts and tribunals, including many landmark decisions in patent cases.  Upon completing the Federal Circuit clerkship in 1987, Mr. Beem entered the private practice of patent law in Chicago, representing clients locally, nationally and internationally in patent matters.
Mr. Beem appreciates referrals and, recognizing the value that referrers provide to their clients, he is responsive to instructions and communicative regarding progress of cases. He often acts as co-counsel with referring lawyers in patent infringement litigation in U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC); and appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. For more details concerning Mr. Beem’s experience and a list of his cases and publications, see . 


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Richard Philip Beem
53 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1352
Chicago, IL, 60604-3787

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Posted by Dave | December 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Firefighter patent
My name is Dave Kruse and I am a full time firefighter. I had come up with an idea for a piece of fire equipment that I thought could be extremely useful in the fire service. My wife, Tiffany, and I started a company and wanted protection on our unique idea. I had no past experience with patents and came to Richard Beem for help and guidance. The process was long and grueling but Richard was so supportive and really worked diligently to help us receive our patent. There were a few times I thought we may give up, but Richard Beem encouraged us to continue and with that I'm proud to say we received our patent. Richard Beem was instrumental with his experience and knowledge. More importantly, Richard believed in our idea and treated us like we were his own family. I'm extremely happy to have contacted him and would recommend to anyone to utilize Beem Patent Law when needing assistance with your patent.
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Work Experience

  • Principal & Founder
  • Beem Patent Law Firm
  • 2000 - Present
  • Partner
  • Lord Bissell & Brook
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Partner
  • Jenner & Block
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Attorney
  • Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery
  • 1993 - 1997
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Certificate
  • 2001
  • University of Houston
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Iowa State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979


  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Committee on Software Patents
  • Co-chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • Union League Club of Chicago
  • Director
  • 2015 - Present
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • US Bar EPO Liaison
  • 2008 - Present
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property - US Group
  • President
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
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  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Federal Circuit Weighs Attorney-Client Privilege
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Chicago Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Committee
  • Inter Partes Review of Patents
  • 2015
  • Illinois Paralegal Association, Fall Education Conference
  • Details, Mistakes & Cures in IP Law Practice
  • 2014
  • AIPPI Forum; Workshop IV Digital Gaming and IP
  • Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions (CII): Digital Gaming
  • 2013
  • Technology, Globalization and Culture, Iowa State University
  • Intellectual Property (IP)/Patents: Key Assets in Global Economy
  • 2012
  • IP Seminar, Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing
  • What Every Business Manager Should Know about Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
  • 2011
  • AIPLA IP Practice in Japan Committee and AIPPI Japan Group
  • Video Animation in Markman Hearings and Patent Litigation
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Intellectual property Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this excellebt lawyer."
Patent infringement Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I am working with Rich on a large patent matter and he has been a fantastic resource, and demonstrates a very, very keen familiarity with all aspects of patent law."
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Chicago Intellectual property Lawyer Richard Philip Beem
Richard Philip Beem
Intellectual property Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 38 years