January 23, 2024

Member Spotlight

Brian A. Verbus

Meet IPLAC Treasurer and Member, Brian Verbus!

Q:    How long have you been a member of IPLAC?

A:    I joined IPLAC as an associate at Kirkland over five years ago after attending the Field Day, and have been involved with IPLAC ever since.

Q:    What is your practice like?

A:    My practice focuses on patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret litigation. I’ve had the opportunity to work on matters involving a wide range technologies, including electronics and cryptography, mechanical devices, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals, and have practiced before district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, and the PTAB. I also advise corporate clients on IP issues that arise in connection with transactional matters.

Q:    What do you enjoy the most about being an IP attorney in Chicago?

A:    Chicago’s IP community is phenomenal. Through IPLAC, I’ve had the opportunity to see active engagement from students and attorneys from corporations and law firms of all sizes.

Q:    What do you like the most about being an IPLAC member?

A:    IPLAC has given me the opportunity to connect with so many members of the IP community in Chicago. Through my work on the Board and Committees I’ve built relationships with fellow litigators, patent prosecution counsel, and in-house attorneys and paralegals. Through IPLAC’s mentorship program I’ve had the chance to meet and mentor law students from multiple schools in the city. And IPLAC’s events provide a fun environment to build those connections.

Q:    What do you like to do for fun, whether IP-related or not?

A:    In college I competed for Team USA at the Triathlon World Championship in Hamburg, Germany. I still enjoy swimming and running in my spare time, and love traveling, reading, and exploring new restaurants.