Linda E.B. Hansen


Linda E.B. Hansen


Linda E. B. Hansen was a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. She focused her practice on disputes involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and unfair competition. She was a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation, Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies and Patent Office Trials Practices with Foley & Lardner LLP. She was also a member of the Energy Industry Team and the Trade Secret/Noncompete Specialty Practice.

Linda has more than 30 years of experience in complex litigation. She has tried dozens of cases and has been lead counsel in class actions and multi-party litigation. She successfully defended one of two defendants in a lawsuit involving hundreds of thousands of claimants and preliminary damage estimates exceeding several billion dollars. Her work has involved various industries, including consumer products, telecommunications, software, electronic components, sporting goods, water treatment, construction materials, automotive, and medical equipment. Linda also counseled clients concerning their patent rights, assisted clients in license negotiations and drafted patent opinions.

Awards and Recognition

In recognition of her experience, she has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system.

Thought Leadership

Linda has lectured on a variety of subjects in the fields of intellectual property law and trail practice, and she authored a chapter on patent law in a textbook related to water treatment. She served as adjunct faculty at Marquette University Law School, and as a teaching assistant in the Bioethics Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

05 - 09 December 2016 Events

Annual CLE Week

Foley invites you to our annual CLE Week — five mornings of training programs covering a range of business and industry topics concerning the Wisconsin market.
19 September 2016 Blogs

Design Patents and Copyrights for Designs on Useful Articles

In a design patent case, Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc. v. Seirus Innovative Accessories, a court applied a clear-cut analysis in granting summary judgment of infringement of a design used for breathable heat-reflective material.
02 September 2016 Blogs

Design Patents and Copyrights for Designs on Useful Articles

Two recent cases illustrate the potential benefits of protecting intellectual property rights with both design patents and copyrights, particularly for an article that has both utility and a design
23 August 2016 Blogs

The Brexit and Patent Law: What You Need to Know

Now that some time has passed since the Brexit vote, some of the ways in which the vote is likely to impact British patent law are becoming clearer.
08 April 2016 Events

The New PTAB Rules: How to Win in the Expanded Pre-Institution Battleground

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveiled its new rules for post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which largely adopt the rules proposed in August 2015.
05 April 2016 Newsletters

The New AIA Rules May Help Patent Owners Avoid Trial

On May 2, 2016, the amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (USPTO) go into effect, and apply “to all AIA petitions filed on or after the effective date and to any ongoing AIA preliminary proceeding or trial before the Office.”