June 30, 2021
Chicago-area nominees are evaluated by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Women’s Advisory Board and chosen by the CDLB and CL selection committee for their work to mentor and promote other women in the profession, for their success in the legal community, and for being a shining example of leadership.
Nikki is an IP litigator who represents clients in cases across a broad spectrum of technologies. She has participated in numerous jury and bench trials on behalf of clients ranging from individual inventors to multinational corporations. Nikki also represents clients in post-issuance proceedings in the USPTO in parallel with ongoing district court proceedings. She is cofounder and chair of Chicago Women in IP, a networking and mentoring organization committed to the connection, promotion, and success of Chicagoland-area women working in the field of intellectual property law.
IP Alert | Stock Ownership Leads to Vacatur of $2.75B District Court JudgmentAugust 8, 2022
On June 23, in Centripetal Networks v. Cisco Systems, the Federal Circuit vacated judgment of the district court because stock held by the judge's wife violated the recusal statute and was not harmless error. Read more
IP Alert | Rehearing Reverses Earlier Federal Circuit Decision Finding Silence Supported Negative Claim LimitationJuly 6, 2022
On June 21, in Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation v. Accord Healthcare, Inc., a reshuffled Federal Circuit panel reversed course on rehearing to find that a negative claim limitation was not supported by silence in the patent's specification. Read more