Experienced patent attorney, trademark lawyer, copyright attorney, and ip trial lawyer, with offices in Chicago, Illinois, LaGrange, IL, and SW Michigan (Coloma), focusing on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade dress, trade secrets, Lanham Act, unfair competition, false advertising, Internet, domain name, e-commerce, technology, licensing and computer law matters, including patent, trademark and copyright application prosecution, management, protection, enforcement and infringement litigation (prosecution and defense). Alternative billing arrangements, such as flat fee billing, flat rate billing, hybrid billing, and contingency or contingent fee arrangements, are available for many matters, including infringement litigation.
Intellectual property law firm perennially ranked among the "TOP TRADEMARK FIRMS" in the U.S. by Intellectual Property Today, a monthly publication focused on legal issues in patent, trademark and copyright law. IP law firm also perennially ranked among the "TOP PATENT FIRMS" in the U.S. in Intellectual Property Today.
Founded in 1993, providing cost-effective, practical and comprehensive intellectual property representation and strategic direction to hundreds of clients in Chicago, Illinois, LaGrange, Illinois, SW Michigan (Coloma), and worldwide, ranging from start-ups, small businesses and private entrepreneurs to publicly-traded companies, including the world's largest corporate trademark licensing company, one of the top ten pharmaceutical and healthcare products wholesalers in North America, a pharmaceutical company with proprietary and generic drug interests, the largest video catalog in the United States, the two largest music catalogs in the United States, the largest movie store on the Internet, one of the largest catalog and Internet direct marketers of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories, products featured on ABC's Shark Tank, one of Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things 2010, products featured on QVC, one of Internet Retailer's Top 50 Best of the Web, one of Internet Retailer Top 50 Retailing Sites, and one of the 2011 Inc. 500 fastest growing privately held companies. Striving to vigorously enforce clients' intellectual property rights and to obtain the broadest scope of protection possible. Counseling corporations and individuals in the evaluation, acquisition, protection and enforcement of United States and international trademarks, patents, copyrights and domain names, including preparing clearance, right to use, freedom to operate, validity, enforceability and infringement opinions, licensing and infringement litigation in all areas of intellectual property law and virtually all technologies. Using state-of-the-art computerized patent, copyright, trademark, and trade dress portfolio management software to register, monitor, maintain, renew and protect clients' intellectual property portfolios ranging in size from one to several hundred patents, copyrights, and trademarks worldwide.
Significant experience defending individuals and small businesses against so-called "trademark bullies" or "trademark bullying." As the United States Trademark Office has stated, a trademark bully "could be described as a trademark owner that uses its trademark rights to harass and intimidate another business beyond what the law might be reasonably interpreted to allow." Trademark bullies are considered such a problem that legislation has been passed and the United States Trademark Office has begun studies to address trademark bullying and the litigation tactics of trademark bullies. Indeed, the Trademark and Technical Conforming Amendment of 2010 directs the Secretary of Commerce to "study and report" to Congress on "[t]he extent to which small businesses may be harmed by litigation tactics attempting to enforce trademark rights beyond a reasonable interpretation of the scope of the rights granted to the trademark owner."
Offering a free initial consultation for intellectual property matters, including a preliminary review of cease and desist letters, websites, infringement complaints or lawsuits, and business insurance policies to determine the possibility of insurance coverage and a defense funded by the insurance company in the event of a lawsuit. Upon completion of the free review, selectively defending IP infringement lawsuits at no cost to the client. Click here for an overview of FREE DEFENSE for IP infringement lawsuits.
Unparalleled success in commercial and intellectual property litigation, including being lead counsel in lawsuits involving the intellectual property of such notables as Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc., Albion Laboratories, Inc, J.C. Whitney & Co., Microsoft Corporation, Polo Ralph Lauren, Deston Therapeutics, L.L.C., PruGen, Inc., Rivers Edge Pharmaceuticals, L.L.C., Toll Brothers Homes, Inc., Sean John Clothing, Inc., Intel Corporation, AutoZone, Inc., PracticeWorks, Inc. (a Kodak company), Kellogg North America Company, International Truck and Engine Corporation (Navistar), CheckFree Corporation, United Brands Company, Inc., Americash Loans, LLC, Budget Rent A Car Corporation, American National Red Cross, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Cibavision Corporation, Conseco, Inc., Windermere Holding, LLC, Thomas Kincade, Experian Information Solutions, Inc., Fusion Projects, LLC, Tampico Beverages, Sazerac Company, Inc., Alliance Labs, LLC, Stratus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sonar Products, Inc., U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., Gaither Tool Company, Summit Tool Company d/b/a Ken-Tool, Slep-Tone Entertainment Corporation, Coach, Inc., Coach Services, Inc., Paris Presents, Incorporated, Rucci, Inc., TJX Companies, Inc. d/b/a TJ Maxx, Aircraft Gear Corporation, Trail Gear, Inc., American Beverage Corporation, Florida Fruit Juices, Inc., LiquiTech, Inc. and Enrich Products, Inc.