Advitam IP News


Michele Katz Leads Advitam IP Team Effort in Win at TTAB

Advitam IP, under the direction of Michele Katz, successfully opposed a Chinese applicant’s infringing marks at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). This case wound its way through an intense and highly charged trial at the TTAB level that required more than four years to conclude (the latter 2 years on Advitam IP’s watch). Nonetheless, at its conclusion, Advitam IP had successfully argued its client’s case, a prominent Italian business that manufactures industrial products for use with stone and other materials, and the Board ruled in its favor. Now, the applicant cannot register its three infringing marks. More importantly, Advitam IP now can use this ruling to eliminate infringements in the U.S. and keep the applicant’s products out of U.S. markets.


Michele Katz Discusses Client’s Networking Technology with Meetings Professional International (MPI)

Meetings Outlook 2018

In MPI’s March Blog, journalist Elaine Pofeldt interviews Michele Katz about our client, Proxfinity, and its wearable technology that enhances and tracks face-to-face interaction. Meeting planners have a growing interest to use technology to enhance sales and post-event follow up. The genesis of the article is from the networking event Advitam IP co-sponsored with Amata Law Offices Suites this past fall. Congratulations to Proxfinity’s CMO and Owner, Christine Hutchison, for leading the way in personalization technology.
Read the blog post here

Making a Difference.

Congratulations to Sabina Tsytkin-Kirschenzweig, the newest recipient of the A. Sidney Katz Student Scholarship at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sabina is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Bio-engineering. Her research is testing novel possible drugs that will hopefully target and treat key symptoms of diabetes in various tissues. The data she hopes to collect will allow her team to piece yet another bit of the complex puzzle of diabetes, its underlying mechanisms and means of battling its devastating effects, thereby improving the lives of millions.

As you may recall, Advitam IP and the Katz family established this scholarship in memory of A. Sidney Katz, who was a highly respected intellectual property attorney, father, mentor, and friend to so many. He co-founded the law firm of Welsh & Katz and was a major influence in the practice of intellectual property law for five decades. Sid was passionate about education, Israel and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He would be overjoyed to know that Sabina is this year’s recipient.

Congrats Sabina!
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem logo

Four more YEArs! Four more YEArs!

Advitam IP founder Michele Katz recently led a Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) session on entity formation and intellectual property. It is the fourth consecutive year that Michele has taught the course for YEA!. YEA! is a groundbreaking year-long educational and mentorship program that takes students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running a real business. The program is sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO Chicago) and hosted by 1871, an incubator and supporter of Chicago’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. The YEA! Chicago program aims to build and inspire future entrepreneurs by bridging business and educational communities with cohorts led by trained instructors and exposing students to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and mentors.YEA! Chicago also hosts pitch competitions for its students’ business plans, in many cases sending students to compete nationally for recognition and scholarship opportunities. The students also participate in trade shows, tour local business’ headquarters and receive guidance on legally registering their companies.

Michele Katz and the NAWBO Chicago YEA! group

How do we measure the success of 2017?

By not only what we’ve done.
But also what we’ve given.

Turn up the volume!

In 2018, may we all do well. And lots of good.

Have a wonderful New Year!
Michele Katz, Richard Gurak, and the entire Advitam IP Team


At the Heart of Saving Lives

Advitam IP founders Michele Katz and Richard Gurak recently visited the Wheeling headquarters of client, WorldPoint, a training provider and product distributor that is at the heart of saving peoples’ lives. WorldPoint connects its clients with the American Heart Association training materials and an array of supporting products to improve first aid outcomes. From providing CPR manikins, AED products and skilled professionals for a variety of health care-related training programs, WorldPoint is at the heart of their clients’ training needs. Richard and Michele spent the day with President and CEO John Amato and Vice President of Marketing Kate McGrath learning how their IP counsel will continue to support the ongoing success of WorldPoint.

Photos from the WorldPoint headquarters in Wheeling, Illinois


Enhancing Interactions

Advitam IP recently took social networking to a new level, courtesy of our client, Proxfinity. Proxfinity makes wearable technology that enhances and tracks face-to-face interaction. It helps users visually identify people with shared interests. Think how much more productive Proxfinity’s products could make your sales teams at industry conferences. Advitam IP founders Richard Gurak and Michele Katz tested the technology at a recent social networking event co-sponsored by Amata Law Offices Suites and Advitam IP. At the event, Michele was able to spend some time with Proxfinity’s CMO and Owner, Christine Hutchison.


The 2017 IHCC Awards Gala

Our client Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has the ability to unite business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals to empower individuals through economic growth. Our team of Richard, Yolanda, Michele, and Paras (from left to right) is pictured here enjoying IHCC’s annual gala.

Photo from the 2017 IHCC Awards Gala


From Employee to Entrepreneur

It was a real-apply-to-your-business-practice-today type of event in the creative space of NAWBO member Catalyst Ranch. Thanks to NAWBO Chicago and Decalogue Society Of Lawyers for putting this event together and for our cofounder Michele and her fellow panelists Helen Bloch of the Law Offices of Helen Bloch and Jessica Merino of Merino Wealth Management.

Photos from the "From Employee to Entrepreneur" event

Positioning an industry leader in LED and energy-efficient lighting for long-term growth

For 3 generations, Bill Solomon and family have nurtured AFX Inc. into a leader in energy efficient lighting tech. Advitam IP cofounders Michele and Richard spent the day with team AFX to understand business operations and strategize to ensure its IP assets are positioned to assist long-term growth potential.



Fostering cultural understanding

Advitam IP finished its third summer volunteering at La Semana, a week-long culture day-camp for children in elementary through high school who were adopted from Latin America, and their family members. Fostering cultural understanding has always been an integral part of Advitam IP’s business practice.

La Semana


IP education for entrepreneurs

In the fast-paced tech world, hungry entrepreneurs need to protect their intellectual property. Advitam IP founders Richard and Michele speak to vital aspects of IP and engage in Q & A sessions at the 1871/Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Technology Incubator.



Empowering entrepreneurs

At the 2017 Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, people left inspired by stories from Hamilton star Miguel Cervantes (top-right), Senator Dick Durbin, and a host of others. Our founding partner Michele hosted the Advitam IP, LLC table!

Advitam IP at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Strengthening small businesses

The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) recently celebrated 50 years of providing free advice and advocacy to businesses located in Chicago’s Kinzie Industrial Corridor. Warmest congratulations to ICNC and Executive Director Steve DeBretto, pictured here with Advitam IP team members Richard, Michele and Paras.

ICNC Executive Director Steve DeBretto with Advitam IP team members Richard, Michele and Paras

Five Years is Sure Sweet!

Advitam IP Turns Five!

Wow, five years sure has flown by! Advitam IP is thrilled to be celebrating our fifth anniversary, and we only have you — our loyal clients, family, friends and colleagues — to thank. Quite simply, we couldn’t have done it without you.

As we raise a toast to five sweet years of success and growth, we’re taking five to reflect on our goals for the coming year.

We pledge to continue offering five-star legal counsel to meet all our clients’ needs.

Coming together with our clients and colleagues, we’re working five times as hard to help you achieve your goals.

We’re shifting into high gear to move forward quickly and efficiently with five-speed service.

We look forward to lending you a hand with all your intellectual property and business objectives during 2017.



Warmest greetings and best wishes for the new year.

Advitam IP Holiday Greetings
Michele Katz, Richard Gurak, and the entire Advitam IP Team


Presentation to the SBA about NAWBO Chicago

Invited by the SBA, Advitam IP’s Founding Partner, Michele Katz, spoke last week on the various resources NAWBO Chicago provides to business owners at the local and national levels.

Michele presents to the SBA

Advitam IP Turns Four

Advitam IP Turns Four!

A heartfelt thanks to our clients, families, friends and colleagues for making this a great four years. Very simply, without you Advitam IP wouldn’t thrive.

Advitam IP celebrates its fourth anniversary and is looking four-ward to an exciting year.

We have expanded our resources fourfold to better serve you.

And, we have quadrupled our efforts to provide efficient and cost-effective services to meet every clients’ needs.

In fact, you could say we’re a “four-ce” among intellectual property law firms.

We look four-ward to working with you this year.

Michele Katz, Richard Gurak, and the entire Advitam IP Team


We’re kicking off 2016 with a look back at 2015:




NAWBO Heads Into Second Year of Young Entrepreneurs Academy for Teenage Girls

Advitam IP is a big supporter of Michele Katz’s involvement with young women entrepreneurs through NAWBO Chicago’s YEA program.

Read this article from PRWeb



NAWBO Chicago 2015-2016: The Year of Confidence

Join us in congratulating Michele Katz as she officially took the helm as President of NAWBO Chicago on July 1 for the 2015-2016 program year. Michele views the coming year as “the year of confidence”— giving women business owners the tools they need to confidently grow their companies, develop their staff and workforce, and enhance their own individual skills. “NAWBO Chicago is a great organization with great members. With the economy improving, we have to support our members and give them the confidence to take their businesses to the next level or to launch new enterprises,” states Michele. “We have an exciting year ahead!”

View the NAWBO Chicago installation video here


Strengthening Relations

Advitam IP Co-founder Richard Gurak participated in a round table meeting at the Mexican Consulate with Director General Simón Levy and other Illinois business leaders. The goal of this meeting was to strengthen relations and promote trade between two Global Gateway Cities: Chicago and Mexico City.


Copyright considerations for tattoo art

Yolanda M. King is Of Counsel to Advitam IP. She is also a full-time law professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where she teaches Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Intellectual Property as a seminar, and Trademark Law. Yolanda obtained her JD from Harvard Law School and has many years of private practice law firm experience. She was featured in this NIU article:

Read the article here


Q&A: Expanding kids’ horizons can help pave the way to a career

By Erinn Hutkin, Tribune Content Agency | CareerBuilder, Chicago Tribune

Michele Katz and Vida Winans share ideas for helping young students discover their interests & talents.

Read the article here


We are thankful to be celebrating our 3rd Anniversary! Here are some highlights from the past year.

Please take a moment to view our card by clicking below.
Be sure to turn up the volume!


Kicking off 2015 with a Toast!

Thank you for your friendship, support and trust. We wish you much success in 2015. Please take a moment to view our card by clicking below. Be sure to turn up the volume!

Happy New Year!

Michele S. Katz Named an Illinois Rising Star 2015

For the fourth year in a row, Michele has been named an Illinois Rising Star. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in a state are named Rising Stars. The lawyers who make this list must be under 40 years old or have less than 10 years of legal experience. Selecting the attorneys involves an in-depth, measurable process. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on a state-by-state basis annually.

Partner Michele Katz is on Fire!

Michele was interviewed by WGN radio about work-life balance, IP law and entrepreneurship this week.

Listen to the interview here.



Join us in congratulating Michele Katz.

Over the next twenty-four months, she is going to help make the city that works work even better for women business owners. Michele has just been installed as NAWBO Chicago’s President-Elect for 2014-2015, and will serve as President for the 2015-16 term. Similar to Chicago’s legacy of successful civic and business leaders, Michele is making no little plans for the coming two years. Her goal: make NAWBO Chicago not only the best organization for women business owners, but the best business organization in Chicago. Period. Michele intends to take the lessons learned in making Advitam IP a success and apply them to NAWBO Chicago.

Learn more about NAWBO Chicago here.


Richard Gurak speaks about Intellectual Property

Richard Gurak provided a presentation focused on Trademarks, Copyrights, Domain Names, and Patents at a Lunch and Learn Series held by the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC). He shared information about how your brand, products, inventions and creations are all important in keeping your company competitive, and strategies on how to protect your valuable intellectual property assets.


Michele Katz featured on WBBM-FM

Michele Katz is Chair of NAWBO Chicago’s 31st Annual Celebration of Achievement Luncheon, which will be held Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Fairmont Chicago. She was recently featured in this interview on Chicago Connection, WBBM-FM 96.3 Chicago:



Advitam IP Celebrates 2nd Anniversary With A Twofold Focus on 2014!

A heartfelt thanks to our clients, families, friends and colleagues for making this a great two years. Very simply, without you Advitam IP wouldn’t exist.

To show our appreciation and to celebrate our second anniversary, we pledge the following:

Twice as committed to helping you achieve your business and intellectual property goals and objectives.

Re-doubling our efforts to keep you apprised of intellectual property legal developments throughout 2014.

A dual focus on delivering efficient and effective legal counsel.

That’s our pledge to you.

We look forward to seeing you during 2014.

Michele and Richard


Kicking off 2014 with a Bang!

We’re reflecting on 2013 and looking forward to sharing much success in 2014. Please take a moment to view our card by clicking below. Be sure to turn up the volume!

Advitam IP 2014 Card


Michele S. Katz Named an Illinois Rising Star 2014

For the third year in a row, Michele has been named an Illinois Rising Star. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in a state are named Rising Stars. The lawyers who make this list must be under 40 years old or have less than 10 years of legal experience. Selecting the attorneys involves an in-depth, measurable process. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on a state-by-state basis annually. View the full publication by Super Lawyers here.


Announcing the A. Sidney Katz Student Scholarship Fund

Advitam IP, LLC is proud to announce the establishment of the A. Sidney Katz Student Scholarship Fund for a deserving student annually at Hebrew University. Already in its inaugural establishment, the fund will provide a full Master’s scholarship. Read about the scholarship fund here.


Yolanda M. King Joins Advitam IP as
Of Counsel

We are proud to welcome Yolanda King to our firm. She brings a broad and varied background, having practiced at two law firms where she engaged in client counseling, cleared and filed copyright and trademark applications in the United States, worked with foreign counsel to prosecute trademarks abroad, handled licensing issues, and assisted clients in domain name disputes. Learn more about Yolanda here.


Tracy L. Valente Joins Advitam IP as an Intellectual Property Assistant

Advitam IP welcomes Tracy Valente to our team. She brings a wealth of experience managing and maintaining IP portfolios, having over 15 years of professional experience assisting in IP, corporate litigation and real estate law. Her experience in both law firm and in-house corporate environments allows Tracy to assist clients from all backgrounds. Learn more about Tracy here.


Start-Up Business Panel at Business Expo

Richard Gurak, Founding Partner, Advitam IP, LLC participated in a start-up business panel and provided an Intellectual Property presentation at the Business Expo held at Navy Pier, Chicago.


“Coaching for Growth” Program

Presentation at Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Richard Gurak, Founding Partner, Advitam IP, LLC provided an overview on how intellectual property can protect your company’s brand, reputation, products and services.


Advitam IP featured in World Trademark Review

International — What the future holds for trademark practitioners (PDF)

This article first appeared on World Trademark Review on 05 May 2013, published by Globe Business Media Group. To view additional content please go to


Advitam IP — One Year Later.
Earning Your Trust on a Daily Basis.

Our clients are simply the best.

Since our firm launch on March 27, 2012, clients have trusted us to protect their intellectual property assets around the world. The entire Advitam IP team — led by Michele Katz and Richard Gurak — greatly appreciates your support, your trust and your commitment.

We look forward to our continued partnership over the years to come.

Read the full article here.


Firm Launch Video

For your entertainment, please check out our announcement video — turn up the volume!

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