Bradley L. Cohn

Phone: 312-554-7953

Email: bcohn@pattishall.com

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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude), 1994
  • Duke University (B.A., cum laude with distinction, 1989 )

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Honors & Awards

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Trials, Appeals & Litigation

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Professional Activities

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Bradley L. Cohn

How did you wind up at Pattishall?
I took a class on trademark law my third year of law school, and after a few weeks, I knew I wanted to work in the field. One day we had a guest speaker who was in-house counsel with a major multinational company. After class I introduced myself to him and asked what law firms he would recommend for someone wanting to go into trademarks and advertising. He said, "The firm you want to be at is Pattishall."

I see you started with Pattishall in 1995, after your federal court clerkship. Can you tell me what areas of concentration you have developed since then?
Domestic and international trademarks, including litigation, client counseling, licensing, and prosecution. In the advertising field, my work includes clearance, sweepstakes, and litigating false advertising cases before the federal courts and the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau. I also regularly handle matters involving copyrights, trade secrets, and rights of publicity.

What are the firm`s strongest points?
Great people doing great work for great clients. The Pattishall team includes everyone--administrative staff, paralegals, attorneys--working together in a constructive atmosphere. The firm possesses a tremendous institutional knowledge that comes from being a leader in the field since 1883. We constantly draw on and add to that knowledge, all to the benefit of clients and the profession.

What are some aspects of your job that you enjoy?
I like litigation and the challenges that go with it. At Pattishall, we aggressively enforce and defend our clients' rights, but we also look for every opportunity to resolve cases amicably, where the parties' resources are better spent growing their businesses, rather than fighting. There are many ways to structure non-litigation solutions, including assignments, licenses, and phase-out periods, to name a few. That institutional knowledge is extremely valuable in crafting solutions that stand the test of time.

I understand you are active in representing people who cannot afford legal services. Please tell me about some of your pro bono work.
In one case, a working, single mother couldn't afford to pay her utility bills. She had run into financial problems because she was caring for her elderly mother and was swamped with unexpected medical costs. A legal aid clinic referred the case to me. I negotiated with her creditors and guided her through legal proceedings. She was able to get out from under her debt and get a fresh start. In another case, I represented a veteran and former Chicago police officer who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty, in a proceeding before the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. I was fortunate to have been able to give back to someone who has given so much himself.

You don`t seem like such a bad guy, for a lawyer.
Thanks, I'll tell my mom you said that!

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 IP Stars, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine : Selected as an "IP Star"
  • 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers : An Illinois "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property
  • 2014 Leading Lawyers Magazine : An Illinois "Leading Lawyer"
  • 2013 IP Stars, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine : Selected as an "IP Star"
  • 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers : An Illinois "Super Lawyer"
  • 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers : An Illinois "Super Lawyer"
  • 2011 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education : Recipient of the 2011 Above and Beyond Award in recognition and appreciation of contributions of pro bono legal services
  • 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine : An Illinois "Super Lawyer"
  • 2010 Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition : An Illinois "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property
  • 2010 Law & Politics : An Illinois "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Law
  • 2010 Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition : An Illinois "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 2009 Law & Politics : An Illinois "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Law
  • 2008 Law & Politics : An Illinois "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Law
  • 2007 Law & Politics : An Illinois "Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property Law

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Trials, Appeals & Litigation

  • Masco Corporation of Indiana v. Kohler Co., Opp. No. 91204221 (TTAB 2012) (Trademark)
  • Kohler Co. v. Masco Corporation of Indiana, Cancellation No. 92053940 (TTAB 2012) (Trademark)
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc. v. Prestone Products Corporation, Case No. 4:2011cv03372 (S.D. Tex. 2011, Judge Gilmore) (Advertising)
  • Ashley Furniture Inds. v. Laura Ashley, American Arbitration Association (AAA) Case No. 51133Y0105608 (Trademark, Breach of Contract)
  • Kohler Co. v. Kohler Homes, Inc., Opposition Nos. 91152287 and 91152290 (TTAB 2009) (Trademark)
  • World Wide Sales, Inc. v. Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Case No. 1:2008cv01198 (N.D. Ill. 2009, Judge Kennelly) (granting summary judgment for defendant on trademark infringement and fraud claims) (Trademark Infringement)
  • Vulcan Golf, LLC v. Google, Inc. et al. (including Internet REIT), 552 F.Supp.2d 752 and 2008 WL 2959951 (N.D. Ill. 2008, Judge Manning) (Internet, E-Commerce and Computer Technology, Trademark Infringement)
  • March Madness Athletic Ass'n, L.L.C. v. Netfire, Inc., 310 F.Supp.2d 786 (N.D. Tex 2003, Judge Buchmeyer) (Trademark Infringement)
  • DeJohn v. The .TV Corp. Intern., 245 F.Supp.2d 913 (N.D. Ill. 2003, Judge Manning) (Internet, E-Commerce and Computer Technology)
  • John Zink Co. v. Zink, 241 F.3d 1256 (10th Cir. 2001, Judge Briscoe) (affirming award of attorneys' fees to John Zink Co.) (Trademark Infringement)
  • Han Beauty Inc. v. Alberto-Culver Co., 236 F.3d 1333 (Fed. Cir. 2001, Judge Rader) (General)
  • Lucent Information Management, Inc. v. Lucent Technologies, Inc., 1999 WL 1057262, 5 F.Supp.2d 238 and 986 F.Supp. 253 (D. Del. 1999, 1998 and 1997, Judge McKelvie) (summary judgment granted dismissing complaint) (Trademark Infringement)
  • Pulse EFT Association v. Sears Roebuck & Co., Case No. 4:1999cv02329 (S.D. Tex. 1999, Judge Hughes) (Trademark Infringement)
  • Lucent Information Management Inc. v. Lucent Technologies Inc., 186 F.3d 311 (3d Cir. 1999, Judge Greenberg) (summary judgment dismissing complaint) (Trademark Infringement)
  • FASA Corp. v. Playmates Toys Inc., 108 F.3d 140 (7th Cir. 1997, Judge Wood) (Copyright Infringement)
  • AT&T v. Synet, 45 U.S.P.Q.2d 1656 (N.D. Ill. 1997, Judge Coar) (Trademark Infringement)
  • Harmony Gold U.S.A. Inc. v. FASA Corp., 40 U.S.P.Q.2d 1057 (N.D. Ill. 1996, Judge Andersen) (Copyright Infringement)
  • FASA Corp. v. Playmates Toys Inc., 869 F.Supp. 1334 (N.D. Ill. 1994, Judge Castillo) (Trade Dress)

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Professional Activities

  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education : Board of Directors
  • Chicago Bar Association Professional Responsibility Committee 2011-2012 : Chair
  • Chicago Bar Association Professional Responsibility Committee : Legislative Liaison
  • Chicago Bar Association : Member
  • Illinois Bar Association : Member
  • American Bar Association : Member
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago : Member
  • CBA Young Lawyers Section : Former Director
  • CBA Young Lawyers Section Intellectual Property Committee : Former Chair

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Publications

  • Author of all three chapters on trademark and unfair competition law in the Intellectual Property Law Handbook, published by IICLE.
  • Co-author, "You Wrote It, But Who Owns It? An Overview of Copyright Law," published by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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Presentations

  • "Emerging Trends in Advertising Law," U.S. headquarters of a Fortune Global 500 company (January 2013)
  • "Ethical Issues in Trademark Clearance and Investigations", John Marshall Law School's Ethics in the Practice of Intellectual Property Law program, Chicago, IL (May 2009)
  • "Developments in Trademark Law," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Intellectual Property Short Course, Chicago, IL (December 2008)

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