Biography

Tiffany D. Gehrke secures and protects the intellectual property rights of a broad range of clients. In this role, her prior experience as a software engineer gives her valuable insider perspectives into clients’ technologies. Ms. Gehrke understands the value of clients’ intellectual property rights and assists those clients in obtaining and protecting those rights in the U.S. and throughout the world. Ms. Gehrke enforces clients’ intellectual property rights through litigation in state and federal court, through proceedings before the USPTO, and through other dispute resolution forums.

She was selected for inclusion in the 2013 and 2014 Illinois Rising Stars® lists, featuring outstanding young attorneys in the state.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Successfully secured multi-million dollar judgment against online retailer of counterfeit goods for trademark and copyright infringement.
  • Counsels and provides patentability opinions and infringement analysis opinions.

Ms. Gehrke also has experience investigating and analyzing issues relating to:

  • Patent, trademark, and copyright infringement
  • Trade secrets
  • Patentability
  • Counterfeiting
  • Trademark dilution
  • Breach of contract
  • Unfair competition

BACKGROUND AND CREDENTIALS

Ms. Gehrke earned her J.D., with a Certificate in Trial Advocacy, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she was on the Dean’s List, a two-time regional finalist and national quarter-finalist of the Giles S. Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court team, an Intellectual Property Fellow, and a Chicago IP Colloquium Fellow. Ms. Gehrke was also awarded Loyola’s Laura Terlizzi Scholarship, given to a female student intending to practice intellectual property law. She also served as a senior editor of the Annals of Health Law journal. She completed a B.S.E. in computer science engineering from The University of Michigan. Ms. Gehrke is licensed to practice in the state of Illinois and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.S.E., Computer Science Engineering

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • "PTAB Zone." Presented at The Richard Linn American Inn of Court, October 2013
  • "Incivility in the Legal Profession." Presented to Loyola University Chicago School of Law at Middle Temple, London, England, December 2012
  • "Ethics Issues in Parallel International IP Litigation." Presented at The Richard Linn American Inn of Court, September 2012
  • "To declare or not to declare (judgment): That is the question," The Illinois Manufacturer, Summer 2012
  • "Ethics: Difficult Depositions." Presented at The Richard Linn American Inn of Court, February 2012

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COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • The Richard Linn American Inn of Court
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC); co-chair, Membership Committee 2014-15
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)

In Ms. Gehrke’s spare time, she volunteers with the Chicago Cares organization and also volunteers as a tutor to help at risk Chicago public high school students prepare for the ACT.