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Margaret M. Anderson


Phone: (312) 427-1300 | Fax: (312) 427-6663

Margaret M. Anderson is an associate attorney of Ladas & Parry in the Chicago office of the firm.

Margaret received her B.F.A. and J.D. from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana and her M.S.E.E. with a concentration on signal processing and communications from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Margaret was an editor for the University of Illinois Law Review, graduating cum laude, and earned Rickert Awards in Writing and Public Service, and is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Society.

She is a member of the Illinois and Texas Bars, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and a voting member of the AIPLA Open Source and Standards committee.

Margaret has significant experience negotiating license agreements, patent purchase agreements and prosecuting domestic and foreign patents. Her expertise includes design patents, utility patents and trademark prosecution. Margaret also has expertise in wireless communications, computer vision, artificial intelligence, medical devices, cryptography and signal processing technologies.

During her tenure as in-house counsel for a Fortune 10 company, Margaret successfully negotiated license agreements, supplier agreements and joint development agreements. She negotiated favorable license rates for intellectual property through targeted patent acquisitions and claim charts. Additionally, she has specialized knowledge and extensive work in wireless and video technologies including HEVC, IEEE 802.11 and LTE. Using her knowledge of signal processing she successfully developed litigation strategies involving multiple cellular communications entities.

Margaret was commended for innovation related to developing a key patent litigation framework for proactive patent acquisitions, which included research and drafting implementation claim charts for patents covering base station ASICs and LTE, CDMA and WiFi technologies.

As a legal consultant, Margaret garnered measurable results in counseling multiple startup companies concerning intellectual property strategies to attract venture funding and asset protection. For example, she collaborated with Fortune 100 C-level management for patents covering voice-over-internet (VOIP), 3D printing and other patents that are currently licensed. She has worked with in-house counsel of Fortune 100 companies to organize and catalog extensive patent portfolios.

In an engineering capacity, Margaret performed reverse engineering as a consultant to independent engineering companies covering LTE base stations and remote units, including FPGA and ASIC analyses. She has also volunteered as an engineer by assisting the Hopi Nation radio station KUYI set up satellite communications in a new location near First Mesa, Arizona.

Margaret has participated as an invited speaker for the Center for International Legal Studies in Kitzbuhel, Austria on issues of Open Source and the Valuation and Taxation of Intellectual Property.

In her spare time, Margaret enjoys golf, cycling, and dog shows.


University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana (J.D.)
University of Illinois – Chicago (M.S.E.E.)
University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana (B.F.A.)


US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Key Industries
  • Optics
  • Communications
  • Semiconductors
  • Medical Devices
  • Plastics
  • Computer Software & Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cryptography
  • Signal processing technologies
Associations & Organizations

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) – voting member of the Open Source and Standards committee