Founded in 1879, Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry is among the oldest IP boutique firms in the Midwest. The firm represents fortune 500 companies and individual inventors. Woodard offers patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition counseling, and frequently handles contentious matters in state and federal courts, in the USPTO, and before the ITC. As chair of the firm's patent prosecution group, Charles Schmal, known by one peer as a "first-class prosecutor," draws from his experiences as a professional engineer to advise clients in matters relating to the protection, licensing, and prosecution of their patents. IP litigation group leader, Spiro Bereveskos has direct experience with computer hardware and software IP. Daniel Lueders, known by one peer as a "strong talent," works across a breadth of technologies in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation.