Janet Garetto is a partner in the IP group. Her practice spans the firm’s Trademarks & Copyrights, Patents and IP Litigation practice groups. Janet counsels clients on IP issues facing their brands. In addition, she counsels clients on patent protection and litigation prevention issues with a focus on chemical and mechanical technologies.
I focus my practice on three main areas, leveraging experience with varied IP matters to help clients manage complex IP issues.
I represent companies from varied industries develop brand strategies and goals including trademark procurement, trademark portfolio development and maintenance, addressing brand misuse issues, and developing internal branding guidelines and best practices. I assist clients with day-to-day issues that arise in connection with their trademark portfolios.
I work with clients to develop and implement patent strategies including patent procurement, patent portfolio development and maintenance, competitive patent intelligence and analysis and enforcement of patents.
I focus on prosecuting medical, chemical and mechanical patent matters and emphasize strategic goals for my clients’ important inventions and R&D investments. I assist clients with their day-to-day U.S. and international patent deadlines.
In all three areas, I leverage the deep experience of our Brands & Creations, Patents and IP Litigation groups to create teams that can efficiently and effectively provide excellent service to meet client needs and goals related to their IP investments.
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I am steadfast in monitoring reports about what in-house counsel want from their outside law firms. Knowing “value-add” is and will continue to be top of mind to corporate law departments, I am continually exploring creative ways to provide thoughtful legal advice in a cost-effective manner.
FoodNavigator-USA | October 06, 2017
Chicago IP counseling and transactions partner Janet Garetto is featured in this Q&A article about IP protections for food manufacturers.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | October 15, 2015
Chicago IP Counseling & Transactions partner Janet Garetto and Chicago IP Litigation partner Russ Genet co-authored this column on protecting the valued attorney-client privilege. Click here to read the full article.
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Northwestern University, B.A., Chemistry
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Harvard University, "Leading Professional Services Firms" Executive Education Program, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Janet was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the fields of: Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law. Janet has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2013, and was the 2018 Chicago “Lawyer of the Year” for Intellectual Property.
A leader in her field, Janet was elected and served as president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, the oldest IP law association in the United States with over 1,200 members, from 2011–12. She also served the organization as its immediate past president and co-chair of the IPLAC IP Symposium planning committee.
In 2006, Janet was named as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys to Watch Under 40” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Janet has been recognized as “Rising Star” by the Illinois Super Lawyers magazine every year from 2008–2012 and as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014.
In 2013 and 2014, Janet was recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property. She was also featured in IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP, a new publication from Managing IP that identifies the leading female IP attorneys in the U.S. In 2014, Janet was ranked as a leading Illinois lawyer for prosecution by the IAM Patent 1000.