MBHB Announced As NGA’s Newest Corporate Partner And Platinum Sponsor

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Nashville, TN– The National Graphene Association, the main organization and body in the US advocating and promoting the commercialization of graphene, is pleased to announce the newest addition in Corporate Partnership and American Graphene Summit Platinum Sponsorship: McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (MBHB).

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is an intellectual property law firm providing creative, pragmatic business solutions through a variety of services related to the procurement, licensing, enforcement, and defense of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition actions. MBHB’s attorneys are experienced in a number of technological disciplines and product categories, including electrical, mechanical and materials, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, chemical, medical device and diagnostics, software and business methods, and telecommunications. With offices in Illinois, California, and North Carolina, MBHB provides comprehensive legal services to obtain and enforce clients’ intellectual property rights, from navigating patent office procedures to litigating complex infringement actions. They prepare and prosecute patent and trademark applications in the U.S. and abroad, handle intellectual property litigation matters in trial and appellate courts across the country, and counsel clients nationwide and worldwide on the enforcement and defense of their intellectual property rights.

“It is my pleasure to announce MBHB as a Corporate Partner of the National Graphene Association. As the race for commercialization of graphene speeds up, the intellectual property landscape becomes an increasingly important and critical component. This strategic partnership with the MBHB law firm will undoubtedly position us to better serve our members and constituents,” said Dr. Zina Jarrahi Cinker, Executive Director of the NGA.

Marcus Thymian, Partner and Chair of MBHB’s electrical practice group says, “It’s hard to think of an industry more primed for takeoff. As graphene-based technologies continue to transition from research labs to commercial products, MBHB wants to help companies protect the innovations underlying these next-generation products. All of our nearly 100 patent attorneys and agents have a science or engineering background, making our firm a perfect match for the multidisciplinary nature of graphene, whether it’s for materials, sensors, electronics, optics, energy generation/storage, environmental remediation, or another area. I personally have attended several of NGA’s excellent past events and look forward to talking with industry stakeholders at the upcoming American Graphene Summit.”

MBHB will be supporting the unprecedented American Graphene Summit to be held in Washington, D.C., May 21-22, 2019 as a Platinum Sponsor. The summit will feature the “Graphene On Capitol Hill” event, keynoted by Senator Roger Wicker (R. Miss), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. Responding to Senator Wicker’s invitation, senior members of Congress and Administration and leaders of graphene industries will focus on shaping the architecture surrounding graphene technologies and evaluate its impact on the U.S. and the global economy.


The National Graphene Association (NGA) is the primary organization and body in the United States advocating and promoting the commercialization of graphene and addressing critical issues such as standards and policy development. Dubbed the “wonder material of 21st century,” graphene is the thinnest and strongest material ever discovered. Graphene is one atomic layer of carbon — transparent, flexible, and an excellent thermal and electrical conductor. NGA convenes current and future graphene stakeholders from graphene companies, research bodies, suppliers, developers, investors, venture capitalist and government agencies to drive innovation and expedite the commercialization of graphene technologies globally. Founded in 2016 by Dr. Ed Meek, the National Graphene Association is headquartered in Oxford, Mississippi, USA.

Join us at the American Graphene Summit, May 21-22, Washington D.C.


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