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Keith H. Heidmann

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Keith’s open communication approach to practicing intellectual property law helps him provide counsel in an ever-changing legal landscape in the chemical and biotechnological arts, where communication can be an obstacle.

Keith’s expertise lies in working with research institutions to acquire and enforce the intellectual property rights for complex technologies, which can then be licensed to other industries. He works closely with clients, often including professors and other inventors to define their intellectual property goals and to develop the best strategy to achieve those goals. His practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent rights in the U.S. and abroad, conducting intellectual property evaluations, and performing due diligence reviews.

With a background in the natural sciences, Keith can fully appreciate how to develop strategies for pursuing patents to fit with his clients’ intellectual property goals. Serving as an intermediary between his clients and the Patent Office, Keith takes a teaching approach to educate examiners and bring clarity, detail, and ultimately understanding, during patent prosecution.

 Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property Counseling
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Chemical Technologies
  • Biotechnology
  • Mechanical Technologies

Academics & Education

  • University of Wisconsin, B.S. History/History of Science
  • University of Wisconsin, B.S. Natural Science
  • University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, M.S. Curriculum and Instruction
  • Marquette Law School, J.D., summa cum laude


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Awards & Recognition

  • CALI Award for Excellence in Criminal Law, 2003
  • CALI Award for Excellence in American Legal History, 2004
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Law and the Social Sciences: Parent, Child and State, 2007