Chicago Innovators Turn to Partner Cameron Pick and Associate Shannon Hughes Mastick for Guidance at Chicago Inventors Organization Legal Day

April 20, 2021

On March 25, 2021, Partner Cameron Pick and Associate Shannon Hughes Mastick volunteered alongside other Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) members at the Chicago Inventors Organization’s first Legal Zoom Day to provide information on intellectual property (IP) to inventors.

The seminar began with a panel discussion about the basics of IP law, and the importance of having an attorney involved at all stages of the creative and inventive process.

After the panel, IPLAC volunteers led various discussions in Zoom breakout rooms and answered attendees’ questions about patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, contracts and agreements, and other IP strategies. Cameron led the “IP Strategies” breakout room to discuss strategies for inventors’ patent portfolios and, for those just getting started, he also answered general questions about the patenting process. Shannon led the “Patent Basics” breakout room where she answered questions from inventors who were at many different stages of development.

Cameron Pick prosecutes domestic and foreign patents for emerging technologies across a range of industries, with a particular focus on electrical and software engineering. He also prepares patentability, infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions; responds to USPTO office actions; provides day-to-day intellectual property counseling; and develops sophisticated, forward-thinking patent strategies for a diverse clientele, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Cameron’s appeal briefs have delivered a number of client victories before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He has been with Marshall Gerstein for eight years and is an active member of IPLAC.

Shannon Hughes Mastick handles all aspects of domestic and international patent prosecution, from helping inventors define and document their innovations to drafting patent applications, responding to USPTO office actions, conducting interviews with patent examiners, and managing foreign agents. She also prepares patentability, infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions and conducts portfolio analysis and due diligence. With a focus on electrical and computer technologies, her clients range from Fortune 100 corporations to universities and individual inventors. She has been with Marshall Gerstein for six years and is an active member of IPLAC.

The Chicago Inventors Organization’s vision includes being the premier provider of positive, affordable, credible resources to inventors whose products range across all markets. Recognized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it is the only organization of its kind in the Chicagoland area.

Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) is the bar association in Chicago for lawyers, patent agents, and paralegals who want to be part of the conversation on innovation and technology. IPLAC is at the forefront of innovation on the Chicago scene and is the place where practitioners come together to stay ahead of the curve, make an impact in their community, and network with other forward-thinking thought leaders.