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Firm Clients Featured on Good Morning America’s Deals & Steals for Gardening

Congratulations to firm clients, Mr. Canary and Rotoshovel. Both were featured on Good Morning America’s Deals and Steals for gardening. To view the segment, please […]

Apr 6, 2021  •  Continue reading >

Indiana Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2021 Includes Seven Woodard Attorneys

Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP congratulates our attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Indiana Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars […]

Feb 25, 2021  •  Continue reading >

Seven Firm Partners Included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner LLP is pleased to announce that seven partners have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers […]

Aug 20, 2020  •  Continue reading >

Securing intellectual property for ROTOSHOVELTM and its quest to reinvent the shovel

A lot has happened since we shared Rick Goren’s story in 2019. Rick and his product were recently featured on WTHR Channel 13. ROTOSHOVELTM is now available […]

Aug 18, 2020  •  Continue reading >

Managing Intellectual Property Magazine Names Firm Partners To IP Stars 2020 List

Woodard, Emhardt partners Spiro Bereveskos, Daniel J. Lueders and Charles P. Schmal were named to Managing Intellectual Property’s Patent Star 2020 list. In addition, Daniel […]

May 4, 2020  •  Continue reading >

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Charles P. Schmal


Chuck helps businesses develop, protect, and manage their intellectual property portfolios both domestically and internationally. For nearly 20 years, Chuck has obtained patent protection for his clients` 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.

He knows that a client`s intellectual property portfolio must complement their overall business strategy and recognizes that intellectual property rarely has value unless a business makes money from what it protects. Chuck counsels clients on identifying, protecting, licensing, and reviewing the value of their technologies. His experience includes patent application drafting and prosecution, intellectual property portfolio management, patent opinion and clearance, licensing, and trademark prosecution.

Chuck is especially active in Indiana`s start up and entrepreneurship community. He currently serves on 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. An adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Chuck teaches the school`s International Intellectual Property Law class.

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). From this experience, Chuck understands the need to provide clients with consistent, predictable estimates for projects, and more importantly, meeting clients` deadlines and budgetary needs.


  • Purdue University
    B.S., Industrial Engineering, 1992
  • George Mason University School of Law
    J.D., cum laude, in Intellectual Property Law Track Program, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1999
  • Virginia (Associate Status), 2000
  • Indiana, 2000

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Patent Law, 2021
  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2021
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS, 2013-2020
  • Recipient of the 2012 President`s Award for Service to the Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Foundation Life Fellow
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Life Fellow
  • Recipient of Ball State Entrepreneurship Center`s 2012 Outstanding Service Award
  • Professional Affiliations

    Indiana State Bar Association

  • Chair of Intellectual Property Law Section, 2017
  • Representative on Indiana Supreme Court`s E-Filing Committee
  • Chair of Casemaker Improvement Committee, 2015
  • Chair of the Technology Committee, 2009-2010
  • Member of Military & Veterans` Affairs Committee
  • Member of Leadership Development Academy Committee
  • Member of Leadership Development Academy Class 1

    Indianapolis Bar Association

  • Chair of Innovation Council, 2020
  • Vice President, 2017
  • Chair of Professionalism Committee, 2014-2015
  • Chair Indy Attorneys Network Section, 2012-2013
  • Bar Leader Series, Class VII

    Indianapolis Bar Foundation

  • Board of Directors, 2019-present

    Sagamore Inn of Court

    Speaking Engagements

    Adjunct Professor, International Intellectual Property class, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2009-present.

    Guest speaker on Intellectual Property, Purdue University Entrepreneurship Program, 2011-present.

    Presenter, “What You Need to Know About Support Staff`s Role in the Success of Your Career,” Applied Professionalism Course, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2014 – present.

    Presenter, “Protecting your Intellectual Property: Turning your innovative solutions into assets,” The Center for Collaborative Innovation, University of Indianapolis, March 23, 2021.

    Guest Speaker, “The Value of Intellectual Property Protection from a Business Perspective,” University of Indianapolis Engineering School, March 3, 2020.

    Speaker, “An Introduction to Intellectual Property Law - Protecting your Client`s Most Valuable Assets” Downtown Continuing Education`s CLE Program, November 2017.

    Presenter, “Patent Review Proceedings at the Patent Office,” Indiana State Bar Association, September 2017.

    Speaker and Panelist, 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, "Count Me In: What Motivates Trademark & Patent Examiners to Allow Your Case " Indiana State Bar Association, Spring 2014.

    Presenter, "Transitioning to the AIA," Indiana State Bar Association, Spring 2013.

    Community Involvement

    Ball State Entrepreneurship Center

  • Past Chair of Entrepreneurship Board
  • E-Day Judge, New Venture Creation Course, 2011-present
  • Business Plan Judge for 2010 Enterprise Eight Business Plan Tournament
  • Business Plan Judge for 2009 Nascent 500 Business Plan Challenge

    Purdue Club of Boone County

  • Past President, 2014-2016
  • Past Treasurer, 2012-2013