Q: How long have you been a member of IPLAC?
A: I’ve attended events and participated as a member for some time and became co-chair of the amicus committee this past year. In that time, I’ve been lucky enough to help draft an amicus brief to the Supreme Court and speak at a number of events on behalf of IPLAC.
Q: What is your practice like?
A: Diverse. I litigate patent and trademark issues before federal courts, state courts, the PTAB, and the TTAB, including cases related to utility patents, design patents, trademarks, and product configuration trade dress. I also assist clients with prosecution and counseling in a number of technology areas, with an emphasis on chemistry, where I have a graduate degree and years of industry experience. All told I have helped clients obtain hundreds of utility and/or design patents and registered trademarks/copyrights.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about being an IP attorney in Chicago?
A: The community of attorneys is second to none. We are lucky to have a deep bench of mentors and friends for anyone joining the profession. Chicago is home to businesses in every technology area, offering the opportunity to assist companies in many industries from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies with their needs.
Q: What do you like the most about being an IPLAC member?
A: What I mentioned above: the diverse opportunities to meet others in the industry, speak, present, and learn on important topics, and give back to the IP community.
Q: What do you like to do for fun, whether IP-related or not?
A: I have three young children and enjoy whatever they enjoy, which changes every day but often includes bike rides or hikes in the woods, reading books, building models and structures, swimming at a pool, or going to an attraction like the Morton Arboretum or the DuPage Children’s museum. I also enjoy running when on my own time, and occasionally with a little partner.