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Grady J. Frenchick
33 East Main Street, Suite 300
P.O. Box 1379
Madison, WI 53701-1379
Phone: (608) 234-6065
Fax: (608) 258-7138

Life Sciences
Grady J. Frenchick is an attorney at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Mr. Frenchick is a former Senior Patent Counsel with Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota (medical devices), former Staff Patent Attorney with Economics Laboratory, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota (specialty cleaners), and a former Patent Attorney with 3M Company. Mr. Frenchick received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Law teaching patent law and prosecution law since 1995. Mr. Frenchick also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Law, teaching patent, trademark and copyright law.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1977
  • University of Wisconsin, M.S., Chemistry, 1978
  • Lawrence University, B.A., 1972


  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • State Bar of Minnesota
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Awards & Distinctions

  • Ranked in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Intellectual Property (2008-2012)

Reported Cases

  • Expert witness - Patent/Trade Secret Interface - BondPro Corporation v. Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11903 (W. D. Wis. 2005)

Representative Work

  • Extensive experience with adversarial, ex parte prosecution issues including interferences; appeals, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences; re examination, re issue; European Patent Office Oppositions.
  • Lead in Biointerface technologies; medical devices, iontophoresis, biomaterials, guidewires, ophthalmic lenses and lens materials, coronary and vascular diagnostic and therapeutic technologies; including catheters and stent technology; electrochemistry and all battery-related chemistries and technologies.
  • Lead in Biotechnology, particularly research products and related technologies; PCR and related licensing and litigation issues.
  • Served as an expert witness: respecting patent and patent law-related issues including infringement, trade secret misappropriations, fees, patent law issues.
  • Extensive pre trial litigation experience with several reported decisions.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association

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