Michele S. Katz
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 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.
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, 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. And most recently, Michele was selected as the only US attorney to be featured in this inaugural issue of the Women’s IP World annual magazine.
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 with outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling and ziplining, relaxing with wine and whiskey tastings and watching movies. Every summer, she spends a week volunteering at La Semana, a week-ling 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.