Elizabeth Baio - IP Counseling & Transactions lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

Elizabeth Baio

Ela Baio’s practice is dedicated to intellectual property counseling. Ela handles various aspects of patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement for a broad range of technology companies to develop effective intellectual property protection strategies nationally and globally that align with the companies’ business objectives.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on intellectual property, including patent and trademark matters. My experience ranges from prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications, clearance work, due diligence evaluations and preparing validity and infringement opinions, to client management, licensing, domain name enforcement and litigation matters.

With my background in chemical engineering, I have a special emphasis in the mechanical and chemical areas. I have counseled clients regarding patent protection for chemical products and processes; controlled release devices; wagering systems; packaging and storage devices; surgical, medical, and dental products; biomechanical devices; and consumer products. I have conducted numerous personal interviews at the USPTO and recently defended a patent opposition proceeding before the European Patent Office.

In the trademark area, I am involved in all stages of trademark prosecution, including filing applications, responding to office actions and submitting post-registration maintenance documents. I also assist clients in managing their trademark portfolios, determining the availability of marks, monitoring the use of potentially confusing marks and enforcing trademark rights throughout the world. I have counseled clients regarding trademark matters in the fields of publishing and printing, insurance, banking, computer software and systems integration, dental goods, food and beverages, consumer products and coin counting.

What do you see on the horizon?

I’ve been following the effects of the implementation of the America Invents Act. We’re developing and implementing strategies for clients to optimize their IP protection in view of recent changes in this area.

Publications and Presentations

  • ABA - IPL Newsletter, contributing author of summaries of recent developments in IP law (2008-present).
  • INTA Roundtable Co-Host on "Using Multi-Jurisdiction Filing Options, namely, the Madrid System, Community Trademarks (CTMs) and Registered Community Designs (RCDs)," October 2009.  (Moderator)

Brand Battles: Instagram empires fight over 'meme' game trademark

Law360 | May 21, 2021

This roundup of recent actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board mentions the firm for the work of Chicago Intellectual Property partner Elizabeth Baio and Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler for representing game maker Doing Things Media LLC in its trademark dispute with What Do You Meme LLC.


Elizabeth Baio



Phone: 312-425-8684

Fax: 866-750-3413

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.

University of Notre Dame, B.S., Chemical Engineering


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • International Trademark Association
  • Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global, Board member
  • Notre Dame Club of Joliet, Board and Scholarship Committee member
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