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Chad Pahnke


Chad A. Pahnke is an experienced patent prosecutor, who has written and prosecuted over 100 U.S. and foreign patents. He is a registered U.S. Patent Attorney with a background in Electrical Engineering. Chad has prosecuted applications in technical fields including communications networks, wireless communications, consumer electronics, advertising and media, analog and digital circuits, audio/video processing, software security, printing technology, and other electrical, software, mechanical, and business-related fields.  Prior to entering the patent field, Chad worked as a hardware engineer helping to design industrial operator interface products. Chad received his B.S.E.E. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, IL. 

Chad has been in the patent field since 2007, and focuses his practice on helping his clients maximize the value of their patent portfolio by identifying and applying prosecution strategies to achieve underlying business goals. In addition to his degrees, he received a minor in business administration and an intellectual property certificate.

Related Experience

  • Hanley, Flight, & Zimmerman, LLC (Technical Specialist, Patent Agent, Associate, and Partner)

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions / Registrations

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
  • Marquette University, B.S.E.E.