Biography

Chelsea’s practice as an intellectual property (IP) litigator is focused on the protection and enforcement of patent rights in matters before various U.S. Federal Courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the International Trade Commission. She also has experience litigating copyright, trademark, and trade secret disputes. Chelsea has worked on a variety of complex matters involving diverse technologies, including computer hardware and software, telecommunications, computer networking, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Chelsea has experience with various stages of litigation, including pre-suit analysis and strategy, taking and defending depositions, claim construction briefing, drafting and responding to dispositive motions, and expert witness preparation. Chelsea is also active in pro bono matters.

In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys hiking, walking her dog, playing squash, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills. 

Representative Experience

Chelsea’s IP litigation experience ranges across a variety of technologies and industries, including:

  • Website and database architecture
  • Web-based applications
  • Mobile applications
  • Multimedia streaming services
  • Electrical consumer products
  • Mechanical consumer products
  • Telecommunication systems
  • Digital imaging
  • Signal processing and operating systems
  • 3D printing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical devices

Chelsea also has experience investigating and analyzing issues relating to:

  • Patent, trademark, and copyright infringement
  • Correction of patent inventorship
  • Design patents
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Patentability
  • Counterfeiting
  • Breach of contract
  • Unfair competition
  • Tortious interference with a contract or business relationship
  • Fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation
  • Civil conspiracy

Background and Credentials

Prior to joining Marshall Gerstein, Chelsea served as an extern for the Honorable Charles P. Kocoras at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and for the Honorable William J. Bauer at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She also worked as a law student extern at the United States Attorney’s Office. She received her J.D., cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law.

During law school, Chelsea served as an editor of the DePaul Law Review, and was on the executive board for the Cyber Law Organization. She was awarded the CALI Award in the categories of Patent Law, Patent & Trademark Drafting, and Electronic Discovery. Chelsea received the Robert & Clytia Chambers Award in Patent Law, an honor given to the student with the strongest understanding of patent law. She also participated in the Business Law Clinic, assisting startup companies with contract formation and negotiations, trademark selection and evaluation, and preparing copyright and trademark applications.

Chelsea joined Marshall Gerstein as an Associate in 2019. She previously served as a Summer Associate, supporting clients of the firm’s Electrical & Computer Technology and Litigation practice groups.

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D., cum laude)
    • Certificate in Intellectual Property and Patent Law
  • DePauw University (B.A.)
    • Computer Science

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Admitted to practice pro hac vice in various district courts throughout the U.S.

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Richard Linn American Inn of Court
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
  • Chicago Women in Intellectual Property (ChiWIP)

Publications and Presentations

  • “Challenges of Intellectual Property and Branding on Regulatory Approvals," Nutraceutical and Functional Food Regulations in the United States and around the World, Third Edition, Co-Author, June 2019. 
  • “Berkheimer v. HP Inc., 881 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2018),” 29 DePaul J. Art, Tech. & Intell. Prop. L. 113 (2019).
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