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With more than 19 years of experience in trademark law and a cadre of high-profile clients, Scott has earned an enviable reputation for his experience, business-focused advice and counseling.

Whether appearing before a federal district judge, offering counsel on international trademark filing strategies, clearing a new global brand, advising on the nuances of trade secret law, or explaining how social media marketing can create undue legal risks, Scott gets the job done quickly and cost-effectively so his clients can get back to work.

Scott’s practice focuses primarily on U.S. and international trademark prosecution and litigation. As such, he constantly uses his time-earned skills to help his large corporate clients manage and grow their trademark portfolios. Whether the project involves clearing a new mark in multiple jurisdictions, registering the mark with the relevant trademark offices, policing the mark against infringers or defending a client’s use of a mark from threat of attack, or helping to resolve a conflict so it never reaches litigation, Scott has the relevant experience to tackle any trademark-related issue.

Recently, Scott completed a four-month secondment at Abbott Laboratories. While he was there, he coordinated the rebranding of four significant product lines, as well as helping to integrate a new subsidiary’s intellectual property. He also updated the trademark and copyright notices for Abbott and remains involved in several ongoing oppositions and disputes on Abbott’s behalf. Working in-house benefited Scott immensely because it gave him a unique outside counsel perspective into how best to communicate with in-house counsel and the marketing teams they often advise and into what his in-house counsel clients really need in terms of outside counsel communications. His communications needed to be direct and to the point and written in a way that non-lawyers could understand not only the legal risks but the business risks at play in their decisions. Scott’s experiences with Abbott are ones that he will continue to draw from for many future matters.

Scott also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Arizona’s Intellectual Property Clinic. The Intellectual Property Clinic (IP Clinic) provides free legal counseling and services on IP matters to individuals, start-ups, and small business having limited financial resources. Examples of the services provided by the IP Clinic are general IP counseling; trademark searches and advice on choosing a strong trademark; preparing and filing patent, trademark, and copyright applications; counseling on trademark infringement issues; and IP-related agreements and licensing. These services are provided by students of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, under the supervision of Scott and his colleagues. This experience has given Scott a great perspective on how start-ups work and the unique issues and challenges they face in trying to protect their intellectual property.

Because social media has become an integral way for his clients to interact with their customers, Scott has become an industry thought leader on its impact on trademark protection and enforcement. He has helped many clients craft social media policies to protect intellectual property while still allowing them to exploit new technologies to positively interact with customers. His involvement in this ever-changing field has prompted him to write numerous articles and provide state-of-the-art presentations aimed at explaining how companies can navigate the unchartered waters of leading social media sites, while still protecting corporate intellectual property and avoiding infringement risks. He has also been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg BNA, The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, InsideCounsel and MacNewsWorld, and has appeared on Fox Chicago News.

Scott’s clients also rely on his experience in trade secret law, where he focuses on its use in the employment context, particularly in connection with non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants. He has also conducted several trade secret audits to help his clients identify and then protect their most valued commercial advantages.

Representative Experience

Professional & Community Activities

  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2009-2019)
  • Selected, World Trademark Review 1000, The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (2018)
  • Selected, Super Lawyers
    • Illinois Super Lawyers (2014-2019)
    • Illinois Rising Stars (2009, 2012-2013)
  • Selected, IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property (2013-2015)
  • Selected, World Trademark Review 1000, (2011-2015)
  • Selected, "Forty Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch," Law Bulletin (2012)
  • Adjunct Professor, Intellectual Property Clinic, University of Arizona
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, International Trademark Association
  • Member, Marques - The Association of European Trade Mark Owners

Articles & Publications

News

Education

Georgetown University, J.D., 1998

Northwestern University, B.A. 1995

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
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