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Overview

Laurie focuses her practice on copyright and trademark litigation along with licensing matters.

Through strategically written briefs and skillful litigation, Laurie safeguards the intellectual property of a broad spectrum of clients. Working extensively in the federal appellate and district courts, she protects a wide range of ideas, inventions, discoveries, research and technologies including:

  • Toy manufacturers
  • Video games
  • Generic pharmaceuticals

Clients especially appreciate Laurie's writing acumen in crafting briefs and other court filings on their behalf. Her colleagues share this opinion. Laurie was chosen as a member of the Pattern Jury Instruction Committee for Intellectual Property for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and was involved in drafting the circuit’s framework for jury instructions for copyright and trademark cases.


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Education

  • J.D., Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • B.A., University of Utah
    • English
    • cum laude 

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Utah
  • Nebraska
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Utah Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Experience
  • Involved with team protecting the intellectual property rights of the maker of famous plush toys, including policing, and licensing activities and involvement with anti-counterfeiting efforts in Asia.
  • Represented video game company in obtaining a copyright registration for the early game “Breakout” by successfully challenging the Copyright Office’s refusal to register the game. The case is one of the few decisions in which the Copyright Office’s refusal to register a work based on lack of creativity was reversed by a Federal Court. (Atari v. Oman)
  • Successfully defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against competitor's claim that generic drug was marketed unfairly.
Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Laurie loves tennis, both as a competitor and spectator.

She has traveled the world to attend all four Grand Slams: the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. She frequently visits California, for the annual Indian Wells Masters tournament. Laurie also likes to read, hike, practice yoga and quilt. And, like many of her colleagues in Chicago, she's a Cubs fan.