Timothy M. Nitsch


[email protected]

Phone: (312) 360-6311

Fax: (312) 360-6520

Business Minded Legal Advisor



Timothy Nitsch is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and Co-Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group.

Tim started his career as an automation engineer working in the building automation and access control industry and also worked as a senior research engineer with a large telecommunications company.  Tim is a named inventor on six utility patents for electrical and software systems and mechanical devices.  Tim has extensive experience developing and selling products in a variety of different markets, and he regularly works with his clients to help them achieve their long term business goals.  Having worked as an engineer for fifteen years, Tim has first-hand technical knowledge in a number of areas including computer software, computer networking, automation systems, telecommunication systems, electrical circuits, mechanical systems and business methods. 

As a registered patent attorney, he has advised clients and prosecuted patent applications for products including internet based software, cellular communication devices and methods, electronic medical devices, data mining software, automation hardware and software, telecommunication devices, cellular charging devices, aviation related devices and graphical database analytic software. In addition, he has experience filing and prosecuting patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He also has extensive experience in prosecution procedures at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board including defending and prosecuting Inter Partes Reexaminations, Reissue proceedings and patent appeals. He has also appealed USPTO decisions to the Federal Circuit.

In addition to his prosecution experience, he also has extensive patent litigation experience including defending and prosecuting patent cases at the International Trade Commission, Federal District Courts and arguing patent related appeals to the Federal Circuit. He has also defended and prosecuted numerous copyright infringement actions in Federal District. 

Tim also regularly assists clients with negotiating software licensing and development agreements, assignment agreements and product development agreements. 

Prior to joining Freeborn, Tim was an Associate in the Intellectual Property group at VedderPrice, Levenfeld Pearlstein and the Dentons.