Richard J. Gurak

Founding Partner

A Global Innovator

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 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.

The Art of Originality in All Domains

A strong supporter of the arts, an avid photographer, occasional painter, and an expert in Internet domain name issues, Richard is committed to fostering and protecting the originality of creative individuals and companies in every domain. Richard’s Internet-related practice areas include domain name dispute resolution, domain name consulting, purchases, sales and assignments; liability for linking or framing; metatag issues; website development matters; website privacy policies; terms of use agreements; and website audits. He counsels clients regarding cybersquatting. He is an acting member of the Information Technology Committee of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), which seeks to build a strong relationship with The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and provides analysis of emerging Internet-related issues.

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.

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 a 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

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. Richard also enjoys swimming, biking, staying current on world news, watching soccer and playing golf (rarely and not particularly well!). 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. 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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