Patent Litigator Kelly Eberspecher Joins Steptoe in Chicago

(May 11, 2017, Chicago) — Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Kelly Eberspecher as a partner in the Intellectual Property Group. He will reside in the firm’s Chicago office, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Mr. Eberspecher focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation. He has substantial experience in federal district courts throughout the nation, as well as before the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mr. Eberspecher’s litigation practice encompasses a variety of technical areas including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemical, mechanical and electrical. He has litigated several matters arising under the Lanham Act, as well as cases involving trade secrets and copyrights.

Mr. Eberspecher, who has been named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list every year since 2010 and recognized by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Network as a Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer, is an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He is a veteran of the US Navy where he served as a SEAL team member conducting special operations.

“Kelly has successfully represented clients in various industries, defending their intellectual property rights before the PTAB, and federal district and appellate courts,” said Steptoe Chair Phil West. “His arrival will further strengthen our IP capabilities, and improve the firm’s capacity to manage large patent litigation cases in the Chicago office.”

Jay Nuttall, managing partner of Steptoe’s Chicago office, added: “IP has always been a strength and focus of our Chicago office, so we’re delighted to be adding such a talented lawyer to our team. Kelly is a great addition to our office, especially as we continue to grow and celebrate our 10th anniversary in Chicago.”

Mr. Eberspecher commented: “To succeed in today's multi-faceted, high stakes intellectual property disputes, a firm needs top tier litigators in both the district courts and parallel PTAB proceedings, a deep bench of technical expertise, and seasoned ITC practitioners. Steptoe offers it all. I am thrilled to be joining the firm’s ranks."

Steptoe’s Intellectual Property Group enforces, protects and develops the intellectual property rights and assets of clients in a wide range of industries. With lawyers based in offices stretching from coast to coast, the group’s range of services includes IP litigation, Section 337 litigation, patent prosecution, and trademark and copyright protection. The group has earned rankings from prestigious legal directories including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500, and Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine’s Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.

Mr. Eberspecher received his law degree from Indiana University - Bloomington, and his B.S. from the University of Wyoming.

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