IpHorgan Intellectual Property Lawyers

Our goal is to provide forward-looking, efficient, and effective service through focused planning, perseverance, and relentless drive. We propel decisions and provide solutions that work for today and for the future.

IpHorgan clears, registers, maintains, and enforces trademarks worldwide. We prosecute a wide range of engineering and scientific patents. Our attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of copyright law and a detailed knowledge of domain name rules, including the technical aspects of domain name management. We also have many years of experience with license drafting and related issues.

Our lawyers are authorized to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Through decades of training and experience, we have developed a deep knowledge of international law. And our attorneys are fluent in major world languages.

Our firm represents some of America's leading corporations, including companies that specialize in fashion, household products, professional services, recreation, and oil and gas exploration. As well, IpHorgan serves some of the world's largest overseas companies, among them those engaged in the automation, automotive, and consumer electronics industries. We assist some of the music industry's most popular and influential artists.

WE REPRESENT AMBITION®

Trademarks and Trade Identity

We help businesses develop brands, secure registrations, maintain, and enforce trademarks.

Trademarks are words, signs, designs, colors, shapes, sounds, or smells that distinguish the goods or services of one company from those of others.

Representative Projects:

  • Executed the smooth spin-off of a multi-billion dollar business; completing in under three months the rebranding and worldwide rights lock-up;
  • Thwarted disastrous reputational damage by successfully enjoining similarly named Romanian company engaged in hiring ex-vets for Middle East conflicts;

Patents and Inventions

IpHorgan reviews inventions for patentability, drafts and prosecutes applications, enforces issued patents, and assists clients to navigate around others' patents.

Patents protect the ownership of useful inventions that are new and not obvious to those skilled in the field.

Representative Projects:

  • Underpinned client's nine-figure acquisition through forward-looking due diligence that identified and powered the inclusion of crucial patent families previously withheld;
  • Extricated client from anticipated multi-million dollar patent litigation by invalidating competitor's patent under the America Invents Act's Inter Partes Review procedure;

Copyrights and Audio-Visual Works

We provide registration, assignment, fair use, licensing, and enforcement services to owners of copyrights.

Copyrights protect original works of authorship in tangible form, such as literary writings, musical compositions, paintings, movies, and photographs.

Representative Projects:

  • Staunched misuse of client rights by registering copyrights and successfully deploying them in an offensive-defense;
  • Debunked competitor's copyright infringement claims by demonstrating the alleged work’s lack of originality and independent creation;

Domain Names and the Internet

Our attorneys tackle online fraud and abuse, and the technical aspects of managing domain names.

Domain names are addresses used to locate websites and/or email accounts through the worldwide web.

Representative Projects:

  • Derailed attempted theft of client’s online business identity by terminating fraudsters’ email accounts, taking down their websites, and positioning the cases for law enforcement intervention;
  • Established the foundations for numerous businesses' online operations by identifying, registering, and acquiring necessary gTLDs and ccTLDs, including critical dot-coms;

Trade Secrets and Confidential Information

We regularly assist clients with the management of confidential information and trade secrets.

Trade secrets protect confidential information that is valuable to businesses.

Representative Projects:

  • Safeguarded crucial R&D investments by implementing a program establishing clear procedures for identifying, cataloging, and securing company's confidential information and trade secrets;
  • Furthered client's joint collaboration program through fair, but robust, NDA and joint-development agreements providing for the open exchange of information, while safeguarding innovations, trade secrets, and business data;

Our Global Capabilities

We have a roster of counsel in over 200 jurisdictions, and have prosecuted over 70,000 foreign intellectual property cases. We draw on that experience to independently evaluate local counsels' initial assessments and recommendations. We infuse our own knowledge to craft the most efficient solution for each client.

Case Studies

Smashball

Client was losing sales to an ex-dealer. Despite repeated requests that it immediately stop, the ex-dealer continued to display on its exterior a large sign featuring our client's logo. In addition, it ran newspaper advertisements claiming to be an authorized dealer of our client's products. Further, the owner engaged in classic bait and switch tactics by disparaging our client's products to customers lured into his store, and recommending instead those of our client's largest competitor.

Our office contacted the owner insisting that he immediately cease his unlawful activities. The ex-dealer agreed to comply with our requests. But then he became recalcitrant based in part on advice received while out hunting with a retired judge.

We prefer persuasion over the iron bar of litigation, but sometimes a fight is thrust upon reasonable right-holders. Thus, we sued the ex-dealer in the U.S. District Court, alleging trademark infringement, false designation of origin, false advertising, and dilution. This course had the desired de-intoxicating effect: the owner promptly settled on terms very favorable to our client, which included the payment of monetary damages. The lesson here: never ask a barber if you need a hair-cut, and never ask a judge if you should litigate.

We May Have To Zig And Zag, But We Never Give Up

Offender was flooding the Chinese market with counterfeits. In Foshan, a city close to the Hong Kong border, we sued. The marks and goods were virtually identical; there was no issue about infringement. Judgement should be a matter of course. But then we received a call from the Court. It had misgivings: it doubted our evidence, it doubted our case, and it doubted us. We knew that the fix was in. We withdrew the pending case immediately.

We knew that our villain also sold products in Shenyang, which was near the border with North Korea. Our research confirmed that its court system was robust. We moved ahead there and refiled. This time we prevailed; the target appealed to the High Court and again we won. We had hoped he would appeal because a High Court ruling would greatly strengthen our hand.

Armed with an iron-clad judgement, we returned to Foshan. We first froze the counterfeiter’s bank accounts; we next closed his business; and we then recovered over 300,000 rmbs in damages. Deploying equal measures of perseverance and resilience, we defeated our target in detail.

Into The Weeds

We were instructed to take over a family of pending patent applications. Each case had undergone at least two Final Rejections, four to five prior substantive Office Actions total, with no hint of allowance. The cases were very important to our client. The prior firm handling the cases had reputable and experienced patent attorneys, but they just could not get the applications through.

We dug deeply into all of the Actions, Amendments, cited art, and other documents in the file history—perhaps thousands of pages. We figured out where previous arguments had gone wrong and determined how we could overcome them after the invention had received so many rejections. We explored the technical issues in depth.

Through a process of deconstruction—breaking each objection into its individual elements and then arguing against each of those components—we were able to prevail upon the Examiners to allow in turn each application

Our People

Amanda R. Peluse counsels clients ranging from local not-for-profit organizations to multinational Fortune 500 corporations on a variety of issues including trademark conflict resolution, global counterfeiting, brand selection, copyright enforcement, and general intellectual property portfolio management. Amanda has successfully prosecuted a wide variety of trademarks globally, from the clearance phase to registration, and has also represented clients in trademark opposition, and cancellation actions in jurisdictions throughout the world.

Education:

  • B.A., Princeton University;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law (Certificate in Intellectual Property, Art & Museum Law).

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar.

Angela Kalsi concentrates on trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement. She has successfully represented clients in trademark oppositions, cancellations, and litigation worldwide. She counsels multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, and artists on trademark issues, and she also assists clients with copyright registration and enforcement, domain name disputes, counterfeiting, and customs recordals. Angela is fluent in French.

Education:

  • B.A., University of Michigan;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law (Editor-in-Chief of the DePaul Journal for Social Justice).

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar.

Carlynn B. Davis assists clients ranging from start-up companies and artists to corporations with world-wide intellectual property portfolios on a variety of issues, including trademark clearance, registration, maintenance, and enforcement, and copyright licensing and enforcement. She also specializes in enforcing client rights against counterfeiters and cybersquatters and managing Criminal anti-counterfeiting actions in China and elsewhere.

Education:

  • B.S., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law (Certificate in Intellectual Property Law; Legislative Updates Editor for DePaul Journal of Art and Entertainment Law).

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar.

Christopher B. Lay represents multinational corporations in trademark opposition, cancellation, and infringement, copyright infringement, medical device patent infringement, and related litigation matters. He has represented clients in trade secret, class action, and civil rights cases, including a recent appeal in which he obtained reversal and remand for a client whom he represented before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In addition, Chris regularly counsels clients on trademark, copyright, and other transactional matters. He has taught the Intellectual Property section of legal writing at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Education:

  • B.M., DePaul University;
  • J.D., cum laude, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Certificate in Trial Advocacy).

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar;
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including trial bar);
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit;
  • United States Supreme Court.

Daniel Lano concentrates on both domestic and international trademark issues, including international prosecution and enforcement. He counsels both large and small businesses regarding their trademark portfolios. He has experience advising small businesses and aspiring authors regarding trademark and copyright claims. He has also worked with small and large, multinational corporations on trade secret issues.

Education:

  • B.M., New England Conservatory of Music;
  • M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law (DePaul Journal of Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property Law Case Notes and Comments Editor).

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar.

Dermot Horgan assists clients with implementing and managing programs to protect their intellectual property rights. His knowledge of trademark, trade dress, trade identity, trade secret, and copyright law is deep. His skill-set extends to U.S. and international practice. Dermot is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues: recent topics include The Law of Music and Video Licensing, and Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Education:

  • B.C.L., University College Cork;
  • Barrister-at-Law, Kings Inns, Dublin;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law.

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar;
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois;
  • New York State Bar;
  • Trial Bar in the Republic of Ireland.

Dmitriy O. Makarov handles anti-counterfeiting, copyright, domain-name, trademark, trade identity, and unfair competition matters. He has been active in all aspects of international trademark law, from managing customs recordals, title updates, and assignment recordals to performing trademark clearance searches, conducting due-diligence portfolio reviews, preparing and prosecuting trademark applications and extensions of international registrations, and investigating misuse. Dmitriy has counseled clients on the proposed new gTLD application process and helped secure usernames for brands on social-media sites. He is fluent in Russian and has an extensive background in business and computer technology.

Education:

  • B.S., North Central College;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law.

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar.

Eric Estadt drafts and prosecutes patents and assists clients in a variety of patent-related matters. His technical background includes four years of computer-aided design and drafting.

Education:

  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law (Treasurer, Intellectual Property Law Society).

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar;
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Bar.

Jeannine Rittenhouse counsels clients ranging from small businesses to multinational Fortune 500 corporations on the searching and clearance of new brands worldwide and on the maintenance, prosecution, protection, and enforcement of their global trademark and domain portfolios. She has represented clients in trademark oppositions and cancellations in multiple jurisdictions and has substantial experience in copyright prosecution, enforcement, and licensing matters. In addition, Jeannine counsels clients on trade identity, domain name, and unfair competition issues. She has frequently guest-lectured for the DePaul University College of Law Technology/Intellectual Property Legal Clinic.

Education:

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law.

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar.

Jing Zhang assists clients on trademark enforcement, anti-counterfeiting cases, and domain-name disputes worldwide and particularly in China. Jing has vast experience in trademark opposition, trademark cancellation, counterfeiting, cybersquatting, customs registration, and recordal matters. Jing has an extensive background in international cultures and in-depth knowledge about the Chinese social and legal system. Jing is fluent in Chinese and proficient in Farsi.

Education:

  • B.A., Beijing University;
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis;
  • M.S., University of North Texas;
  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law (Certificate in International & Comparative Law; Associate Editor for Intellectual Property Reporter).

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar.

Michael L. Kenaga is the Director of Patents. He is a registered patent attorney and has twenty years of experience that includes advising and counseling large and mid-sized corporations on patentability and protection options. He is highly skilled at opinion drafting. Mike has substantial experience in IP due diligence. His practice includes licensing and litigation support. He has successfully prosecuted several Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings. Mike regularly lectures on issues related to U.S. and foreign patent practice. He is an electrical engineer and, prior to law school, worked for a telecom company and for a military and government contractor.

Education:

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering;
  • J.D., John Marshall Law School.

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar;
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois;
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit;
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Bar.

Sean Swidler is a registered patent attorney and concentrates on U.S. and international Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret and Copyright matters. He has prosecuted a broad range of patents, including medical devices, mechanical and electro-mechanical devices along with software and business methods inventions. Sean is experienced in all phases of patent and trademark litigation and has spent time litigating patents, in both federal court actions and inter partes review proceedings, covering multiple technologies, including generic drug applications, medical devices, and electronic payment systems.

Education:

  • B.S., University of Iowa;
  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar;
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit;
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit;
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Bar.

Sean Price counsels on U.S. and international patent prosecution and enforcement matters, as well as on due diligence issues. Prior to law school, Sean designed and wrote computer software for the metals and legal services industries, and marketeted steel and other metals to large OEM manufacturers.

Education:

  • B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University;
  • J.D., magna cum laude, DePaul University College of Law (Certificate in Intellectual Property).

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar;
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Bar.

Valerie Neymeyer-Tynkov drafts and prosecutes patents in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, medical, and chemical arts. She prepares legal opinions, devises cost-saving strategies, and troubleshoots patent-related problems for clients. Valerie has over six years of bench experience in R&D and academic laboratories, including with the manufacture of product under cGMP protocols. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she teaches International Patent Law.

Education:

  • B.A., University of Iowa, with honors;
  • M.S., University of Iowa;
  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, with honors.

Admissions:

  • State of Illinois Bar;
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Bar.

CLE Event

Trademark Enforcement and the Law; Copyright Law and Marketing Communications

October 20, 2016
8:30am to 10:00am
800 Beaty Street, Davidson, NC 28036

Please join us for a discussion on trademark and copyright law. Experts in intellectual property will discuss trademark enforcement mechanisms, the effect of copyright law on marketing communications, and open source licensing agreements.

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Contact Us

IpHorgan uses its ability, draws upon its years of experience, and its track record of achievement to provide service that produces excellent results for today and for the future.

We welcome your enquiries.

195 Arlington Heights Rd., Suite #125
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
United States of America

Tel 847-808-5500
Fax 847-808-7238/7245

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