Jennifer M. Mikulina

Jennifer M. Mikulina is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Chicago office. As head of the Firm's global trademark prosecution practice, Jennifer focuses her practice on trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, licensing and litigation.

Jennifer specializes in trademark counseling for clients in a wide variety of industries, including consumer electronics, food products, healthcare services, hospitality/restaurant services, on-line services and video games. She works with domestic and international companies to register, maintain, protect and license trademarks, service marks, domain names and trade names, and assists her clients with the development and implementation of international brand management and enforcement programs. Jennifer also assists clients with copyright matters pertaining to various works of authorship, including print publications, software, multimedia presentations, web pages and online databases.

Jennifer has drafted and negotiated intellectual property provisions in complex commercial transactions, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and license arrangements for public and privately held companies in various industries. She also frequently assists with the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions, including financings, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.

Her litigation experience includes cases in the areas of trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, copyright and patent law. Jennifer has represented clients in disputes involving computer software, consumer services, consumer products, electronics, medical devices, transaction cards and apparel construction.

Jennifer is a member and past chair of the Chicago Pro Bono & Community Service Committee and co-chair of McDermott’s Gender Diversity Committee. She provides pro bono services to a variety of clients and is a member of the Board of Directors for WITS (Working in the Schools) and Lawyers for the Creative Arts. In addition, Jennifer received the McDermott Will & Emery Award for Outstanding Commitment and Service to the Community in 2011 (Chicago office) and 2006 (firmwide).

Jennifer received her B.S., with honors, in international relations, economics and political science. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the Federal District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois. While in law school, Jennifer was an intern for the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, Chief U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Jennifer is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and is active on INTA’s Pro Bono Committee. She previously served as a member of the editorial board for the Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments, published by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law.

Jennifer is listed in the 2012-2015 editions of World Trademark Review 1000, was ranked as a top woman lawyer by Illinois SuperLawyers in 2013, and was recognized by Illinois SuperLawyers in 2014 and 2015 as a “Rising Star.” In October 2014, Jennifer was one of six attorneys recognized by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois as the Top Women Lawyers in Leadership.

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Areas of Practice 1) Copyrights, 2) Data Licensing and Purchase Transactions, 3) e-Business, 4) e-Business - IP, 5) Food, 6) Beverage & Agribusiness, 7) Intellectual Property, 8) IP Litigation, 9) Japan, 10) Privacy and Data Protection, 11) Pro Bono & Community Service and 12) Trade Secrets
Law School University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2001)
Education University of Wisconsin - Madison (B.S.,1998)
Bar Member / Association Illinois State Bar Association
Most recent firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP
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