Michele S. Katz

Founding Partner

A Powerful Ally

A powerhouse of skill, drive, and natural insight, Michele was recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as an Illinois Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Tapping her years of experience in the realm of IP law, Michele provides powerful expertise in client counseling, strategic analysis, prosecution and litigation in all areas of intellectual property law. She has significant experience in the enforcement of trademarks and copyrights against counterfeiters and infringers with representation of a roster of distinguished clients. Michele’s intelligence and commitment to excellence leads to the optimal outcome for her clients.

Uncompromising Drive

With a passion for hiking and rappelling, Michele never shies away from a challenge. With a diverse skill set and a drive to deliver results, she conducts trademark searches, prepares opinions, and monitors trademarks to confirm that her clients’ intellectual property rights are used properly and effectively. She manages copyright registration portfolios in addition to familiarizing U.S. Customs with client designs in an effort to stop counterfeit goods at U.S. borders. In the area of patents, Michele litigates complex patent litigation matters including such varied products as textiles, hard disk drives, airbag covers and interface transfer technology. She also manages patent portfolios to ensure U.S. and foreign patent protection for clients.

Living Diversity

A gifted and passionate communicator, Michele has studied French, Hebrew, and Spanish. Her Spanish has reached such a level that she can conduct Spanish-only business meetings with ease. Michele’s international travel has given her a deep understanding of the Spanish culture. Demonstrating remarkable insight and range, she has represented a number of Hispanic-owned and managed businesses in a variety of industries. She served as intellectual property advisor to the Board of Directors of a national Hispanic foundation for approximately six years. Michele strives to build a strong local and international network that opens opportunities for all her clients.

Personal Passions

Michele is committed to balance, spending time with family, including her three children, traveling internationally, refining her foreign language skills, hiking and rappelling, and enjoying wine tasting and movies.

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