Team USA won the international Patent Cup Regatta earlier this month.  Team USA was skippered by Chicago patent attorney Leif Sigmond, a former Managing Partner at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff ("MBHB").  This year’s Cup was held in Sweden off the island of Marstrand.  Sigmond’s crew included: 

Marcus Thymian and

Michael Gannon, MBHB attorneys; and

Derek Minihane , in-house counsel at Intermolecular.  Team USA won five of their six races, all while building goodwill amongst the international patent community.  Congratulations Team USA!

The Cup was created in 1989 by a German patent attorney and a French patent attorney to foster camaraderie and relationships among IP lawyers internationally.  The Cup is held in a different country each year, with the host country organizing the event, providing vessels and setting the rules.  Chicago hosted the Cup in 2006, and Sigmond’s crew won the Cup that year as well.