Founder and Affiliate Activities


September 15, 2016 – CIPA Board member Aseet Patel, with Banner and Witkoff attorneys Ross Dannenberg and Peter Nigrelli, have authored a brief analysis of a much-anticipated Federal Circuit case, McRo v. Bandai et al. that is available at the Banner and Witkoff website.  The case concerns the patent eligibility of software and serves to shed light on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

September 14, 2016 – Prof. Josh Sarnoff of Depaul College of Law presented a thumbnail of his newly published book from Elgar Press on Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change.  As a former environmental lawyer, a scientist, and patent agent, Prof. Sarnoff is uniquely qualified to coordinate the materials for this first work to pull together the landscape of climate change in the larger picture of international treaties in trade, environment, human rights, economics, and intellectual property law.  He led a discussion of these issues and more during the BookIT series that is hosted by Chicago-Kent College of Law Director of the IP Program, Prof. Ed Lee.

April 20, 2016 – The annual CIPA Social event was held at Bin 36.  It was organized by Sana Hakim from K&L Gates and was very well attended by both attorneys and law students.  It was an ideal event for continued networking between CIPA mentor attorneys and the students they had seen either at the CIPA mentoring event in the fall or at the CIPA/IPLAC speed mentoring held in March.  A great time was had by all!

April, 2016 – Kenneth Matuszewski was announced as the winner of the Ladas award for writing in the area of trademark law.  Ken will be graduating from Chicago-Kent in May.

March 28, 2016 – CIPA partnered with IPLAC to sponsor a speed mentoring event and reception.  The event was very well-attended by both mentors and law students and was considered a tremendous success–thanks to all who attended.

March, 2016 – Chicago-Kent Lefkowitz trademark moot court team placed second overall in the national competition in Washington, D.C. and their brief was awarded second in the best brief competition.

February 25, 2016 – Brinks, Gilson & Lione presented “Duty of Candor and Good Faith before the PTAB,” the first in a series of webinars in which Brinks attorneys address recent developments in post-grant proceedings.

February 6, 2016 – Pattishall partner Ashly Boesche coached the Chicago-Kent team to a win at the Lefkowitz trademark moot court regional competition in Chicago.  The team of Stephanie Crigler and Kenneth Matuszewski won best brief as well as first place in the Midwest Region and will compete in the National competition in March.


October, 2015 – Chicago-Kent, IIT, and K&L Gates presented a program exploring the effects of Alice over the last year and providing practical tips on its effect on drafting and exploiting patents in various arts.


July 24, 2012 at 12:15pm – Please join the Chicago Bar Association in welcoming Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Outreach with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Click here for more information.


May 2011 – Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery partner Joseph T. Nabor will participate in a panel discussion on “A Primer on Trademark Office Actions” presented by the Illinois State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section on May 10.

March 2011 – Neal & McDevitt attorney Rick Biagi will be presenting “The Top 10 Legal Issues in Social Media” to the Association Forum of Chicagoland on March 22, 2011 from 8:30-11:30am. Details about this event are available at

March 2011 – Jeremy Roe, Neal & McDevitt, will be presenting a DMCA Takedown Workshop in Chicago on March 9, 2011. The event will be co-sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer Section’s Creative Arts Committee.

February 2011 – At the Law Bulletin, CIPA law firm members were on panels.  Julie Katz from Husch Blackwell LLPregarding trade secret protection and Bob Surrette from McAndrews Held Malloy regarding scope of patent protection.  Also in attendance at the conference was Jeremy Roe of Neal McDevitt.

February 2011 – The renaming of the university’s WIIT radio facility to the A. Sidney Katz Radio Studio, in recognition of and with gratitude to the generosity of A. Sidney Katz (EE ’62). Thursday, February 17, 2011, 12:00 pm at the WIIT Radio Station. Click here for more information.


May 2010 – Phillip Barengolts of CIPA Founder Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, LLP postedSecond Circuit Rules against J.D. Salinger, Invalidates Presumption of Irreparable Harm when Considering Preliminary Injunctions in Copyright Cases on the firm Blog.

April 2010 – The John Marshall Law School will host “Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property Law” Friday, April 30, 2010 from 9am to 1:30pm. The event will provide four hours of CLE credit.

March 2010 – Professor Mickie A. Piatt of The Chicago Kent Law School Professor Piatt was honored by the Intellectual Property Law Society at its annual alumni reception on March 24. Professor Piatt was awarded the Society’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

20 March 2010 – Gina Bucknell, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, LLP, will be presenting at a session on “Strategies to Get Licensees to Pay” at the AUTM 2010 Annual Meeting, March 18-20, 2010, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The program will explore common issues in license drafting and management with respect to payment, reporting, and audit requirements. The AUTM meeting is a three-day educational conference that draws from the global community of technology transfer professionals, researchers and other intellectual property experts.

3 February 2010 – Ashly Iacullo of CIPA Founder Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, LLPmoderated the Intellectual Property Law Judges Panel featuring prominent U.S. judges discussing changes in patent, copyright, and trademark law.

January 2010 – The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported that CIPA Founder McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd. received a contract from the National Institutes of Health that could last up to 10 years. Mike Harlin, current CIPA president and a shareholder in the firm, was involved in obtaining the contract.


November 2009 – Ashly Iacullo and Daniel Hwang of CIPA Founder Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, LLP taught “Basics of Intellectual Property” to students at Senn High School, a Chicago Public School.

October 2009 – Ashly Iacullo and Daniel Hwang of CIPA Founder Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, LLP taught “Basics of Intellectual Property” to students involved in the Law Academy Program at Mather High School.

September 2009 – The 2009 IPO Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago, Illinois during September 13-15, 2009. The speakers at this program include Alexis E. Payne and Meredith Martin Addy, on the topics listed below:

Alexis E. Payne, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP, is on a trademark panel discussing “New Frontiers in Marketing and Advertising”.

Meredith Martin Addy, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, is on a patent panel discussing “Bilski – What is the Future for Business Method Patents”.

June 2009 – CIPA founder Dolores Hanna has been inducted into the IP Hall of Fame 2008 at the Gala Dinner held 22 June 2009. The Academy cites Ms. Hanna as “the first female president of the International Trademark Association and a highly influential figure in the development of trademark law and practice across the world.”

Ms. Hanna provided the inspiration for the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance and has worked tirelessly to promote its programs and activities.

The formal induction was held in Chicago. It is part of the IP Business Congress™ Annual Event for Global IP Leaders. A large group was in attendance to honor Ms. Hanna. The pictures below are from the festivities.


2008 – CIPA President-Elect, Mike Harlin, McAndrews Held & Malloy, has been named one of the “40 Under 40” attorneys in Illinois.

2008 – Jeff Handelman, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, won the prestigious Burton award for a law firm compendium. His two-volume treatise is Guide to TTAB Practice published by Aspen Publishers. It provides analysis of the procedural and substantive issues that arise in trademark cases, with particular emphasis on TTAB proceedings.