About the Firm

Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law provides a wide array of intellectual property legal services to its clients. Whether you are a new or established business, or an individual innovator/inventor, Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law can help protect your intellectual property, cost effectively, whether patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secrets.

Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law, was established in 2009 by its founder, Stephen Scherrer, an intellectual property attorney with over ten years of experience protecting ideas and brands. In 2014, Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law added another attorney: Monique Morneault!

Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law has a wealth of experience preparing, filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and internationally. In addition, Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law counsels clients on patent and trademark searches and offers opinions relating to patent novelty and freedom to practice. Moreover, Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law provides counseling on intellectual property issues, including filing strategies, trade secret protocols and licensing.

Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law offers no-cost initial consultations and strives to understand our clients’ specific needs. We understand that each matter is different, and we tailor advice and fee arrangements to fit the specific requirements necessary for each individual client. Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law has a keen acumen for handling intellectual property matters for the largest of clients, but also believes that no client is too small to obtain excellent intellectual property legal services. Together, Stephen and Monique share a vast amount of knowledge in and experience with all types technology and science. Therefore, Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law can handle any and all of your intellectual property needs.

Stephen T. Scherrer

Patent Attorney
P 815-307-2974
F 815-455-5685



Stephen has over ten years of experience helping his clients protect their intellectual property in the United States and internationally. He has prepared numerous patent and trademark applications and prosecuted these applications to issuance. Moreover, Stephen has a wealth of experience counseling clients on short and long term patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret strategies. Stephen conducts and oversees patent and trademark searches, and provides opinions on the patentability and freedom to practice of inventions, as well as the likelihood of registration of trademarks and service marks. He has managed large and diverse patent and trademark portfolios for large corporations, as well as individual inventors and small to medium-sized businesses. Stephen has experience in many areas of technology, and has prepared patent applications for inventions in such diverse fields as chemical, mechanical, electrical, computer software and internet-related business methods. He has a particular interest in helping clients with green inventions.

Professional Background

Year Company
2009 – Present President, Scherrer Patent & Trademark Law, P.C.
2008 – 2009 Of Counsel, Patents+TMS, P.C.
2000 – 2008 Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP
1999 – 2000 Associate, Patents+TMS, P.C.

Educational Background

  • 1998, J.D. and M.S.E.S., Indiana University, Bloomginton, Indiana

    Stephen completed his Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Environmental Science with an emphasis on environmental chemistry from Indiana University in 1998. While at Indiana University, Stephen actively participated in the Environmental Law Society and was a Managing Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal.

  • 1994, B.S. in Chemistry, Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University), Lisle, Illinois

    Stephen graduated from Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. While at Benedictine, Stephen studied organic chemistry under Dr. David Rausch and performed research for Amoco Corporation on synthesizing, identifying and minimizing byproducts of complex organic synthesis reactions. Stephen also graduated as a Benedictine Scholar, a program for academically gifted students designed to enhance the academic progress and leadership qualities of its members. In addition, while at Benedictine, Stephen played soccer, participated in the theater department as an actor and stage manager, played piano, studied German, and wrote articles for and edited the student newspaper, The Candor.

Monique A. Morneault

Patent Attorney
P 815-595-4783
F 815-455-5685



Monique focuses her practice on all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on domestic and foreign patents and trademarks, including procurement, licensing and counseling. She is also experienced in counseling and filing on international patents, including filings under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Monique is a registered patent attorney with more than 15 years of experience, preparing and prosecuting patents in a variety of technical areas, for both domestic and international clients. Monique has prepared and prosecuted patents relating to power tools, kitchen utensils, fishing lures, filtering devices, polymer technology, polycoated and silicone coated papers and films, medical devices, and mass spectrometer systems. In addition, Monique has prosecuted patents in the areas of chemistry and biotechnology. Monique also counsels clients in the proper selection, clearance and procurement of both domestic and foreign trademarks. Monique has represented clients in inter partes proceedings, including opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Prior to becoming an attorney, Monique worked as a research technician performing genetic engineering research in the biotechnology department of a multi-national petroleum company.

Monique is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois and before the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Monique is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago, and KLTR.

Educational Background

  • 1993, J.D., IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

    Monique received her J.D. from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois in 1993. While attending law school, Monique worked as a patent advisor with the chemical division of the multi-national petroleum company, assisting in the filing and prosecution of chemical-related patent applications.

  • 1984, B.S. in Microbiology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

    Monique received her bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1984.