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Fitch Even Elects Equity Partners

March 5, 2019

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery is pleased to announce that David M. Kogan, Nicole L. Little, Joseph F. Marinelli, and Jonathan H. Urbanek have been made equity partners of the firm.

David M. Kogan has substantial experience in both patent prosecution and IP litigation, representing clients in a wide range of industries including biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, computer software, and mechanical, medical, and wireless devices. David also assists start-up, midsized, and large companies with global IP portfolio management, strategic development, and licensing. David earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School. He holds both a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and an M.S. degree in Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology from the University of Southern California.

Nicole L. Little focuses her practice primarily on patent litigation, representing 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. In addition, her experience extends to IP issues that arise in corporate advertising, marketing, and promotions, including those related to advertising agreements, advertising and labeling claims, and legal compliance with federal and state requirements. Nikki is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

Joseph F. Marinelli has considerable experience litigating complex patent, trade secrets, and trademark cases in a variety of industries. He has represented clients in numerous jury trials relating to patent infringement, validity, and breach of license. Joe’s practice also extends to participating in post-issuance proceedings in the USPTO. In addition to his trial work, Joe negotiates and prepares patent, software, and trademark licenses and technology agreements. He also regularly counsels clients on patent infringement avoidance, providing validity opinions and offering IP portfolio valuation and management guidance. Joe earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a B.S., in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

Jonathan H. Urbanek focuses his practice on preparation and prosecution of patent applications, advising clients on the development and protection of a strong patent portfolio and other IP-related issues. Jon provides counsel on freedom-to-operate decisions, product design-arounds, competitive technology analysis, and other issues that support an effective patent strategy. He has notable experience working with diverse technologies including medical devices, irrigation, conveyor belt accessories, power systems, earth-moving equipment, packaging, food processing, communications equipment, e-commerce, computer systems, electro-mechanical devices, railcar systems, and manufacturing. Jon is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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