Yolanda King brings a broad and varied background to our firm. She practiced at two law firms, where she engaged in client counseling, cleared and filed copyright and trademark applications in the United States, worked with foreign counsel to prosecute trademarks abroad, handled licensing issues, and assisted clients in domain name disputes. In addition, she was an attorney in the City of Chicago Department of Law, where she counseled several city departments in the drafting and negotiation of contracts with third party vendors.
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Yolanda also serves as a full-time law professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where she teaches Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Intellectual Property as a seminar, and Trademark Law.
In 2011, S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who inked Mike Tyson’s famous facial tattoo, sued Warner Bros. for copyright infringement based on, among other things, the reproduction of the tattoo on the face of actor Ed Helms in the Hangover II movie. Yolanda became immediately intrigued by the topic, and began researching and writing articles discussing the ability to copyright tattoos. She is a frequent speaker on emerging issues in intellectual property law.
Prior to this, she practiced IP law at two prominent Chicago law firms, Welsh & Katz, Ltd. and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione.
Yolanda enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, exercising at her fitness club, and, when time permits, reading a good book.
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