Ted Barthel

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Quarles & Brady LLP

Wisconsin, USA
    Local Time: Saturday 03:49

Practice Expertise

  • Intellectual Property Strategic Counseling
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Trademarks & Copyrights

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Strategic Counseling
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Trademarks & Copyrights


A patent attorney in the Intellectual Property Group, Ted works with sole inventors, start-up entities, emerging businesses and global Fortune 500 companies in protecting and leveraging their innovations for commercial advantage. Ted’s ability for framing intellectual property questions into practical business terms for decisions-makers is a real value-add for his clients. His strategic counsel enables clients to create cost-effective and meaningful intellectual property portfolios with tangible commercial value.

Ted’s work includes:

  • Strategic counsel - Advising decision-makers in the protection of key business innovations and the development of meaningful intellectual property portfolios

  • Patent counsel - Management of complex global patent portfolios; preparation/prosecution of patents in the U.S. and worldwide

  • Agreement work - Drafting and negotiating intellectual property license agreements

  • Opinion work - Preparing patentability, freedom-to-operate and patent noninfringement opinions

  • Trademarks - Providing trademark counsel to emerging businesses

Ted has drafted hundreds of patent applications and is well-versed in myriad technologies, including:

  • Chemical arts plastics/elastomers (polyolefins), adhesives, polyurethanes, wire and cable coating materials, automotive plastics/rubber, adhesives, polymerization production processes, organic light emitting diode compositions

  • Sustainable technologies solid-state hydrogen fuel, purified silicon, algae production, anaerobic digestion, biosolid remediation, desalination, solar thermal, water purification

  • eCommerce systems and Smartphone applications

  • Organic light emitting diodes and Semiconductor structures

  • Nano-/micro-layer film technology

  • Food science—food packaging and packaging adhesives, food products (confectionery, chewing gum and snack foods; food processing)

  • Medical products (medical devices, medical fluid delivery systems, pharmaceutical formulations)

  • Mechanical arts—consumer goods, clothing articles

Ted regularly lectures MBA students at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee on intellectual property topics.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Ted worked in industry as a production and research chemist at a leading global chemical, life science and biotechnology company.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he was a space operations officer with responsibilities for satellite launch, command and control and served as mission controller for the successful launch of Milstar Flight 2, a billion-dollar military communications satellite.

Ted began his military service touring as a jazz saxophonist/flutist with the U.S. Air Force Band.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D.)
    • Lead Articles Editor, DePaul Journal of Art and Entertainment Law
  • Carroll College (B.A.)
    • Majors: Chemistry, German, Political Science
  • Universität Freiburg Germany
    • Junior Year Abroad Program

Areas of Practice

  • Intellectual Property Strategic Counseling
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Trademarks & Copyrights

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