Richard J. Gurak
A GLOBAL INNOVATOR
Richard as the founder of Advitam IP, LLC knows what it takes to work with entrepreneurs and innovators because he shares their commitment to building a world class organization from the ground up. With a passion for exploring the world and interconnecting global markets, Richard has traveled extensively during the past two decades 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, domain names 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.
BUILDING NEW CHANNELS OF POTENTIAL
Prior to founding Advitam IP, Richard was a partner at Welsh & Katz, an IP boutique in Chicago. And prior to Welsh & Katz, 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.
We have been working with Richard Gurak and the team at Advitam IP for many years and are impressed by so many aspects of what they do. We are a fast-growing company, not only is their work and advice incredibly concise and useful, but their response time is so impeccable! Their breadth of knowledge on intellectual property and other areas of the US laws and regulations for our industry has been excellent. Every team member is pleasant to work with and they explain things in detail but in terms that we can easily understand.
Dionne Laslo-Baker, CEO, DeeBee’s Organics Inc., Canada
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), the largest community of Hispanic business owners across Illinois and the Midwest. IHCC helps entrepreneurs and business owners either start or grow their businesses. 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. In addition to these activities, Richard is an active member of the Union League Club of Chicago, sharing in this organization’s commitment to the city’s cultural institutions, the beautification of the city and supporting our nation’s military and their families.
PERSONAL PASSIONS AND GIVING BACK
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. He is a willing and well-versed Chicago bike tour guide, particularly tours of the city’s beautiful lakefront. In addition, Richard mentors aspiring intellectual property attorneys through the John Marshall Law School Alumni Mentor Program. Richard contributes to numerous charities and foundations as a way to support others. Lastly, via Advitam IP, Richard is a supporter and owner of the IP Junkies® — a group that hosts IP professionals from across the world at the firm’s annual INTA client appreciation party.
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