Jessica A. Ekhoff

Phone: 312-554-7942

Email: jae@pattishall.com

Bio

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 2012)
  • University of Missouri (B.A., summa cum laude, 2009)

Bar Admissions

Illinois

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Industry Expertise

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Representative Trials, Appeals & Litigation

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Jessica A. Ekhoff

''Jessica was unwaveringly committed, professional, human, and upbeat throughout the whole process. Her passion for law is contagious and I learned a lot from her.''





Jessica Ekhoff has always loved a good story. When it came time to choose a college, Jessica opted for the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. It was there that she took a class on media and communications law and decided to go to law school. After receiving her B.A., summa cum laude, with majors in political science and psychology and a minor in journalism, Jessica moved on to the University of Chicago Law School, graduating in 2012.

Jessica brings her passion for crafting great stories into her law practice. She knows how to ask the right questions and create compelling narratives. She takes the time to explore the industries that matter to her clients so she can understand the greater context of their problems and goals. Most of all, she understands that great branding is a critical element of the stories her clients want to tell.

Jessica's practice is focused on litigation and includes representing clients in federal district and appellate courts, state courts, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Jessica uses a storyteller's approach to drafting successful pleadings and motions, and deposition questions and discovery requests tailored to elicit just the right information. Jessica has taken and defended depositions, worked with many types of experts, including survey experts, and negotiated creative and effective settlement agreements.

Jessica also has experience drafting rules for contests and sweepstakes; clearing advertising claims; advising on cause marketing campaigns; managing international trademark portfolios; handling alternative dispute resolution proceedings; negotiating and drafting trademark and copyright assignments and licenses, website terms of use, and privacy policies; preparing clearance reports to enable filmmakers to obtain E&O insurance; and resolving domain name disputes through UDRP and URS proceedings.

When she's off the clock Jessica enjoys improv comedy, podcasts, indoor cycling, and, of course, writing.

Industry Expertise

  • Apparel
  • Automobiles & Components
  • Food & Drug Retailing
  • Household & Personal Products
  • Music & Entertainment
  • Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology

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Representative Trials, Appeals & Litigation

  • Stacey Vetter, et al. v. Christine McAtee, et al., No. 15-20575 (5th Cir. March 1, 2017) (Trademark)
  • Eli Lilly and Company and Novartis Tiergesundheit AG v. Scott Martin, d/b/a Best Value Pet Supplies, and DOES 1-10, Case No. 1:16-cv-01787-RLY-DML (S.D. Indiana, Judge Young) (Trademark, Unfair Competition)
  • Azenga, Inc. and Rick Rosenthal v. Double Play Films, LLC and Gabriel Klinger, Case No. 16-L-942 (Ill. Cir. Ct. 2016, Judge Tailor) (settlement resolving dispute with former business partner and allowing client to maintain all rights in film) (Breach of Contract, Copyright)
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company v. The Wooster Brush Company, Case No. 5:12-cv-03052-JRA (N.D. Ohio 2015, Judge Adams) (granting The Sherwin-Williams Company's motion for partial summary judgment, in part, and denying defendant's motion for summary judgment in its entirety) (Trade Dress, Unfair Competition)
  • CNH Industrial America LLC v. Terry Burkart, Case No. D2015-1683 (WIPO 2015) (caseih.parts and newholland.parts ordered transferred to complainant) (Domain Name)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. v. INTDOMAIN/APEXED, Case No. D2015-1413 (WIPO 2015) (booz-allen.org ordered transferred to complainant) (Domain Name)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. v. Andrea Dini, Case No. D2015-1626 (WIPO 2015) (booz-allen.net ordered transferred to complainant) (Domain Name)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. v. Groupfield Limited, Case No. D2015-1614 (WIPO 2015) (booz-allen.biz ordered transferred to complainant) (Domain Name)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. v. Leftfielddomains.com, Case No. D2015-1414 (WIPO 2015) (boozallenclassic.com transferred to complainant) (Domain Name)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. v. Hongjie Shi, Case No. D2015-1009 (WIPO 2015) (boozallen.asia ordered transferred to complainant) (Domain Name)
  • CNH Industrial Inc. v. Steve Brim, Case No D2015-1188 (WIPO 2015) (newhollandtractor.parts ordered transferred to complainant) (Domain Name)
  • Eli Lilly and Company v. Graham Nelson and Zoja Pty Ltd. d/b/a Pet Supply International Ltd. and Pet Products, Case No. 1:13-cv-1800 JMS-DML (S.D. Indiana, Judge Magnus-Stinson) (Trademark Infringement, Trade Dress Infringement, False Advertising)
  • Eli Lilly and Company v. Graham Nelson and Zoja Pty Ltd. d/b/a Pet Supply International Ltd. and Pet Products, Case No. 1:13-cv-1800 JMS-DML (S.D. Indiana, Judge Magnus-Stinson) (Trademark Infringement, Trade Dress Infringement, False Advertising)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. v. Fabrizio Benassi, Case No. FA1410001587850 (Nat'l Arb. Forum, 2014) (boozallen.services, name suspended per complaint) (Domain Name, URS Proceeding)
  • Eli Lilly and Company v. Sebastian Wiradharma a/ka/ Sebastian Singh and Singpet Pte. Ltd., Case No. 1:13-cv-1802 (S.D. Ind. 2014, Judge Young) (Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, False Advertising)
  • Eli Lilly and Company v. Marcel Carvalho, Case No. D2013-1475 (WIPO 2013) (Domain Name)
  • Robert Bosch GmbH v. Brands Environment Establishment, Opposition No. 91211110 (TTAB 2013) (Trademark)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. v. DP Consulting, Int'l, Case No. D2012-1204 (WIPO 2013) (Domain Name)
  • Robert Bosch GmbH v. Brands Environment Establishment, Opposition No. 91209003 (TTAB 2013) (Trademark)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. v. Jo Han, Case No. D2013-1206 (WIPO 2013) (Typosquatting)
  • PepsiCo, Inc. v. Ram Traders, Ltd., 2013 WL 100769 (D. Nev. 2013, Judge Mahan) (Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Trademark Dilution)
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. v. PrivacyProtect.org/ICS Inc., Case No. D2013-0740 (WIPO 2013) (Typosquatting)

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Professional Activities

  • Chicago Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee : Chair (2016-2017); Co Vice-Chair (2015-2016); Member (2012-Present)
  • The Polsky Exchange at the University of Chicago : Start-Up Mentor (2016-present)
  • First Defense Legal Aid : Volunteer Attorney (2016-present)
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts : Associate Board Member and Volunteer Attorney (2015-present)
  • Chicago Bar Foundation : Young Professionals Board Member (2014-present)
  • Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law : Associate Steering Committee Member (2014-present)
  • International Trademark Association : International Amicus Committee Member (2014-2015)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago : Member (2012-present)

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Representative Publications

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Representative Presentations

  • "All's Clear- Or Is It? Titles, Character Names, Set Design, and Other Clearance Issues for Authors and Filmmakers," The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America 50th Anniversary Nebula Conference, Chicago, IL (May 2016)
  • "Trademarks 101: How to Find and Protect a Strong Brand," Chicago Innovation Exchange, Chicago, IL (May 2016)
  • "All's Clear - Or Is It? Titles, Character Names, Set Design, and Everything Else to Look For When Preparing a Film Clearance Opinion," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL (October 2015)
  • "The Dos & Don'ts of Self-Evaluations," Moderator, Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, Chicago, IL (October 2015)
  • "Intellectual Property Law Basics for Non-IP Attorneys," Moderator, Chicago Bar Association CLE Seminar, Chicago, IL (October 2015)
  • "Advertising in the Food Industry: How to Avoid Getting into Hot Water," Good Food Business Accelerator at 1871, Chicago, Illinois (April 2015)
  • "Gray Market Goods," Guest Speaker, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Trademarks Class, Chicago, IL (March 2015)
  • "What is a Trademark and Why Should I Care?", International Trademark Association Unreal Campaign, Chicago, Illinois (October 2013)
  • "How to Conduct a Trademark Search," Northwestern University School of Law's 8th Annual Entrepreneurship Law Center Conference, Chicago, Illinois (April 2013)
  • "Careers in Intellectual Property Law," Panelist, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago. IL (October 2012)

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Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

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