Michele S. Katz

Founding Partner

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A Powerful Ally

Michele Katz, the founder of the intellectual property law firm Advitam IP, LLC, has provided client counseling, in-depth strategic analysis, licensing, prosecution and litigation in all areas of intellectual property (IP) law for almost 20 years. Her diverse skill set and drive to deliver results that accomplish client objectives applies equally to obtaining trademark and copyright registrations and issued patents, as it does in obtaining favorable outcomes in state and federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), US Customs, and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As a certified mediator, Michele has also successfully brought parties to creative solutions for their disputes.

A Mentor and Sponsor

She is most passionate about giving back in a meaningful and measurable way. Her firm, in collaboration with her family, started a scholarship fund in the name of her beloved father, an icon in the IP field, and annually funds a master’s scholarship in the innovative sciences at The Hebrew University (Israel). In the same vein, Michele created an online program that mentors law students and new lawyers all over the world in all aspects of professional development and goal attainment.

An Educator

An advocate of education, Michele is also on the speaking circuit. She has spoken on high level IP topics at global conferences, such as at the Asian Patent Attorneys Association’s Annual Meeting in Okinawa, Japan. She has focused her educational efforts at the grass roots level as well. She has delivered presentations on IP law to new business owners via 2112, a local music, film and technology incubator, and at the LatinX Incubator, a joint effort of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and 1871, Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurship center. Since 2015, Michele has served as the expert on IP law and entity formation for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a transformative after school program. She started the program while serving as President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Chicago Chapter. The program is geared for 12-17 year old girls and teaches them how to select, research, vet, develop and market a business.


Working with Michele Katz and the Advitam IP team has been such a delight. Always professional and quick to respond, I know that she is someone I can trust to protect my company’s logo and brand.

Elizabeth Colon, Founder, Metaphrasis Language and Cultural Solutions, Inc.


Honors and Recognition

Michele was recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as an Illinois Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation for 6 consecutive years, and awarded the Corporate Woman of Achievement Award in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 by NAWBO Chicago. In 2019 and 2020, she received a nomination to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists. The guide created by IAM Strategy identifies the individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximize the value of IP portfolios. In 2019, Michele was selected as the only US attorney to be featured in the inaugural issue of the Women’s IP World annual magazine and recognised as an International Advisory Experts Award Winner, a global alliance of well-established and experienced legal, financial and consulting firms. Most recently, she was recognised by Marquis Who's Who in America, the standard for reliable and comprehensive data for today's leaders, selected as a Leading Lawyer, included in the Top 100 Alumni We Love from her alma mater, The Hebrew University, and voted into Illinois Super Lawyers.

Personal Passions

Michele has passions outside of the IP world as well. She enjoys spending time with family, including her four children, traveling internationally, refining her foreign language skills, getting her heart rate up by hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling and ziplining, and riding her Peloton® bike, and relaxing with wine and whiskey tastings (check out her food and beverage themed Instagram @ordained_foodie). Every summer, she spends a week volunteering at La Semana, a week-long culture day-camp for children in elementary through high school who were adopted from Latin America, and their family members. Fostering cultural understanding has always been an integral part of Michele’s personal life and Advitam IP’s business practice.


Education & Accolades

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, International and Comparative Law Certificate Program, 2000
  • B.A., Psychology and Jewish Studies, Indiana University, with honors, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Awards and Recognitions

  • Selected as the only US attorney to be profiled in Women’s IP World’s inaugural magazine issue, 2019/2020
  • International Advisory Experts Award Winner, 2019
  • Nominated to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, 2019, 2020
  • lllinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Corporate Women of Achievement Award, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • Recognised by Marquis Who's Who in America, 2020
  • Included in the Top 100 Alumni We Love, The Hebrew University, 2020
  • Voted into Illinois Super Lawyers, 2021

Professional Associations and Memberships (past and present)

  • American Bar Association
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • The Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
  • Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Mark Group (PTMG)

Civic and Business Organization Involvement

  • American Friends of The Hebrew University
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Chapter — Past President

Publications

2020

The Global IP Matrix, Issue 6: “Is the USPTO ready for Bud?” Read article

2019/2020

Selected as the only US attorney to be profiled in Women’s IP World’s inaugural magazine issue View the magazine

06.01.16

NAWBO Chicago Newsletter: “We Are Better Together” Read article

04.01.16

NAWBO Chicago Newsletter: “Calling All Women-Owned Businesses in Chicago: We Have 24 Days to Win it All!” Read article

03.01.16

NAWBO Chicago Newsletter: “Confidence is the Tipping Point” Read article

11.01.15

NAWBO Chicago Newsletter: “You're in the Circle” Read article

10.01.15

NAWBO Chicago Newsletter: “Why NAWBO's New Programming Makes the Most of Every Minute” Read article

09.01.15

NAWBO Chicago Newsletter: “A Great Man Inspired Me to Give and Then Give Some More: How Giving Leads to Growth” Read article

08.01.15

NAWBO Chicago Newsletter: “Mentoring” Read article

07.01.15

NAWBO Chicago Newsletter: “5 Tips to Building a Powerful Network” Read article

10.01.10

Reporter for 83rd Pharmaceutical Trade Mark Group Conference, Prague, 12-14 October 2011: “Pharmaceutical Trade Marks in a Shrinking World” Download publication (article is on pages 7-8)

11.01.08

“U.S. Declarations of Use for Madrid-Based U.S. Registrations”, INTA Bulletin Download publication

10.01.08

“For Sale or For Family: Why Trademarks Are Vital to Your Business and Increase Its Value”, NAHP, Inc. TODAY Download publication

02.20.06

“Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Software in the U.S.”, Jurisprudencia Argentina Download publication

07.01.02

“Introduction to Trademark Law: Protect Your Brand Identity and Reputation”, excerpts published in Spanish in Enlace Download publication

06.01.02

“Introduction to Copyright Law: Seeking Protection For Your Work”, La Oferta Review Download publication

05.06.02

“COPYRIGHT — Your right to protect your own work”, By Leslie Malek for BizAméricas, featuring Michele S. Katz and Richard J. Gurak Download publication


Speaking Engagements

10.01.20

Cybersecurity for the Small Business Owner
National Association of Women Business Owners, Boardroom Exchange

07.23.20

IP 101
National Association of Women Business Owners, West/South Connects

12.05.19

“Legal Considerations for YEA! Entrepreneurs”
Female Strong, Young Entrepreneur Academy!, 1871, Chicago

06.13.19

Panel re: Business Ownership and Entrepreneurship
Female Strong, Young Entrepreneur Academy, 1871, Chicago

01.22.19

“Legal Considerations for YEA! Entrepreneurs”
Female Strong, Young Entrepreneur Academy!, 1871, Chicago

03.14.18

Educational presentation covering many aspects of intellectual property law, including transactional issues and dispute resolution for early stage, tech-focused companies
1871/Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Technology Incubator

01.17.18

“Legal Considerations for YEA! Entrepreneurs”,
NAWBO Chicago’s Spirit Foundation, Young Entrepreneur Academy!, 1871, Chicago

12.19.17

“Legal & IP Basics for Startups”
NAWBO Chicago’s Spirit Foundation, Young Entrepreneur Academy!, 1871, Chicago

09.01.17

Presentation on IP law to Tech Incubator Cohorts
1871/Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Technology Incubator

01.10.17

“Legal & IP Basics for YEA!”
NAWBO Chicago’s Spirit Foundation, Young Entrepreneur Academy!, DePaul University, Chicago

04.07.16

“Make Your Mark: Using Trademarks to Build and Protect Your Brand”
2112, Chicago’s first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs and disruption in music, film/video and creative technology

03.30.16

“Women in Business Roundtable”
U.S. Small Business Administration-Illinois, Chicago

01.19.16

“Legal & IP Basics for YEA!”
NAWBO Chicago’s Spirit Foundation, Young Entrepreneur Academy!, DePaul University, Chicago

01.07.16

“How to Identify and Protect your Intellectual Property”
2112, Chicago’s first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs and disruption in music, film/video and creative technology

11.15.15

“The Mother of ‘Non-Traditional Trademarks’, the required DNA and how far have they grown as an effective tool of trademark protection”
Asian Patent Attorneys Association Annual Meeting, Okinawa, Japan

07.21.15

Legal Summit: Grow, Expand and Protect Your Business
National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Area Chapter, 25N Coworking, Geneva, Illinois

02.19.15

CEO Round Table
NAWBO Chicago’s Spirit Foundation, Young Entrepreneur Academy!, Catalyst Ranch, Chicago

01.13.15

“Legal & IP Basics for YEA!”
NAWBO Chicago’s Spirit Foundation, Young Entrepreneur Academy!, DePaul University, Chicago

11.18.10

“Standing Tall in a Shrinking Market: Top Three Ways You Can Strengthen Your Business Through Trademarks”
National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Area Chapter

05.22.10

“Strategies for Fighting Global Counterfeiting”
International Trademark Association, 2007 Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts

11.11.08

“Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs”
Distinguished Panel of Women program presented by Sunrise Events, Lombard, Illinois

10.20.08

“Fundamentals of Copyright Law”
Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois

04.30.07

“International Trademark Anti-Counterfeiting”
International Trademark Association, 2007 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

04.17.07

“No Matter the Age of Your Business, Learn How to Strengthen Your Publications, Brand, Identity and Content Through the Use of Trademarks and Copyrights”
National Association of Hispanic Publications, Annual Convention, Scottdale, Arizona

04.16.07

“Trademark and Copyright Q & A”
National Association of Hispanic Publications, 2007 Annual Convention, Scottsdale, Arizona

02.14.07

“Fundamentals of Copyright Law”
Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois

04.01.06

“Gamble with Your Chips not your Trademarks: Learning how to Protect your Publication’s Name, Logos, and other Intellectual Property Assets”
National Association of Hispanic Publications, 2006 Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada

03.12.05

“Trademarks and Copyrights for Minority-Owned Publications”
National Association of Hispanic Publications, 2005 Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

03.22.03

“Copyrights for Publishing Industry”
National Association of Hispanic Publications, 2003 Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada

03.16.02

“Copyrights for Publishing Industry”
National Association of Hispanic Publications, 2002 Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas


Videos

01.25.19

“What Keeps You Up At Night” Interview
National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Chapter
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06.29.15

Video prepared for Installation of President and Board for 2015–2016 Term
National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Chapter
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06.29.15

Post Installation highlights video of NAWBO Board for 2015-2016 Term
National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Chapter
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10.05.15

Thrive Conference 2015 Highlights
National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Chapter
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10.05.15

THRIVE Conference 2015 Promotional Video
National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Chapter
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