David C. Brezina

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David C. Brezina

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Phone: (312) 427-1300 | Fax: (312) 427-6663

David Brezina is of counsel in the Chicago office of Ladas & Parry and is a registered patent attorney with over 30 years of experience in intellectual property law. During his career, David has handled patent, trademark, and copyright applications and has appeared in more than 100 lawsuits. He has also written applications for and registered numerous patents and trademarks. David has lectured, participated in panels, and taught patent, trademark and entertainment law at the college and law school levels. Publications and speaking engagements have included both focused topics and multidisciplinary topics. Talks and articles have focused on topics such as electronic discovery, trademark surveys, and numerals as trademarks. Particularly rewarding are presentations to clients to improve their intellectual property protection and reduce their risks. When not practicing law, David is a yacht club Commodore, sailboat racer, and boat builder. He is a multi-engine rated private pilot and he has been a licensed bicycle racer and triathlon competitor. He maintains his association with his rugby club. Community activity includes several nonpartisan citizens’ organizations, serving as a hearing officer in school elections, and coaching youth athletics.

Education

John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois.  Master of Laws, Intellectual Property Law, 1988
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois.  Juris Doctor with Honors, 1978
Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  Bachelor of Special Studies in Political Science, 1975

Practice Areas
  • U.S Litigation
  • Transactions
  • Patents – Mechanical , Electrical, Chemical, and Methods
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Entertainment
  • Trade Secrets
  • Digital Brands/Domain Names
  • Designs
  • European Litigation
Admissions

Illinois Bar
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – Registered Patent Attorney

Key Industries
  • Consumer Products
  • Vehicle & Automotive
  • Food & Beverage
Publications & Presentations

Goldilocks and Patent Marking — Don’t Say Too Little, Don’t Say Too Much, Say What You Believe Is ‘Just Right’ — Lessons from Pequignot v. Solo Cup Co., The John Marshall Law School, Center for Intellectual Property Law, News Source, Fall, 2010
Looking With An Equitable Lens at Hold-ups of Standard Setting: Qualcomm v. Broadcom’s Remedy for Misuse, published in Vol. 2, No. 4, Landslide, A Publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, March/April 2010
The Backstory In Qualcomm v. Broadcom Provides Lasting Guidance In the Standard Setting Organization — Intellectual Property Interface, Intellectual Property Today
A Multidisciplinary Approach To Trade Secret Protection in the Digital Age, 15th Edition of the TerraLex Intellectual Property Newsletter
Testified, as Commodore of Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, before Illinois Senate Special Committee on Watercraft
Electronic Discovery from a Professional Responsibility Perspective at Naperville and Chicago, Illinois seminars “Legal Ethics in Illinois” by Lorman Education Services
What Does a Business Lawyer Do?, Panel Discussion, John Marshall
Law School, Business Transaction Externship Program
Strategies and Trends in Intellectual Property Law Damages, Overview of Damages in Commercial Litigation Seminar, CBA Commercial Litigation Committee
Electronic Discovery from a Professional Responsibility Perspective at Naperville, Illinois seminar “Legal Ethics in Illinois” by Lorman Education Services
Patent Prosecution — The Duty of Candor: Derived from Equity, Progressed to Common Law Fraud, Guest Lecture, John Marshall Law School, Course IP 411 “Antitrust and Misuse Aspects of Intellectual Property” (Prof. Daryl Lim)
IP Indemnification Clauses in Agreements, CBA Bus. Law, Corp. Doc Forms & Best Drafting Practices Subcommittee
Top Ten List of Intellectual Property Folklore at Bohemian Lawyers Bar Association monthly meeting
The Law of Web Marketing — Not Just for Geeks Anymore presented at 54th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference at the John Marshall Center for Intellectual Property Law — “Hot Topics and Developments in Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets Law”
Multidisciplinary Approach to Trade Secret Protection, Ladas & Parry LLP, In-House CLE Presentation accredited by New York and Illinois
Licensing in Context: The Standard Setting Organization – Intellectual Property Interface, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 2009 Corporate Intellectual Property Law Conference
Top Ten List of Intellectual Property Folklore, Chicago Bar Association Solo and Small Firm monthly meeting
Electronic Discovery from a Professional Responsibility Perspective at Countryside, Illinois seminar “Legal Ethics in Illinois” by Lorman Education Services
Electronic Discovery from a Professional Responsibility Perspective at Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago
Depositions in Competition Cases Presentation at “Taking and Defending Effective Depositions In Illinois”, Lorman Education Services, Naperville, Illinois
Electronic Discovery from a Professional Responsibility Perspective at Countryside, Illinois seminar “Legal Ethics in Illinois” by Lorman Education Services

Recognition:
  • Martindale Hubbell AV/Top Lawyers; Leading Lawyers