Practice Areas



  • IP Stars, 2021-2023


  • State of Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1988


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, J.D., 1987

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, MBA, 1987

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1983

Teaching Positions

  • Lecturer, MCCA Seminar on Advanced Licensing
  • Lecturer, LES Seminar on Strategic IP Asset Management
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Karl A. Vick


Karl Vick has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in the global procurement, strategic planning, litigation and licensing of IP assets.  He was a partner at two boutique IP firms in Chicago during the early part of his career.  He then moved in-house and held positions of increasing responsibility with Ford, GE, Raytheon Company, and Cardinal Health.  Karl was the Chief IP Counsel for Raytheon and the SVP & Chief IP Counsel for Cardinal Health.  In his corporate roles, Karl integrated strategic IP management processes into existing business processes, developed processes to better identify high value innovations that support business objectives, and applied Six Sigma to various law functions.  Karl has provided IP counsel in a wide range of industries and technologies, including general electronics, automobiles, healthcare, satellites, telecommunications, electromechanical controls, power generation and control, appliances and lighting.  He has lectured on IP topics for LES, Law Seminars International, AIPLA, and the InsideLawyer SuperConference.

Experience Highlights

Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP, 2013-present

Of Counsel, Muncy Geisler Olds & Lowe, Fairfax, Virginia, 2011-2012

Senior Vice President & Chief IP Counsel, Cardinal Health, Dublin, Ohio, 2007-2009

Chief IP Counsel, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, IP & Licensing, Raytheon Company, Waltham, Massachusetts, 2004-2007

Senior IP Counsel, GE Consumer & Industrial, Plainville, Connecticut, 2002-2004

Senior IP Counsel, Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Michigan, 2000-2002

Partner, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, Chicago, Illinois, 1996-1999

Partner, Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione, Chicago Illinois, 1994-1996

Associate, Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione, Chicago Illinois, 1987-1993


PATENT TROUBLES – Does the Patent System Need Fixing? – Corporate Legal Times, June 2005



Professional Affiliations

Intellectual Property Owners Association

Association of Chief Corp Patent Counsel

IP Law Association of Chicago

Illinois State Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Minority IP Scholarship Committee


Community/Civic Involvement

Board Member, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, 1997-99

Selected to participate in the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, Young Leader Training Program – held in France, Germany and Poland