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ADAM KELLY (Partner, Loeb & Loeb, LLP)

Olivia Luk Bedi, PartnerThe 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. Adam is also currently serving as the 134th President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Illinois (IPLAC). 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.

Legal Center Panelists
CLINTON HALLMAN JR., Patent Attorney

Clinton HallmanClinton Hallman is the Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property at LBP Manufacturing LLC and has the responsibility for building a new IP function in a dynamic, fast-growing packaging company located outside Chicago in Cicero, IL. Clinton’s background includes being Chief Patent Counsel for Kraft Foods Group including having responsibility for patent matters related to their iconic brands such as Philadelphia brand cream cheese, Oscar Mayer meat products and Maxwell House coffee. His other past industry experience includes: Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Food, Tobacco, Medical Devices, Energy, Fuel Systems, Technology Transfer, Clinical Trials, University Research Agreements, Intellectual Property Counseling, Patent Prosecution, Patent litigation.

JAMES MURAFF, Patent Attorney

James MuraffJames Muraff is a Partner at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP. James practice includes all aspects of intellectual property, including domestic and foreign patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition, including counseling, investigations, transactions, prosecution and litigation, with a primary focus in the computer software, computer hardware, electronics and Internet technologies and business methods. Jim is regularly involved with software and Internet clients for transactional, licensing and general intellectual property law counseling. Within this primary focus, James practice includes significant patent, trademark and copyright litigation experience. He has represented clients in relation to various technologies in patent, trademark, unfair competition, copyright and trade secret cases in the federal courts. He has been involved with all of the related aspects of these cases, such as discovery and discovery motions, as well as the preparation of numerous motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss and trial preparation. Several of these cases have included foreign parties and international issues.

JUSTIN LESKO, Patent Attorney

Justin LeskoJustin Lesko has extensive experience with all aspects of monetizing and enforcing patent portfolios, including negotiating license agreements, litigation, continued patent prosecution, and defending post-grant challenges at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Lesko leads clients to efficient and lucrative resolutions, often on a contingent fee basis. Mr. Lesko’s patent prosecution practice focuses on drafting patent applications and claims with an eye towards future enforceability, maximizing potential value for his clients.

BRIAN SODIKOFF, Patent Attorney

Brian SodikoffBrian Sodikoff, national head of the Katten Muchin Rosenbaum, LLP Patent Litigation group, devotes a significant part of his practice to complex patent litigation and has worked on all phases of cases involving a diverse array of technologies, including medical devices, thermoplastic air bag covers, automated truck transmissions, DVD technology and hard disk drives. A significant portion of Brian’s practice is dedicated to working with pharmaceutical
companies to helping to grow their businesses. With his knowledge of the industry, Brian also is routinely tapped for guidance on a wide range of activities, from internal product selection to crafting settlement agreements, to diligence on acquisitions of select drugs or companies. A registered patent attorney, Brian prosecutes and secures patents, partnering with clients to design and implement customized strategies to create strong patent protection that transforms ideas into competitive business advantages. He particularly enjoys working with entrepreneurial companies and start-ups, and has worked with several local incubators and universities on IP issues for young companies. Brian also leads the Chicago office’s IP pro bono group.

DANIEL LANO, Patent Attorney

Charles Ferrer, President & CEODaniel Lano is a trademark attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The focus of Daniel’s practice is counseling clients regarding the protection and enforcement of trademarks, both in the United States and in foreign jurisdictions, although it also includes a full range of tasks related to other aspects of intellectual property law, including copyrights, trade secrets, domain names, and advertising law. Daniel has represented both small and large, multi-national corporate clients in the course of his practice, spanning a wide variety of industries. Daniel has expertise in both US and foreign trademark law, and has prosecuted and enforced trademarks in a wide variety of jurisdictions, including China, India, The European Union, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and others.