Kurt J. Fugman

Of Counsel

(952) 224-8360

Kurt's Assistant
Chris Barncard

Kurt, a patent attorney in our Intellectual Property practice group, has over 20 years of combined experience in the manufacturing, engineering, and legal fields. Due to this experience, Kurt understands the high stakes of intellectual property issues and genuinely cares about helping clients protect and defend their IP. He is able to provide clients with quick, knowledgeable, and practical advice, and then skillfully executes the needed steps to secure the desired outcome.

Kurt’s practice includes drafting and managing patent applications, providing opinions involving infringement, validity, and performing searches related to the same, and client counseling involving patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark issues. He has experience in various technical fields including mechanical (cable pullers, hole-making and hand tools, molds, pipe couplings, steam generation systems, engines, storage cabinets, utility poles steps, hydraulics, conduit/pipe bender, earth moving equipment, and seals), electrical test instruments, control systems, fiber optic test instruments, plastics, and tire technologies.

Prior to joining FMJ, Kurt served as a consulting attorney for a Fortune 500 company writing and prosecuting patent applications, interfacing with design engineers, and developing procedures to virtually mark products covered by their respective patents.

University of Illinois at Chicago (BSME)
Chicago-Kent College of Law (JD)

Bar Admissions:
Illinois State Bar
The United States Patent and Trademark Office

Practice Philosophy:
“I focus on understanding my client’s intellectual property in an efficient and timely manner. My next step is to develop a strategy to protect that IP while also minimizing the risk that the client’s IP may not be free to use. In the patent area, I encourage and assist the client to develop patentable ideas that are also free to use, which often result in increased profits and low risk.”

The Rest of the Story:
Kurt enjoys spending time with his wife, Claudine, and his two sons, Benjamin and Jude.  They are an active family and enjoy many sports including baseball, basketball, and soccer. Kurt is an avid sports fan and tries to follow Chicago sports teams. When taking a break from sports, he enjoys going to the movies, taking a cruise on Lake Michigan, or going to a museum.