Ela Baio’s practice is dedicated to intellectual property counseling. Ela handles various aspects of patent and trademark counseling, prosecution, and enforcement for a broad range of companies to develop effective intellectual property protection strategies nationally and globally that align with the companies’ business objectives.
I focus my practice on intellectual property, including patent and trademark matters. My experience ranges from prosecuting US 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; high-speed manufacturing machinery; biomechanical devices; and consumer products. I have conducted numerous personal interviews at the USPTO and defended patent oppositions before the European Patent Office.
In the trademark area, I am involved in all stages of trademark prosecution, including developing their brands, developing strategic trademark filing strategies, 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 and defending trademark rights throughout the world. I have counseled clients regarding trademark matters in the fields of publishing and printing, insurance, banking, entertainment, healthcare, software, blockchain and cryptocurrency, dental goods, food and beverage, fashion, cosmetics, consumer products, and coin counting..
Given the ease of accessing, importing, and copying products and services across borders and jurisdictions, it is critical for companies to have a strategic plan to broadly clear and protect their inventions and brands.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
University of Notre Dame, B.S., Chemical Engineering
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