Charles P. Schmal
Chuck chairs the firm's Patent Prosecution Group. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis and teaches the school's International Intellectual Property Law class. He has over a decade of experience helping businesses develop, protect, and manage their intellectual property both domestically and abroad. Chuck was recognized as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine from 2013 to 2016.
Chuck is especially active in Indiana's start up and entrepreneurship community. He currently chairs the Entrepreneurship Board for Ball State University's Entrepreneurship Center. He has been a guest speaker on intellectual property matters at a number of national universities as well as internationally on behalf of the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation.
Having years of prior industrial experience has helped him better appreciate his clients' needs. Prior to joining the firm, Chuck worked as an engineer as well as in numerous other positions in the television industry for Thomson Consumer Electronics and was selected for Thomson's Technical Leadership Program (TTLP).
Chuck is also actively involved in his community and has taken leadership roles in numerous organizations. He has helped co-lead the development of a new section for the Indianapolis Bar Association.
- Purdue University
B.S., Industrial Engineering, 1992
- George Mason University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, in Intellectual Property Law Track Program, 1999
- U.S. Patent Bar, 1999
- Indiana, 2000
- Virginia (Associate Status), 2000
Chuck appreciates that a client's intellectual property portfolio must complement the client's overall business strategy and recognizes that intellectual property rarely has value unless a business makes money from what it protects. From his prior work experience as an engineer, Chuck understands the need to provide clients with consistent, predictable estimates for projects, and more importantly, meeting clients' deadlines and budgetary needs.
Chuck has a wealth of knowledge and experience in handling the intricacies of domestic as well as international patent protection and is the firm's resident expert for patent office procedures and practices. Chuck counsels clients on identifying, protecting, licensing, and reviewing the value of their technologies. He has helped his clients obtain patent protection for their inventions in a wide range of technologies including those related to automotive, hybrid vehicle, lubricant filtration, control systems, electronic, computer/software, material handling, diagnostic, and medical device technologies.
Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
"Protecting Intellectual Property: Employment Agreements Are Important To Secure Assets," Indiana Business Magazine, July 2008
Presentations and Speaking Engagements
Adjunct Professor, International Intellectual Property class, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 2009-present
Speaker and Panelist for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group's International Symposium on Intellectual Property Financing, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 2015
Presenter, Indiana State Bar Association's "Count Me In: What Motivates Trademark & Patent Examiners to Allow Your Case" Program, Spring 2014
Presenter, Indiana State Bar Association's "Transitioning to the AIA" Program, spring 2013
Guest speaker on Intellectual Property, Purdue University Entrepreneurship Program, 2011-present
Panelist, 2012 meeting of the Indianapolis Chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
Faculty member, 2009 IP Midwest Intellectual Property Symposium, presentation on “Current Topics Concerning Corporate Ownership and Licensing of Intellectual Property"
Presenter, Indianapolis Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education, 2008 & 2009 Year in Review Patent Law and Practice Programs, spring 2009-2010
Guest speaker on Intellectual Property, Ball State University, Management 341 Introduction to Entrepreneurship, spring 2009
Guest speaker on Intellectual Property Protection for Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices in the U.S. and European Union for the Jean Monnet Module of Comparative EU and U.S. Science, Law and Policy in the Regulation of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Technology, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, summer 2008
Ball State Entrepreneurship Center
Purdue Club of Boone County
Rotary Club of Indianapolis
Friends of Boone County Trails