Neil R. Ormos

phone: 630-286-7600

Neil Ormos has over 20 years of experience as an intellectual property attorney. His practice focuses on patent law, including patent preparation and prosecution, analysis of inventions, products, and services for patentability, infringement, and freedom to operate. Neil also advises clients on the protection of ornamental designs and the strategic development of intellectual property assets to achieve business goals.

Prior to his affiliation with McCracken & Gillen, Neil held patent counsel positions with Fortune 500 telecommunications equipment and device manufacturers, where his work included domestic and foreign patent prosecution and management of outside counsel efforts in defined portfolio areas, portfolio evaluation, analysis of competitive products, and consulting on internal processes for patent prosecution, portfolio management, patent committee management, and identifying and exploiting patent-worthy work product of research and development activities. In private practice, Neil has been a principal in and of counsel to boutique intellectual property firms, where his practice emphasis included patents, copyrights, trademarks, and domain-name disputes. Neil started his legal career at a mid-sized intellectual property firm, first as a clerk, and later as an associate attorney, where he divided his time between patent preparation and prosecution and assisting in litigation.

Before practicing law, Neil worked as an engineer at Motorola, designing computer hardware and software used in cellular telephone networks. Earlier, he worked in software development, computer operations, and the design of machine-tool control systems.


J.D., IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Wayne State University

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Technology Areas

  • Wireless communications systems, including cellular and other large scale mobile networks
  • Wireless devices
  • Electronic messaging
  • E-mail and systems for filtering undesired messages and content
  • Telephone switching
  • Software, including operating systems, content management, database management systems
  • Computer architecture
  • E-commerce and other software-implemented transaction systems
  • Neural networks
  • Toys
  • Electronic security trading
  • Computers and other digital systems
  • Scientific instrumentation
  • Electromechanical devices and systems
  • Medical devices
  • Diagnostic imaging systems