Intellectual Property & Technology

One of the fastest-growing areas of business law is the commercialization and protection of intellectual property and technology assets. This tremendous growth is fueled by an increasingly interconnected global economy that continues to expand at an unprecedented rate.

Much Shelist assists clients in protecting, enforcing, and utilizing their intellectual property both domestically and internationally. Our attorneys, admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, are able to provide the broad strength and depth of representation needed in managing your intellectual property assets.

Practice Group Leadership

Adam K. Sacharoff, Chair

Attorneys

Evan D. Brown
Principal
Evan D. Brown
Principal

Evan Brown advises companies of all sizes on matters pertaining to technology, intellectual property and privacy.  His practice covers a wide range of related issues, such as licensing, online services, cloud-based technology, data security, social media, copyright and trademark protection and advertising.

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Michael J. Femal
Principal
Michael J. Femal
Principal

Michael J. Femal, a Principal in the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology group, has nearly four decades of experience advising clients on all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition law and litigation. Michael regularly counsels clients in the evaluation, protection, procurement, and transfer of domestic and foreign IP rights, including the negotiation of licensing deals across the United States and in Asia, Europe and South America. He also frequently negotiates and drafts IP licenses, as well as joint venture, joint development, brand label and secrecy agreements. An experienced litigator, Michael represents clients in jury and non-jury court cases, mediation and arbitration, and regularly coordinates legal strategies in global IP disputes.

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Gregory D. Grove
Principal
Gregory D. Grove
Principal

Greg Grove leads the firm’s emerging companies and venture capital practice with a focus on  business transactions and counseling. He advises funds, strategic investors, boards of directors, management teams, underwriters, and private and public companies at all stages of development, from entrepreneurial to established. Greg draws on his training and experience as an electrical engineer when representing clients in technology-related areas such as the software, internet, application, medical device, life sciences, communications and semiconductor industries. Further, Greg represents companies and investors in health care, entertainment and media, agriculture and retail and consumer products and services.

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James P. Hanrath
Principal
James P. Hanrath
Principal

James P. Hanrath has practiced law for more than 30 years. A member of the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology group, Jim is a registered United States patent attorney serving the needs of publicly held corporations, private enterprises, small businesses and individual inventors.

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Jacob R. Lenzke
Associate
Jacob R. Lenzke
Associate

Jacob R. Lenzke focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation, business reorganization and bankruptcy matters, as well as on patent prosecution, licensing and other intellectual property issues.

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Julia G. Rybakova
Associate
Julia G. Rybakova
Associate

Julia Rybakova helps companies better understand the legal issues that affect their business decisions and strategies. She advises clients in the areas of intellectual property and corporate transactions.

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Adam K. Sacharoff
Principal
Adam K. Sacharoff
Principal

Adam K. Sacharoff, Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology practice, counsels clients on patents, trademarks, and copyright matters, as well as a broad range of technology matters including sweepstakes, on-line privacy matters, and licensing.

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Anthony C. Valiulis
Principal
Anthony C. Valiulis
Principal

Tony Valiulis is an accomplished litigator with 40 years of experience in a broad range of state and federal civil trial and appellate matters. As counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants, he has first-chaired numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts and argued a wide variety of appeals throughout the country, including in the Illinois Supreme Court. A Principal of the firm since 1979 and a member of the Management Committee from 2010-2013, Tony served as Chair of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group for more than 20 years.

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