Richard J. Gurak

Founding Partner

A Global Innovator

With a passion for exploring the world and interconnecting global markets, Richard has traveled extensively during the past 14 years developing a diverse domestic and international intellectual property practice. He represents numerous established and start-up businesses based in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Pan-Asia. He serves his clients in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters, including the filing of applications, trademark clearance, dispute resolution, preparation of assignment and licensing contracts, intellectual property negotiations, IP portfolio management, client counseling, and preparation of validity, right-to-use and infringement opinions. With professional relationships that span the globe, Richard connects his clients to their greatest potential.

The Art of Originality in All Domains

A strong supporter of the arts, an avid photographer, occasional painter, and an expert in Internet domain name issues, Richard is committed to fostering and protecting the originality of creative individuals and companies in every domain. Richard’s Internet-related practice areas include domain name dispute resolution, domain name consulting, purchases, sales and assignments; liability for linking or framing; metatag issues; website development matters; website privacy policies; terms of use agreements; and website audits. He counsels clients regarding cybersquatting. He is an acting member of the Information Technology Committee of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), which seeks to build a strong relationship with The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and provides analysis of emerging Internet-related issues.

Building New Channels of Potential

Prior to joining the firm, Richard worked as a systems improvement engineer with an engineering consulting firm. From 1986 through 1993, Richard served as a civil engineer in the U.S. Navy Reserve SEABEES, the United States Navy construction battalion. Now, Richard serves established, high-technology companies and startup firms, helping them to create and build a new Internet presence. His strong relationships with organizations that offer consulting for development and investment sources translate into a unique advantage to transform launches into legacies.

Cultivating Good Neighbors at Home and Abroad

One facet of Richard’s practice is dedicated to representing Latin American companies. He serves as IP counsel to the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). From 2011 to 2013, Richard assisted as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Casa Ciudad de Mexico, an organization established by the Office of The Mayor of Mexico City to encourage Cultural and Business exchange between the U.S. Midwestern region and the City of Mexico.  He contributed as a board member of Chicago-based Luna Negra Dance Theater, a culturally diverse contemporary dance organization. This investment in strong international partnerships is what gives Advitam IP’s clients a broader range of market protection and potential.

Personal Passions

When Richard is not serving the interests of his valued
clients, he is immersed in the activities that enrich his life. He loves spending time with family and friends, world travel, painting, photography, visiting vineyards and wine tasting. Richard also enjoys swimming, biking, staying current on world news, watching soccer and playing golf (rarely and not particularly well!).

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