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Our Chicago office is home to Nixon Peabody’s largest group of intellectual property attorneys, including one of the nation’s foremost practitioners in trade secrets law.

We represent clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including medical devices, telecommunications, gaming, biotech, electronics and software. We provide a full range of legal services, including litigation, transactional, regulatory, corporate and dispute resolution services—both domestically and internationally. The office is the Midwest hub of Nixon Peabody’s footprint and as such is home base for attorneys who serve clients in the adjacent region.

Our Chicago team members are embedded in their communities and participate in numerous charitable and professional organizations in the area.

Media Clips

  • In the News
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | February 10, 2014
    This news brief notes that Chicago Patents attorney Sorin Cimpoes has been elected to the firm’s partnership.
  • Strong Software Patents Crucial, Michel Tells Justices
    Law360 | January 28, 2014
    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan is noted in this article for his representation of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property who recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging that any ruling that weakens software patents "would be a step backward for the United States."
  • Lawyers' New Practice Invites Second-Guessing
    Crain's Chicago Business | November 15, 2013
    Products: Class Action, Trade & Industry Representation practice group leader and leader of the firm’s NP Trial® team Joe Ortego discusses the firm’s Second Opinion service.
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  • Patent Law Committee Taps Nixon Peabody's Paul Kitch as Vice-Chair
    Intellectual Property Today | October 28, 2013
    This article notes that Chicago Patents partner Paul Kitch has been named vice chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Patent Law Committee.
  • Big Law Social Media Success Strategies
    The American Lawyer | October 1, 2013
    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan’s use of Twitter is highlighted in this feature story.
  • Protecting U.S. Trade Secret Assets in the 21st Century
    Landslide | September 1, 2013
    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan wrote this article discussing the need for U.S. companies and the intellectual property bar to place more importance on trade secret asset protection.
  • Patent Troll Lawsuits Rare In Device Industry, But May Increase, Attorneys Say
    The Gray Sheet | June 24, 2013

    Chicago partner and leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice Russ Genet discusses the trend of lawsuits from firms that buy up device patents purely to pursue litigation becoming more commonplace.

  • Lawyers See IP Protection Help in U.S. Trade-Secrets Focus
    Reuters | February 22, 2013

    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan discusses efforts to combat trade-secret theft.

  • EXTRA! EXTRA! En Banc Federal Circuit Overrules Its Precedent on Induced Infringement
    IP Today | October 16, 2012

    Authored by Chicago intellectual property partner Paul Kitch and Chicago intellectual property litigation associate Jason Kunze, this article discusses the law concerning induced infringement of patented methods. Click here to download the article.

  • Seventh Circuit Ruling Clears Website of Infringement
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | August 3, 2012

    This article focuses on a ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals indicating that a website that provides copyrighted videos without consent does not contribute to copyright infringement. Chicago intellectual property partner Mark Halligan provides third party commentary.

  • Expert Witness: Lawyers Put Their Legal Skills to Use in Creative Way
    Chicago Lawyer | August 1, 2012

    Chicago intellectual property litigation partner Mark Halligan discusses how attorneys and law professors serve as consultants to strengthen cases before trial and as experts to do reports, give depositions, and provide testimony if a case goes to trial.

  • Green Industry Changes Employment Law
    Chicago Lawyer | June 1, 2012

    Chicago and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Michael Hallerud provides third-party commentary discussing labor and employment matters within the “green” industry.

  • Sabermetrics Sees Recent Scrutiny
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | May 30, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan and San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Matt Frankel, discusses trade secrets in baseball—specifically “sabermetrics,” the advanced statistical analysis for evaluating players.

  • Nixon Peabody LLP Meets KenJiva’s IP Challenge
    The Law Project | April 12, 2012

    Chicago Patents counsel Wayne Tang is featured in this story discussing an intellectual property matter faced by the CEO of KenJiva Energy Systems, a startup energy management firm. Wayne provided legal counsel pro bono through the organization the Law Project.

  • Spotlight: Expanding Nixon Peabody’s Chicago office
    Crain’s Chicago Business | March 26, 2012

    This column profiles Chicago office managing partner Janet Garetto. Ms. Garetto’s and the firm’s plans for the office are highlighted.

  • Case Study: Fort Properties V. American Master Lease
    Law 360 | March 13, 2012

    This “Expert Analysis” column, authored by Chicago Intellectual Pproperty Litigation partner David McKone, discusses the Federal Circuit’s decision upholding a district court ruling invalidating process patent claims as being too abstract and what this decision means in the future.

  • U.S. Tries Cracking Down on Economic Espionage
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | March 9, 2012

    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan provides commentary about the recent surge in trade secrets theft cases, especially those involving possible espionage.

  • Garetto Plans to Lead Nixon Peabody’s Chicago Office
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 27, 2012

    This feature story profiles new Chicago office managing partner Janet Garetto and highlights her vision for the office and outlook on the industry.

  • Defensive ESI Strategies in Trade Secret Misappropriation Litigation
    BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal | January 6, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan, notes that the battleground for trade secrets litigation now involves electronically stored information. Mr. Halligan offers strategies for preventing and defending such lawsuits.

  • Legal Focus: Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
    Lawyer Monthly Magazine | January 1, 2012
    This featured Q&A profiles Chicago intellectual property litigation partner Mark Halligan and focuses on the issues surrounding trade secrets and confidential information. For the complete article, please click here.
  • Federal Bill Pits Creative Industries against the Internet in Piracy Fight
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | November 29, 2011

    This article discusses the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOAP) which is being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives and would give owners of intellectual property the power to quickly shut down "rogue websites" pirating their goods. Chicago intellectual property litigation and trade secrets partner Mark Halligan provides commentary.

  • Developments in Joint Infringement Law
    Law 360 | September 28, 2011

    This article, co-authored by Chicago patents partner Paul Kitch and Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation associate Jason Kunze, discusses the need for companies to be aware of the potential defenses available if accused of patent infringement.