Andrew C. Warnecke


Andrew C. Warnecke

Partner | 312-628-7180 |

Andrew (“Drew”) Warnecke is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group and chairs the Intellectual Property Group, with a primary focus on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret matters. He received a degree in Engineering from Purdue University and obtained his law degree at The George Washington University Law School. He has first- chaired patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation matters in a variety of venues, including district courts throughout the United States and Section 337 actions before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Suffice it to say, Mr. Warnecke has significant experience handling litigation matters in a wide variety of technologies, including medical devices, computer software, consumer electronics, automotive manufacturing systems, and microchip technology, to name a few.

Mr. Warnecke is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and has significant experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications and rendering opinions addressing patent validity and infringement. He also has extensive experience in negotiating SaaS agreements and intellectual property license agreements. In addition, he has significant experience representing entities and artists in copyright infringement matters, particularly in the music realm and in connection with children’s books.

Selected Accomplishments

Mr. Warnecke currently represents a leader in hybrid motor manufacturing technology, chairing a four-patent litigation covering technology relating to equipment used in stator manufacturing.

He has also represented several medical device companies with respect to patents relating to spinal fusion implant cages and catheter designs, and routinely handles litigation centering around software technologies. For example, Mr. Warnecke represented a large Taiwanese corporation in an ITC action defending against allegations of infringement of three patents allegedly covering the company’s PCs, motherboards, notebooks, and graphics cards, and seeking to exclude billions in U.S. sales. He managed all aspects of the case through trial and post-trial, and he conducted direct examination of experts and cross examination of key witnesses. Mr. Warnecke’s client prevailed on all three patents with findings of no infringement and the full Commission adopted the ALJ’s Initial Determination without review.

Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation, Prosecution & Licensing

Bar Admissions
U.S. District Courts
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Section 337 actions

Professional and Civic Affilitations
International Property Law Association of Chicago
Lawyers for the Creative Arts

The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., J.D., 1996
Purdue University, Indiana, Bachelor of Science, Engineering, 1992