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Bereveskos, Lueders and Schmal Named IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine

Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner partners, Spiro Bereveskos, Daniel J. Lueders and Charles P. Schmal have been named IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property […]

Jun 19, 2019  •  Continue reading >

Firm Team Crowned IBF Trivia Night Champions

Congratulations to the team from Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner who were crowned the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) Trivia Night Champions and took home […]

Apr 29, 2019  •  Continue reading >

Partners Dan Lueders and Chuck Schmal Named Members of the Global IP Star Rankings

Partners Dan Lueders and Chuck Schmal were officially announced as members of the Global IP Star rankings in the May edition of Managing Intellectual Property […]

Jun 8, 2018  •  Continue reading >

Client Mr. Canary Co. Showcases Breakthrough Bird Feeding Product on Home Shopping Network (HSN)

Are you a bird lover? This one is for you! On Tuesday, Carmel-based Mr. Canary Co. released a revolutionary product on the Home Shopping Network […]

May 9, 2018  •  Continue reading >

August 2017 Patent Prosecution Update

The August 2017 patent prosecution lunch featured a discussion of the recent United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) report concerning patentable subject matter. In […]

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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

  • Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS, 2013-2019
  • 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

  • Past Chair of Intellectual Property Law Section 2017
  • Representative on Indiana Supreme Court's E-Filing Committee
  • Past Chair of Casemaker Improvement Committee 2015
  • Past 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

  • Member of Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • Past Vice President, 2017
  • Past Chair of Professionalism Committee, 2014-2015
  • Past Chair Indy Attorneys Network Section, 2012-2013
  • Member of Indianapolis Bar Leader Series 2009-2010 Class VII
  • Publications

    "Protecting Intellectual Property: Employment Agreements Are Important To Secure Assets," Indiana Business Magazine, July 2008

    Speaking Engagements

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

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

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

    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

    Community Involvement

    Ball State Entrepreneurship Center

  • Past Chair of Entrepreneurship Board
  • 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

    Indianapolis Zoo

  • Vice-chair of event logistics for the Elegant Vintages Wine Auction, 2004-2009

    Friends of Boone County Trails

  • Founding member and former secretary, 2004-2009