ADAM KELLY, Moderator
The National Law Journal has named Loeb & Loeb Partner Adam G. Kelly among Chicago’s 40 Under 40 in a special report profiling the city’s rising stars in the legal industry. Adam Kelly practices intellectual property law including patent and trademark counselling, litigation, and prosecution. Mr. Kelly’s experience in the United States and abroad is extensive, including conducting due diligence, providing strategic counseling, procuring new technologies, negotiating licenses, and enforcing or defending against infringement actions in various jurisdictions throughout the world. He represents clients in the agricultural science, biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical arts, as well as in the electronic arts involving network-based computer systems, gaming, and children’s toys. Adam has successfully represented both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide variety of patent infringement cases in both federal district and appellate courts, and represented clients in prosecution, opposition, and reexamination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. and the European Patent Office in the Hague, Netherlands.
OLIVIA T. LUK, Patent Attorney
Olivia T. Luk Bedi is a shareholder at Niro, Haller & Niro in Chicago. From 2000-2005, Olivia was a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the area of semiconductor processing for Tech Center 2800. She practiced patent prosecution at a law firm
in the Washington, DC area before moving to Chicago in 2006 to practice patent litigation. Currently, Olivia proudly represents small companies and sole inventors in federal and state intellectual property litigations across the country. In 2014 and 2015, Olivia was recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation. Prior to that, she was recognized as a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation each year from 2009 through 2013. In 2014, Olivia was named to the “40 under Forty Top Lawyers in Illinois” by the Law
Bulletin. She was awarded the American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service in 2011. Olivia has also served the local Chicago school community by mentoring through PEAK, teaching IP Law at Whitney Young High School through StreetLaw, and reading to pupils at a Southside elementary school.
CLINTON HALLMAN, Patent Attorney
Clinton is an experienced Intellectual Property attorney currently holds the position of Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property at LBP Manufacturing a maker of innovative food packaging products located in Cicero, Il. Prior to that, he held the position of Chief Counsel, Patents at Kraft Foods. . His skill set includes patent portfolio development, technology strategic alliance building, IP licensing, and IP litigation. Clinton is well regarded for ability to advise clients at all levels including engineering, innovation teams, business units, startups and management committee. He is a proven manager with experience building a patent IP team. Before he became an attorney he served as officer in the United States Navy on several years of sea duty in the engineering departments of Navy ships. Following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering he completed his Juris Doctorate Degree from the George Mason University School of Law in the Patent Track. He has been a presenter/instructor for a variety of legal topics including Advanced Licensing and Patent Litigation.
LISA IVERSON, Patent Attorney
Lisa joined Neal & McDevitt, LLC in June of 2001 as Counsel and was promoted to Member in January of 2004. Lisa’s practice focuses on all aspects of trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and domain name law, including counseling clients regarding the selection, adoption, use and protection of trademarks, the registration of domain names, copyrights and trademarks on a worldwide basis, and licensing. Lisa also has extensive litigation experience, including proceedings involving trademark, copyright, and domain name disputes before U.S. Federal Courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Lisa completed her LL.M. (Intellectual Property), in 1998, with honors from John Marshall Law School and a J.D., 1988, cum laude, from University of Wisconsin Law School. She has received the American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Advocacy,, is a Member of Phi Delta Phi – Honorary Legal Fraternity and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law.
PAUL STEPHENS, Patent Attorney
Paul Stephens, Partner, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP, has a multifaceted practice focusing primarily on obtaining and protecting client assets through prosecuting patents, counseling, and developing IP strategy. Over the last decade, a good portion of his work has been directed toward building licensable IP portfolios for startups and universities. Paul’s practice in the firm also includes considerable litigation successfully representing clients at the CAFC and in district courts across the country His role today in litigation is more managerial: counseling clients on cases filed by both competitors and patent trolls and directing liability phases and challenging competing patents in the USPTO through reexamination and IPR proceedings. Paul states that “Every day, I am privileged to work for (and with) some of the smartest people imaginable. Whether working along with a general counsel or an entrepreneur, a professor or a licensing professional, a research scientist or a corporate manager, the challenges we face are complex and engrossing. Needless to say, I enjoy my work.” Paul is an avid tennis player, photographer, proud Detroiter, triple University of Michigan grad (B.S.EE – magna cum laude, M.S.EE, and J.D.), and has lived in South Africa. I also serve as the chairperson of our firm’s pro bono committee.